Vail Mountain School prepares for 32nd annual Holiday Gala and Auction |

Vail Mountain School prepares for 32nd annual Holiday Gala and Auction

Daily Staff ReportVail, CO, Colorado

VAIL The festivities leading up to Vail Mountain Schools annual fundraising gala and auction are in full swing. The Gala takes place on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa, and the school has recently launched its online auction, which is full of dozens of items.

Visit to bid on Avalanche, Nuggets, and Broncos tickets; dozens of restaurant gift certificates; a tandem paragliding flight at Bellyache Ridge; a Denver weekend getaway; and one year of Vail Honeywagon trash pick-up. Indulge yourself in a hot stone massage or acupuncture session, treat yourself or friends to a two-night stay at the Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, or get some tips on your swing from golf pro Tom Stickney. Items have global appeal, and bidding starts at one third of their value. The Holiday Gala kicks off the holiday season for Vail residents and guests. Black ties are not required, but an evening of elegance is guaranteed. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, which will feature items from Gorsuch Ltd., Slifer Designs and Kaemmer Toys; plus getaways to Norway, Big Sky, and Grand Targhee; exquisite jewelry from The Golden Bear and Squash Blossom; a five-course dinner at Larkspurs Chefs Table; Avalanche suite tickets and premiere parking for eight; an original piece of art by Carrie Fell; and much more. Guests will enjoy the martini raffle (the lucky martini glass wins a beautiful piece of jewelry valued at $4,000!). Dinner and a live auction begin at 7:30 p.m. The live auction includes one-of-a-kind items like a trip to New York City with Broadway tickets for four, dinner at Carmines, and four nights at the famed Carlyle Hotel. Another New York City package offers three nights in an executive room overlooking Central Park at Trump Tower, plus a private tour of Channel Thirteen/WNET New York. Guests can bid on a Flight of a Lifetime a voyage on a Russian MiG-17 fighter jet with experienced Jet Fighter Pilot Col. Jack Wilhite; trips to Washington, DC, Tortola, Santa Fe, and Nantucket; a set visit on ER, plus lodging at Disneyland; a collection of unique wines from around the world; and-most popular among Vail Mountain School students the coveted Headmaster for a Day. The evening will culminate with entertainment by the Don Watson Band.To round out the event, the Vail Marriott is offering hotel rooms at a special rate of $99 per person on the night of the Holiday Gala. For reservations, call 476-7111 and mention VMS Holiday Gala.Those not attending the Gala can make a donation to Vail Mountain School on the auction website, Proceeds from the Holiday Gala & Auction benefit Vail Mountain Schools academic and co-curricular programs. The school, which offers a college preparatory curriculum, stresses community service and character education. Established in 1962, the school is open to any student in kindergarten through grade 12, regardless of financial circumstances. Tickets to the Gala, a sell-out affair, may be obtained by calling the school at 477-7169 or e-mailing inquiries to more information about the Holiday Gala & Auction or Vail Mountain School, please call 477-7174 or e-mail

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