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Go for the Gold Gala

May SelbyPhotos by Stacey Stuart
The entry to the Sundeck was festively decorated in Olympic colors for the Go for the Gold Gala.

Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club held its third annual winter fundraiser on Feb. 11 at the Sundeck. As a precursor to the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, the event was appropriately named the “Go for the Gold Gala.” Sponsored by Alpine Bank, approximately 300 guests attended the event, including former Olympians Chris Klug, John Callahan, Craig Ward and Ursula Konsett-Gregg.

According to AVSC’s marketing and development manager, Alan Cole, the benefit netted at least $135,000. Dinner was catered by The Little Nell hotel, and beverage sponsors were Chateau Souverain and Pearl Vodka. Following the silent and live auctions, Denver-based band Funkiphino performed for the crowd. The Olympic Winter Games presents five disciplines of skiing – alpine, cross-country, ski jumping, nordic combined and freestyle, as well as snowboarding. AVSC also offers instruction in all five Olympic disciplines, as well as snowboarding, to the 1,800 kids from around the Roaring Fork Valley who are enrolled.

The mission of AVSC is to create opportunities for Roaring Fork Valley youth to engage and excel in winter sports. As a private nonprofit organization, it relies on the support of individual donors since program fees cover more than half of its costs. Tax-deductible contributions help ensure AVSC programs continue to reach Roaring Fork Valley youth for this generation and the next.Several items still remain available from the Go for the Gold silent auction and can be purchased on the AVSC website on a first-come, first-serve basis. Among the items available online are exclusive trips to Mexico and Argentina, jewelry, rare artwork, mountain and road bikes, clothing and unique experiences from kayaking to nordic jumping lessons at up to 50 percent off their value. For more information on AVSC, to make a donation, or to peruse auction items, visit http://www.teamavsc.com.

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