Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Plates of duck and big bucks

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation celebrates with 31st Fall Game Dinner

Express Staff Writer

The reactions by Tom West, left, and Julie Daniels, right, made it obvious how they felt about West?s successful bid for a weekend trip to San Francisco, which included transportation on a private jet and tickets to a Giants? baseball game. Seated next to them are Liz Brown and Rufus Brown, right.Express photos by Paulette Phlipot

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation last weekend continued a longstanding tradition that has been a favorite of valley residents.

No, not watching another one of its participants stepping onto the podium, but offering parents and supporters the chance to indulge in hearty amounts of elk, duck and wine, not to mention the excitement of a live auction. It all took place in Sun Valley Resort's Limelight Room Saturday, Nov. 10.

Of course, the goal of the annual Fall Game Dinner and Auction had higher aspirations than nourishment. For the 31st year, it was an entertaining vehicle for providing kids in the Wood River Valley the opportunity to participate in competitive snow sports.

Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Executive Director Don Wiseman thanked event director Kate Berman for her hard work, which resulted in considerable contributions that will help raise more than $200,000 for skier scholarships.

On Monday, Wiseman said he wasn't sure exactly how much money the night brought in, but estimated that the donations and auction, which included a ski trip in Argentina with alpine coach Ruben Macaya and a trip on a private jet to San Francisco, would exceed $104,000.

"This really shows the uniqueness of this valley," Wiseman said of the altruism on display.

In addition, the Ski Education Foundation honored Nordic ski coach Rob Kiesel the Jack Simpson Dedicated Coaches Award, given in memory of Simpson. The description states: "This is a coach whose unique character encourages self-reliance and self-discipline, who leads by example, who stresses good sportsmanship and the importance of physical conditioning, and who has an unconditional dedication to young athletes and the job of coaching."

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