Vail Daily letter: Successful event |

Vail Daily letter: Successful event

Kathy Reed
Executive director, CASA
Vail, CO Colorado

The eighth annual CASA of the Continental Divide Gingerbread House Competition and Auction was held Nov. 26 in conjunction with the Beaver Creek Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event was very successful thanks to sponsors , donors, volunteers and attendees.

The focus of the event was the gingerbread creations. All the entries, from the professionals to the youngest child’s, demonstrated a lot of creativity and effort. We extend to all the gingerbread creators a big thank you because, without them, CASA could not hold this event every year.

CASACD thanks the wall sponsor, Dwight Yackley, Spokes Bicycles, Wheaton, Ill. Also, major sponsors included Alpine Bank; Slifer, Smith and Frampton; David and Kathleen Ferguson; Jerry and Laura Dziedzic; and Norma Horner and John Estes, the guardians ad litem of the 5th Judicial. Generous donations also came from the Perot Foundation, Vail Summit Orthopaedics, Evey and Bill Statz. Many thanks go to the donors of silent auction items ranging from a flat in London to a place in the Canadian Rockies.

Special thanks go to the High Altitude Quilt Guild who donated a quilt for the auction and all the volunteers who made wreaths and ornaments and those who donated cookies, and other edibles, and our emcee, State Sen. Dan Gibbs.

Appreciation also goes to the group at Beaver Creek Resorts, particularly Jean Dennison and Katie Tille, who provided advertisements, judges and expertise. The team at Park Hyatt provided the facility, helped in the layout and trouble-shooting. Thanks there go to many, but include Peach Duty and Michael Ramirez.

Winners of the gingerbread competition

First place:

Professional: Bernie Oswald, Confections Creations, “Weihnachtliche Traume.”

Amateur: Roberta Dorfman, “Christmas Time.”

Children’s Division 1 (ages 7 and under): Malia Nelson, “Santa’s Helpers House.”

Children’s Division 2 (ages 8-12): Sara Dorfman, “It’s snowing! No, wait it’s a spaceship!”

Second place:

Professional: Marcia Kramer and Bernhard Schrag, Johnson and Wales “Tatonka Village.”

Amateur: Tracie Deskin and Vonda Modlin, “A Christmas Nursery Rhyme.”

Children Division 1: Steven Dent, “Christmas Excitement”

Children Division 2: Julia Burrell, “A Very Merry “Woof-mas”

Third place:

Professional: Mark Metzger and Bill Fitzgerald, Larkspur and Avondale, “Fantasy Treehouse.”

Amateur: Susan Moran, “The List”

Children Division 1: Katelyn Caudill, “La Casa de Dulce.”

Children Division 2: Hadley, Oliver and August Braaten, “North Pole Ski Area.”

Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Continental Divide advocates for abused and neglected children in the 5th Judicial District which includes Eagle, Lake, Summit and Clear Creek Counties. Through CASACD’s efforts about 65 cases involving 124 children were supported in the last fiscal year.

Again, many thanks to all who made this a successful event.

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