Vail Society: Ultimate Halloween Gala rocks the Ritz

Betty Ann Woodland
Vail, CO Colorado
Vail Society: Aurora Sprincz, Tsering Emblat and Michelle Labine.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Known for being “the” Halloween bash in the Vail Valley, the Ultimate Halloween Gala proved to be a ghoulish good time Friday evening at the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch. The theme, a Night at the Opera, fit the elegant venue. Partygoers attending this event tend to go all out in designing their costumes and this year was no exception. There are definitely some creative diehards who put a lot of time, energy and money into their get-ups. I love to see the enthusiasm and verve of some of the performance artists who get into the personas of their characters. Some stay in character all night. All that crazy making is enough to make you want to join in on the creativity. There is still time for a good costume.

The Jonny Mogambo Band kept the crowd hopping into the night dressed as scary monsters themselves. Jonny and the boys did a great job of rocking the house. You can always spot Sarah Millett out there cutting a rug and on Friday a posse of dark angels surrounded her.

The event obviously required a tremendous amount of work. From the R.I.P. tombstones at the lobby entrance that identified the event sponsors, to the elaborate and spooky centerpieces and decorations, the Gala was done right. The crowd was all a buzz and animated. The auctions seem to go seamlessly and the food looked amazing. With Chef Mark Ferguson from Spago at the helm, the dining was top notch. Sweet Basil generously made three different types of martinis to keep things interesting and the lovely Stacey Reed was a quintessential hostess, doling out tempting tasters.

Dynamic duo Dawn Harker and Jana Morgan, pulled off another notorious charity fundraiser that wowed the crowd. They would like to thank all their sponsors including Beaver Creek Resort Company and their gracious host, the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch.

Harker, the chairperson for the Gala, was excited that parents of Charter Academy students, friends and community members came out to support children and education.

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“We need excellent education, a great hospital, a cure for cancer, and open space, to name a few,” Harker said.

These causes and the awesome camaraderie and support that they bring are crucial to the soul of our county.

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