Vail Mountain School gala offers sun, sand and snow |

Vail Mountain School gala offers sun, sand and snow


The time is approaching for Vail Mountain School’s 29th annual Holiday Gala Dinner Dance & Auction when 450 “passengers” embark on an evening of fun and fundraising with a distinctly international flavor. This year’s event is slated for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort & Spa, and suggested attire is “elegantly international, perhaps a bit irrational.”The evening’s fare will run the gastronome’s gamut, with dance tunes crafted by local favorites, the Nacho Men.Echoing this year’s theme – “Around The World in 80 Days” – live auction items take bidders from a cruise on a Russian MIG 17 jet to the Indy 500 (including pit and garage passes for two), to London or Washington, D.C., or a four- night stay at New York City’s legendary Carlyle Hotel. The growing list of offerings also includes two nights at an upper west side New York City apartment, followed by five days at a charming farmhouse in the Berkshires, and ski trips to Grand Targhee or Big Sky. Beachgoers can warm their heels at a beach house in Bethany, Del., or another on the water in Stone Harbor, N.J. There are many more trips on the auction list. The silent auction is a shopper’s paradise, as well.For 29 years, parent volunteers for Vail Mountain School have put together the affair to raise funds for the school’s operating budget.The gala has generated an average of $250,000 in support of VMS’s programs. Roughly 30 percent of the 315 students, grades K-12, receive financial assistance, fulfilling the school’s goal to give any boy or girl the opportunity to attend VMS, regardless of financial circumstances.Tickets are $135. For information and to reserve your tickets, call the school at (970) 476-3850. Tickets are partially tax-deductible. If you cannot attend the gala, you can support the school through a tax-deductible contribution.

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