Ritz-Carlton hosts ‘Our Big Easy’ benefit | VailDaily.com

Ritz-Carlton hosts ‘Our Big Easy’ benefit

Daily Staff Report

BACHELOR GULCH – The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch and The Taste of Vail announce that they are hosting ‘Our Big Easy Benefit,’ a fundraiser event to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.Bringing together a collection of restaurants in the Vail Valley, Southern Wine and Spirits, Grand Vin Limited, National Distributing Company and Bacardi, this “Taste of the Valley”-style event is slated for Sept. 28 in the ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch from 6-9:30 p.m. “Seeing those tragic pictures of that flooded historic city and tens of thousands of lives destroyed moved us to action. We had to do something,” said Steven Holt, director of public relations at The Ritz-Carlton. “The outpouring of support from this community has been amazing.” “Our Big Easy Benefit” – as the event is being called – features foods from more than 20 restaurants with wine and bourbon tastings, Bacardi hurricanes, live jazz music, a speakeasy casino, a giant silent auction and the Western-themed, camp-inspired Ritz Kids Roundup. Special Patron tickets priced at $150 per person include early access to the event at 6 p.m. and include VIP valet parking up at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. General admission tickets with 7 p.m. access to the event will range in price from $75 for individuals, $125 for couples to $150 for families with up to two kids. All ticket proceeds will be donated to soon-to-be-announced locally-based beneficiaries. The Ritz Kids Roundup program will operate in a separate adjacent area for family ticket holders during “Our Big Easy Benefit” for children, ages 5-12. General admission parking is available in the Elk and Bear lots below Bachelor Gulch along Highway 6 with continuous shuttle service between the parking lots and The Ritz-Carlton beginning at 6 p.m. Proceeds from “Our Big Easy Benefit” will support locally-based organizations in their efforts to provide relief to the disaster area. A portion of the proceeds will be earmarked to assist evacuees that may relocate to the Vail Valley and Eagle County. Due to the scope of the tragedy befalling many pets in the area, Bachelor, the resident yellow labrador retriever at The Ritz-Carlton, will also raise money separately during the event for the Louisiana Humane Society to assist and save “displaced four-legged Americans.” Other sponsors of “Our Big East Benefit” include The Vail Daily, Vail Resorts, The Vail Valley Foundation, Continental Airlines (who have donated three pairs of first-class domestic and international airfare), EPS Design & Print, Alpine Party Rentals and Destination Services of Colorado. Restaurant partners and beneficiaries will be announced at later date. For event information or to make a donation, contact the big easy hotline at 343-1161. Tickets may be purchased through the Vilar Center Box Office, beginning Monday between 11 a.m.-5 p.m., by calling 845-TIXS.Vail Colorado