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Vail Valley Partnership’s annual auction features Lance Armstrong, Willie Nelson items

Michael Kurz
Vail, CO, Colorado

How would a 12-string guitar signed by Willie Nelson look over your mantle? How about an autographed Lance Armstrong jersey or a baseball signed by Troy Tulowitzki?

From rare sports memorabilia, to gift certificates, to fine dining and lodging throughout the valley and beyond, it’s all available through the silent auction portion of the Vail Valley Partnership’s seventh annual Success Awards Gala. With a successful bid you’ll be contributing to the Vail Valley Partnership’s economic vitality mission and supporting the Vail Salvation Army, the Partnership’s 2009/2010 Non-Profit of the Year.

The Gala is set for Feb. 5 at the luxurious Lodge at Vail in Vail Village. There will be cocktails dining, dancing, and the night’s feature, the awards presentation saluting the valley’s best and brightest business talent.

But you don’t have to wait until the event to get in on the auction action. Just go to for a complete listing of this year’s offerings. From a photograph of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team – the “Do you believe in miracles?” bunch – signed by goalie Jim Craig, to an audio-equipped snowsport helmet donated by SOS Outreach, you’ll find great variety, low starting bids and dozens of ways to help the Vail Valley Partnership provide essential chamber services to valley businesses and the Salvation Army continue to give emergency food and support to needy families throughout the year. The auction is open to all. You need not be a Partnership member to participate.

Final bidding on all items will take place at the gala and the winners will be contacted Feb. 8. The online auction allows the Vail Valley Partnership to bring exciting new items to tempt bidders along with a generous selection of familiar products and services that you can enjoy with friends and family, all to benefit organizations making key contributions to our economic vitality and social well-being. It’s a great opportunity to make a big difference during a challenging year.

Throughout the year, the Vail Valley Partnership provides educational programs, networking and business development services to its members while it works in the community to sustain long-term economic vitality. The Vail Salvation Army, which will receive a portion of the event and auction proceeds, provides emergency assistance and strives to meet human needs in an effort to promote self-sufficiency. Its overall goal is to stabilize living conditions by providing food, shelter and housing, utility assistance and basic needs for families and individuals who are temporarily unable to provide for themselves.

So jump in, get online and let the fun begin. It’s all there at And, don’t forget to reserve your seats or a full table at the gala. Contact Michelle Kobelan at 970-477-4001 or e-mail

Michael Kurz is the President and CEO of the Vail Valley Partnership.

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