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Ski Classic will collect funds for local causes, nonprofits

Daily Staff Writer

After parting ways with the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, the Vail Valley Foundation has found four local nonprofit organizations to share the proceeds from this year’s American Ski Classic charity gala.

Since 2000, when the event raised $250,000 for the actor’s foundation, donations declined to $78,000 last year, and Reeve’s group declined to participate this year after partnering with the Vail Valley Foundation for the past five years.

That’s good news for The Heuga Center, Shaw Regional Cancer Center, Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation and the Vail Valley Foundation, which will split this year’s proceeds equally.

Television host Chris Harrison, from ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” will emcee the event Saturday, March 20, at the Park Hyatt at Beaver Creek at 7 p.m.

“Selecting the beneficiaries of this annual gala was very important,” said Vail Valley Foundation President Ceil Folz. “The philanthropic spirit of this community lends itself to an event like this. In one night, guests have the opportunity to support four outstanding organizations during one entertaining and lively night out.”

Each group will provide items for the silent and live auctions, participate on the organizing committee, sell tickets and share volunteer duties. The event includes a cocktail reception and silent auction, dinner and a live auction, followed by live music and dancing. Tickets are available for $250 per person, or $3,000 for a table of 12 by calling 949-1999.

Joining emcee Harrison at the party will be the event’s “Legend of Honor,” ski racing commentator Bob Beattie, and other skiing luminaries such as Patrick Ortlieb, Ken Read, Tamara McKinney, Billy Kidd and the Mahre brothers.

Television celebrities Tate Donovan (“The O.C.”), Paul Rudd (“Friends,” “Office Space,” “Clueless”), Giancarlo Esposito (“Homicide”), Ryan Sutter and Trista Rehn (“The Bachelorette”), and Rob Morrow (“The Guru,” “Northern Exposure”) are scheduled to attend.

The American Ski Classic is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to improve community life through athletic, cultural and educational events and programs. For more information, contact the Vail Valley Foundation at 949-1999 or visit

The beneficiaries

After 20 years, The Heuga Center has established itself as a leader multiple sclerosis management and remains on the cutting edge. Through research, and by expanding and refining its programs, The Heuga Center has brought health and hope to thousands of people and families living with MS and remains the only resource of its kind in the world today.

The mission of the Shaw Regional Cancer Center is to deliver excellent care to cancer patients and their families through progressive, multi-disciplinary clinicians with national affiliations in a comfortable, supportive and convenient environment.

The Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Foundation is dedicated to keeping people of all ages physically active through orthopedic research and education in arthritis, healing, rehabilitation and injury prevention.

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