Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Snowshoe to fight breast cancer

Expedition Inspiration Starlight Snowshoe benefit is a celebration

Express Staff Writer

Attendees for the 2010 Expedition Inspiration Starlight Snowshoe, Mo Valentine and Warren Benjamin, enjoy a night of champagne and snowshoeing to continue the fight against breast cancer. Courtesy photo

An excellent blending of outdoor enthusiasm and fundraising for a cause that affects many people is the annual Expedition Inspiration Starlight Snowshoe, a benefit for the Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research. The sixth annual Starlight Snowshoe will take place on Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Valley Club in Hailey. Snowshoe check-in is 5 p.m. Snowshoe participants will set off on an all-levels snowshoe course winding through the valley foothills near the Valley Club. The effervescent Bubble Bar awaits at the end of the trek. The Elephant's Perch will provide participants with equipment for the evening.

After snowshoes and champagne, the evening will continue with cocktails and wine, hors d'oeuvres and a full-course dinner prepared by Valley Club Chef Mike Diem. The evening will also include a silent auction and live auction as well as entertainment by Hoe Cannon. This year's silent auction will feature a wide array of items, and will be hosted by Larry Flynn.

Enticing offerings include a sporting clay day on a private ranch with national champions Mari and Gary McStay, a Sun Valley 2011-12 season pass, first tracks for four with the Sun Valley Ski Patrol, a full pass for the 2011 golf season at Bigwood Golf Course at Thunder Springs, progressive dinner packages touring the valley's favorite restaurants in Hailey and Ketchum, and a spa including delivery, thanks to Aqua Pro.

< Funds raised at the dinner and auction will support the annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium, as well as Young Investigator Award grants. This year's symposium will be held in early March. The public is invited to attend the free Open Forum on Thursday, March 3, in the Limelight Room from 5-7 p.m. featuring some of the world's pinnacle researchers in the area of breast cancer.

"I'm so blessed by being a part of Expedition Inspiration," said Wood River Valley resident and cancer survivor Amy Browning. "Nancy Glick, who is also a survivor, called me one day last year while I was still going through treatments and asked if I would like to help with Expedition Inspiration. I jumped on.

"The symposium is incredible--extremely informative—and gives you hope that with all these amazing researchers from all over the world listening and learning from each other, that they will come up with more cures for cancer, not only breast cancer, but all cancers. I only hope one day that we can find the reason why so many of us get cancer."

Tickets for the snowshoe event are $90 and are available through the Web site or by contacting the Expedition Inspiration office. For individual tickets, group sales for tables of 10, or more information, call 726-6456 or visit

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