Vail Society: Feathers Fly at Vilar Center Guild Fundraiser |

Vail Society: Feathers Fly at Vilar Center Guild Fundraiser

Annah Scully
Vail, CO Colorado
Betty Ann Woodland/Special to the Vail DailyVail Society: Margrit Brinker, Sallie Fawcett, Ginny Forstmann, Kris Gary, Rosie Corbet

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –As I entered the Beaver Creek Club in Colorado’s Vail Valley Friday evening, tippy-toeing in my slick-soled heels through the snow and onto the red carpet, I was immediately surrounded by fabulously feathered females. They were everywhere draped in their signature sparkling boas, and full of welcome.

The Vilar Center Guild is a dedicated group of mostly female members (and a few very lucky fellas) who are passionate about the arts. This was their annual fundraiser to celebrate and support our magnificent Vilar Performing Arts Center.

The guild’s mission is to create an atmosphere of awareness and appreciation for the center, and their purpose is to increase accessibility for all people, increase arts in education (my personal favorite), and increase enthusiasm and attendance.

To this I give a 20-minute Standing O! OK, now my hands are bleeding. But I can still type.

“We need to support the guild,” guild member Sandy Lloyd said. “I love grass-roots operations and this is not just for Beaver Creek, it is for all of the Vail Valley.”

“The Vilar Center provides a great opportunity to enjoy a world class venue, with a great variety of performances,” Chris Anderson of New York City said. “You can see everything from the pros to children’s productions, and it’s all wonderful.”

Lin Bercher, committee chairwoman, told me: “We pack up the valley and bring them to the Vilar. We bring students, underprivileged children, and seniors alike. It is very rewarding.”

The joy created by these passionate patrons was palpable.

Bercher said the guild has over 80 members.

“Look around – boas everywhere,” she said.

The attendees, in boas or not, relished the delightful samplings from many of Vail’s finest restaurants. Marty Waneka raved about the pork potstickers with apple slaw and chili ponzu sauce served by Balata Chef Austin Greene. Vail Catering Concepts Chef Eric Berg offered buffalo moussaka tarts topped with a goat cheese bechamel. And Grouse Mountain Grill Executive Chef David Gutowski wowed us with short rib lettuce wraps. More than 20 restaurants participated. No one left hungry.

The excitement continued as the silent auction winner, Virginia Payson, was announced by Guild Chairwoman Cindy Bright. Payson will enjoy a “Regards to Broadway, New York Get-Away,” where she will see shows, dine in Tribeca, shop at Bloomies, and ride in a carriage through Central Park. Take me with you, Virgina!

Vilar Executive Director Kris Sabel said of the guild: “We are infinitely fortunate to have such a capable group of dedicated women, and a few men, willing to give their time, energy and passion to support the programs at VPAC. And it is also a testament to who this group is and their place in the community that so many local restaurants are willing to support them in their support of us.”

To learn more about the Vilar Center Guild, contact Cindy Bright at For more about upcoming programs at Vilar Performing Arts Center, visit

Annah Scully, a local since1980, is the founder and executive director of the Vail Performing Arts Academy. Contact her at 970-926 2370 or Visit

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