Summit County Ice Ball benefits all
April 2, 2009
Perhaps the best way to eat, drink and be merry is to do it for the good of others.
The Ice Ball, presented by the Rotary Club for the seventh year, offers gourmet food, elegant gaming, live entertainment and amazing auction items. But the best part: The ball benefits Summit High School students.
The Rotary has been offering scholarships for awhile, but three years ago it created the First Generation Scholarship. A total of $20,000 goes to four students who have never had (and don’t currently have) family members who attended college. The Ice Ball is the Rotary’s biggest fundraiser for the scholarship program.
“Here’s a way for the community to step up for kids in our high school that presently, or in the past, didn’t have any hope to go on to further education,” said Pat Seeboth, Ice Ball chairman.
Last year, the Rotary elevated the Ice Ball by serving gourmet food at various stations and bringing in Denver dealers for blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em and craps. The dining stations, by Gilchrist Catering, provide salad, seafood such as jumbo shrimp and crab claws, a carving station, pastas and desserts.
“The dessert table is like something you would see at one of these food shows,” Seeboth said. “It’s a bountiful gourmet didning experience, and when we say ‘bountiful,’ we mean you can eat all night long.”
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In fact, the night isn’t structured in the sense that dinner takes place at a certain hour, followed by live entertainment and gaming. Everything happens at once: dealers lay cards on the tables in the mezzanine while The Icebreakers, featuring local musicans and a “dueling” sax pair from Denver, gradually crank up the music throughout the night until the floor fills with dancers. Meanwhile, guests bid on the silent auction.
“We have 120 items that are stand-out items -not just $10 gift certificates,” Seeboth said. “Whoever comes is really going to have great choices.”
Live and silent auctions present golf weekends, Florida getaways, sporting event tickets, ski passes and even a cocktail party for 20 at the Sleeper House on Lookout Mountain (the egg-shaped, futuristic house visible from I-70).
In the past, Ice Princess candidates helped raise money for the Rotary with a “Chicago Style” vote. The Rotary would introduce them at the Ice Ball, then a winner was chosen based on how many votes – which cost $1 – they earned. The coronation took place at the Dillon Marina.
But the drawback was, only a dozen or so people would show up to the coronation if it happened to be cold and snowy (as it can be in early April). So the Rotary decided to give the princess her due respect: This year, the princess ” or prince ” will be coronated at 8:45 p.m. at the Ice Ball.