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Vail’s Harvest Party helps Humane Society

Caramie Schnellcschnell@vaildaily.comVail, CO Colorado
Vail Daily file photo/Kristin AndersonEagle Valley Humane Society president Bill Loper, center, tosses a ring to try to get it around a bottle of wine at last year's Harvest Party in Vail, Colorado
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VAIL, Colorado -Like all hot-ticket soirees, this year’s Harvest Party in Vail, Colorado will have a handful – well, a boxful, really – of celebrity attendees. Eight black bottle-feeding kittens will be at Saturday’s event. The kittens are being bottle fed by Humane Society volunteer foster moms.Much to the enjoyment of attendees, one kitten attended last year’s event, said organizer Char Quinn. “Everyone really enjoyed visiting and helping feed the kitten, which is why they’re doing it again,” Quinn said. In its 10th anniversary, the annual Harvest Party is set for 6 p.m. Saturday night at the Lion Square Lodge in Vail. Proceeds from the party benefit the Eagle Valley Humane Society, a local nonprofit that relies fully on donations and grants to survive. Last year the event raised around $15,000, and Quinn, the Humane Society’s director, hopes to at least match that number this year.

Avon resident Amy Phillips has attended many of the past Harvest Party’s with her husband, Bill, and will likely attend Saturday’s event, she said. “I like the fact that the event raises money for the Humane Society,” Phillips said.The event pairs food – like barbecue bacon-wrapped scallops from the Dusty Boot and tuna tartare on crispy wonton from Grand Avenue Grill – with high-end wines. “It’s a really nice food-and-wine pairing,” Phillips said. “Plus, its not quite as big as some of the other (wine/food events), and it’s a little more locally focused, which is nice.”This year’s event will feature beer tasting for the first time. As in years past, attendees can expect a silent auction, a raffle and a wine ring toss. Live music will be provided by Dave Laub & Friends. Churchill Wine Cellars will be letting attendees looking to get a little closer to the wine-making process stomp grapes. “The grape stomping is pretty entertaining,” Phillips said. “I’ve thought about it in years past, but I’ve yet to stomp the grapes.”Maybe this Harvest Party will mark a first for Phillips. “It very well could,” she said. High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.

Lion Square Lodge is offering $89/night room rates for Harvest Party attendees. Guests who book rooms will automatically be entered into a raffle to win their stay for free


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