Vail Valley Foundation’s Black Diamond Ball moves to new date, location
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What: “Havana Nights,” this year’s Vail Valley Foundation Black Diamond Ball.
When: Saturday, Feb. 18.
Where: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek, 136 E. Thomas Place, Beaver Creek.
Cost: Tickets start at $350 per person.
AVON — The Black Diamond Ball, the Vail Valley Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, is moving to a new date and location.
Traditionally held during the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup race week in early December, the next version of the black-tie affair will happen on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek. The event will continue to be held on Presidents’ Day weekend for the foreseeable future.
“We’ve been discussing changing the date of the Black Diamond Ball for many years,” said Mike Imhof, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Foundation. “Although we enjoyed having this annual fundraiser during the World Cup event period, the reality is that, due to the time of year, many of the people who wanted to attend Black Diamond Ball were unable to and have requested a mid-winter date for the event.
“We feel our new date will allow a broader audience to be part of one of the most enjoyable evenings of the year in our valley.”
The Black Diamond Ball supports the general fund of the Vail Valley Foundation, which provides a wide range of programs, events and services throughout the year in keeping with its mission to elevate the arts, athletics and education in the Vail Valley.
The Foundation is known for its work in education via YouthPower365, which provides programming to more than 4,000 local children through early-childhood, K-12 and scholarship programs. The Vail Valley Foundation also provides the community with several annual events, such as the GoPro Mountain Games, EverBank America’s Winter Opening, the Audi Birds of Prey World Cup and the Vail International Dance Festival.
The organization also led the effort to bring the Alpine World Ski Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek in 1989, 1999 and 2015 and operates the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek Village and the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.
Havana Nights will be the theme of the upcoming event, bringing a Cuban flair to the evening.
“This will be a Black Diamond Ball that you won’t want to miss,” said Taylre Derby, development and events manager for the Vail Valley Foundation. “With all the recent news surrounding improved relations with Cuba, we thought it would be fitting to spice up the evening with a Havana theme. Grab your friends and purchase your tickets for this fun, philanthropic evening.”
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