Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Share the love at Share Your Heart Ball

Benefit supports Camp Rainbow Gold camps for kids with cancer


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Courtesy photo, Morgan, who is this year’s queen of the ball, is all smiles at Camp Rainbow Gold.

The Share Your Heart Ball raises money for Camp Rainbow Gold, which started more than 25 years ago as a weeklong camp for children diagnosed with cancer. Today, Camp Rainbow Gold holds several oncology camps, which are held at Cathedral Pines north of Ketchum in August.

The ninth annual Share Your Heart Ball, on Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Sun Valley Inn Limelight Room, will help enhance the lives of Idaho children diagnosed with cancer.

Kris Cronin and her husband, Rob, are the Share Your Heart Ball co-chairs, as well as Camp Rainbow Gold volunteers. Cronin has set high standards to present an evening with an elegant dinner, silent and live auctions and dancing to the popular band Grooveline. In addition, actress Tiffani Amber Thiessen, a two-time Camp Rainbow Gold volunteer, will be in attendance.

"Not one person has brought up the economy when we asked them for donations," Cronin said. "It feels positive."

The theme for this year's event is royalty, with Camp Rainbow Gold campers Jayden as king and Morgan as queen, but attendees don't need to worry about a royal dress code.

< This year's ball will pay tribute to Sarah Jane Adicoff, who lost her battle with cancer on Jan. 20. Adicoff was 16 when she attended Camp Rainbow Gold.

"Sara's mother said Camp Rainbow Gold was the only 'therapy' Sara would agree to," Cronin said. "She was a junior counselor and came to camp in all states of her illness."

An anonymous donor has presented a $10,000 challenge on behalf of Adicoff at the ball, which will take place as a paddle-raise donation round. In addition, a scholarship has been set up in her memory.

Cronin said this year's event will be an incredible evening with live auction items including the Spectacular Table, which will be at the center of the auction with premium wines and lots of goodies. In addition, live auction items will include a Boise girls' shopping and dining extravaganza, Sun Valley ski extravaganza, Double Springs Ranch exclusive getaway, a trip to India, a Tanzania safari, Showtime at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, a Sawtooth Mountain adventure, Camp Rainbow Gold camper art work, a private party for 20 and a fund-a-camper paddle round.

The evening will include a wine grab, wish cones and many more fun and festive ways to give to support Camp Rainbow Gold.

"One hundred percent of the proceeds from the evening go to Camp Rainbow Gold," Cronin said. "Anything we can do to ease the pain of campers, we will. We rely on this night. It's a huge vehicle to grow and sustain programs."

The gala event will take place at the Sun Valley Inn Limelight Room. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $175. For details, visit shareyourheartball.org.

Sabina Dana Plasse: splasse@mtexpress.com




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