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Wallets open for Mountains of Hope

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Daily file photoWhile there are plenty of smiles involved with the American Ski Classic, there is also serious business to be done. Thursday's Mountains of Hope benefit will raise money for four local charities.

VAIL ” While competitors at the 2005 Countrywide American Ski Classic will have their sights set squarely on the Golden Peak finish line, all participants will focus on a much different goal on Thursday evening, as the Mountains of Hope benefit dinner and auction raises funds for a collection of deserving charities.

Scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Lodge at Vail, the evening’s festivities will include cocktails, buffet fondue dinner and a live auction.

Mountains of Hope tickets are $150 each and may be purchased through the Vail Valley Foundation by calling (970) 949-1999.

“Mountains of Hope is a tremendous way for the Countrywide American Ski Classic to make a substantial contribution to others that are not as fortunate as we are,” said Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation. “We often tend to take a lot of things for granted, especially living and working in the Vail Valley, but our 2005 charities provide great avenues for sharing with others.”

The four charities that will receive proceeds generated from Mountains of Hope include Rebuilding Together, the Waterkeeper Alliance, Hole in the Wall Camps and the Vail Valley Foundation.

The charities will be responsible for providing the Mountains of Hope live auction items.

Rebuilding Together’s mission is to preserve and revitalize houses and communities, assuring that low income homeowners, from the elderly and disabled to families with children, live in warmth, safety and independence.

The Waterkeeper Alliance provides a centralized source for scientific, legal, media support and capacity building, while coordinating water protection campaigns, bringing together environmental experts with local organizations to protect and defend the well being of their local water bodies.

Hole in the Wall Camps are the world’s largest family of camps for children with serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions.

Children with cancer, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS and many other conditions come to camp to experience the simple joys of childhood without compromising any of their medical needs.

The Vail Valley Foundation is a nonprofit organization responsible for enhancing the quality of life in the Vail Valley through athletic, cultural and educational programs, including Success at Six, a project tasked with providing full-time, pre-school education to all kindergarten-aged children in the Vail Valley.

In addition to money raised via Mountains of Hope and the actual Ford Cup celebrity team races, organizers have set up an online giving program at http://www.justgiving.com/asc, where Countrywide American Ski Classic participants, or anyone wishing to help raise money for the charities, can set up a personal fund-raising web page.

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