Vail exposes naked truth for charitable calendar
In an effort to raise money for good causes, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund has exposed a side of the town that’s rarely seen.
For the second year in a row, the organization produced its “Vail Undressed” calendar. For 2003, it’s a sport edition featuring hard bodies ranging from four men on the Vail Ski Patrol to the 2001 members of the U.S. Women’s Whitewater Raft Teams.
And just to show no sign of discrimination, the calendar also features the not-so-hard-bodies of the Vail Precision Lawn Chair Demonstration Team and The Happy Hikers, a group of more mature gals who hit the trails together.
The “undressed” calendar made its debut last year but didn’t have a theme, according to Rohn Robbins, chairman of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund’s board of directors. It featured famous Vail Valley residents in stages of undress, with their private parts coyly covered.
“It was reasonably successful. We probably cleared $35,000,” Robbins said. “The first 10 days this year, we did more than that.”
Vail Undressed sold out of its first printing. Robbins said the theme was probably key to its success.
The calendar seems to strip down facts to the naked truth: Vail isn’t as stuffy as those of us in so-called uninhibited Aspen would like to think.
The calendar provides equal-opportunity gawking for men and women. It features the men of the fitness staff at Aria Spa and Club, each with exercise equipment strategically placed in front of their, um, parts. Other guys featured are adventure skier Chris Anthony; professional kayaker Brad Ludden; rodeo cowboy Greg Baldwin; and the brutes of the rugby club.
The men who buy the calendar can feast their eyes on the Vail Breakaways hockey club; elite snowboarder Megan Pischke; mountain bike racer Mia Stockdale; and the synchronized skiers of Team Contessa, who place their skis in just the right places. The Happy Hikers and whitewater women are also featured.
Fun and games aside, the calendar helps the charitable fund with its mission of helping individuals and families in the Vail Valley in times of need. It provides direct aid that can cover living expenses, loss of income, family and dependent support and medical expenses, or its grants can help put on fund-raisers for families in need.
The calendar, which is sold for $16.95, can be ordered at http://www.vvcf.net or by calling toll-free to 1-866-850-9937.
[Scott Condon’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org]
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