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The clock strikes at midnight

Laura A. Ball
Daily file photo/Bret HartmanThe martini's will flow tonight at the Eagle County Humane Society Martini Ball at the Tap Room in Vail at 8. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the Tap Room.

VAIL Half the fun of attending the Eagle Valley Humane Societys Martini Ball is to see what Char Quinn is wearing.In years past, the societys director has donned every hue of ball gown imaginable and in various shades of green her favorite color. Tonight, her Christmas green frock is a little different and resembles a certain dress worn by an icon with the initials M.M.The event is Vail formal, Quinn said, which means different things to different people, but basically means dressy.Its a good excuse to get your hair done and put on a pretty dress, said Judi Zalaznick of Edwards who graced last years ball, but wont be indulging this year because she is pregnant and cannot fit into her ball gowns.Thats one reason why a lot of people go, because theres not many functions where people get dressed up and its so fun to dress up, she said. Even when you go to nice to restaurants here most people where a sweater and slacks.The other half is dancing the night away, sipping on cosmopolitans knowing youre raising money for the cute, little fur balls that end up at the shelter.Luc Pols of Vail has made a tradition of attending the ball. He returned from a two-month jaunt around Southeast Asia just in time.You see all your old friends, have a couple drinks and relax. I dont dance unless Im forced to, he said. Its a good cause for the animal shelter plus its fun.Perhaps the biggest cause is spaying and neutering peoples pets that cannot afford it. The spaying and neutering is huge in preventing overpopulation. Theres millions of animals that get euthanized across the country simply because they do not have space. The Martini Ball funds make a big difference in the overpopulation in Eagle County, said Quinn. The $10,000 the society hopes to raise will also support bite education in Eagle County schools and medical assistance for the sheltered animals. That number has quadrupled since the first Martini Ball, Quinn said, which raised $1,500. All ball-goers will receive raffle tickets and are eligible to bid on items from clothing to jewelry in the silent auction throughout the night.Look for Quinn in her dress du jour, only the queen of the ball will not be toting any martinis.Ive never had a martini, she said. I only drink wine, and occasionally a margarita.Staff Writer Laura A. Ball can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14641, or, Colorado

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