Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Valley to honor Holdings at tribute in January

Earl and Carol Holding

As an expression of the appreciation of the Wood River Valley community, Earl and Carol Holding, owners of Sun Valley Co., will be honored at a daylong tribute to take place in Sun Valley on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006.

In a letter to the community, the committee organizing the events said, "Those of us who remember difficult economic times in our valley are grateful for the award-winning lodges that the Holdings have built, the state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment and new lifts that enable our mountain to function for all skiers, even in low-snow years, and especially for the thoughtful preservation of open space so as to maintain and enhance the beauty that brought us all to this valley. We wish to express our appreciation for their extraordinary contributions to the enhancement of our community and for their thoughtful commitment to excellence."

There will be two events held on Jan. 29:

· A family-oriented event at Carol's Dollar Mountain Lodge at Dollar Mountain, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with the participation of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, the Sun Valley Skating Club and school children of the Wood River Valley. Cocoa and cookies will be served.

· A celebration dinner in the Limelight Room of the Sun Valley Inn, with a seated dinner and entertainment provided by The Vuarnettes, The Plaids, The Joe Fos Trio and The Joe Macarillo Trio.

The Dollar Mountain event will be hosted at no charge to the public by the celebration committee.

Tickets for the dinner at the Limelight Room will be $50 each, and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at the Sun Valley/Ketchum Visitors Center, located in the Copper Ridge building at the corner of Sun Valley Road and Washington Street in Ketchum. Tickets can be purchased with cash, check or credit card and will be sold individually for $50 each or in tables of eight seats for $400. The generosity of many local donors has enabled the committee to underwrite both of these activities so that as many local citizens as possible can participate.

For further information or questions, contact Sun Valley Mayor Jon Thorson at 720-3900 or Dave Theobald at 726-6466.

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