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Ski Ball fundraiser for Team Summit Colorado returns to Keystone

Team Summit Colorado alpine skier Jordan Watts rounds a gate during a race last season. Ski Ball, a gala fundraiser for the team, will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, from 6–10 p.m. at the Keystone Conference Center.

After a five-year hiatus, Ski Ball — a social event and fundraiser for Team Summit Colorado — has returned. The event was created in 1980 as a gala fundraiser for the team, and the tradition continued until 2010. Ski Ball will be held once again on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 6–10 p.m. at the Keystone Conference Center.

Ski Ball was created by Dave and Renie Gorsuch in 1980 as a gala fundraiser to give back to youth development skiing and snowboarding in Summit County, said Rodney Robinson, business development and events manager for Team Summit Colorado. The Gorsuchs were both ski racers at the world-class level, and spent a lot of time and funding giving back to the communities of Summit, Vail and Aspen to support ski racing and youth development programs.

Described as "the" social event of the year by some, it has always been a high-end event, Robinson said.

"We don't have very many (in Summit) that we get dressed up for," he laughed. "It's definitely one of those go-to events through the years that people really look forward to."

Robinson said after moving here a year and a half ago, he kept hearing the same question from parents with kids who were once in the program — when are you bringing Ski Ball back?

"It was that reoccurring conversation over and over and over — that was such a great event, why did it go away and when are you bringing it back?" he said.

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As Robinson manages events from competitions to fundraisers, he decided to take on the task of bringing the popular event back, finding community members to help with the planning.

"There are lots of fundraisers throughout the county throughout the year, and this one is true Summit County," Robinson said. "The money raised on this night will go back to Summit County — it's not going to other places in Colorado or other places outside the community, it's a true community fundraiser."

The money raised from the event goes towards scholarships for athletes, as well as funding for transportation. Robinson said they will give out around $30,000 to $35,000 worth of scholarships this year to Summit County families.

"We try to help all our local communities because we have so many families that live here and work at the resort that need assistance, and so a lot of that will go towards the scholarship funds," he said.

A portion of the funding also helps transportation needs, as the program picks up athletes in the academic athlete program from middle and high schools to transport them to training throughout the county at partner resorts, as well as travel to competitions for athletes and coaches. Money will also be used to purchase new technology needs, such as timing systems, iPads and video cameras used for training, Robinson said.

AT THE BALL

The ball begins with cocktails and hand-passed hors d'oeuvres such as petite crab cakes with spicy remoulade, wild mushrooms turnovers herb cream cheese and roasted red pepper and antipasto brochette ciliegine mozzarella. A silent auction will feature items from Gorsuch, with four tables of merchandise from the store, as well as Team USA gear, skis and a week in France, along with many other items. A live auction later in the evening will include an African safari, a painting of World Champion George Rodney and Bronco's gear.

Tom Fricke from Krystal 93 will be the MC for the evening, and there will be live music with Buckner Funken Jazz, playing jazz and old-school funk. VIP athletes in attendance include Jason Rosener, Casey Snyder, Jake Fiala, Sarah Schleper, Troy Watts, Matt Dayton and Scotty Lago.

"It's a super fun night," he said. "It's all about celebrating youth development organization in Summit County, the history of the program and of that partnership with Summit County resorts, families and donors."

IF YOU GO

What: Ski Ball

When: Saturday, Dec. 5; 6–10 p.m.

Where: Keystone Conference Center, 0633 Tennis Club Road

Cost: Individual: $175, Table of 10: $1,500; VIP table of eight: $1,750 (sit with VIP athletes); Tickets can be purchased at teamsummit.org. As of Thursday, there were still tickets left, although it is likely to sell out.

More information: Child care is available at the Rec center in Silverthorne from 5:30 – 11pm for $20. Contact Alana@teamsummit.org

Team Summit Colorado is a youth development organization empowering our athletes to realize and celebrate their personal podiums through athletics, education, and life skills by participating in innovative programming at our world class venues. If you can not attend but would like to support the team you can visit the website http://www.teamsummit.org and click the donate button or send a check to: Team Summit Colorado, 0800 Copper Road, #3307, Copper Mountain, CO 80443