Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Janss Pro-Am pumps it up for SVSEF

26 teams, over 200 volunteers keep tradition alive

Doran Key of the Janss Cup winning Boot Scootiní Boogie team hoists the trophy at the Janss Pro-Am Classic awards banquet Saturday in the Sun Valley Inn Limelight Room. Photo by Willy Cook

     Over 200 volunteers and 156 skiers on 26 six-member teams enjoyed the 17th annual Janss Pro-Am Classic fundraiser for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation Thursday through Saturday at Sun Valley Resort.

     Not only did they enjoy the three-day skiing and social event, they remembered SVSEF and Janss Classic boosters who died last year, including 57-year-old Rufus M. Brown. He passed away June 3 of cancer in his native Louisiana.

     SVSEF honorary board member Chelle Gourlay said about Brown’s death during Saturday’s awards banquet in the Sun Valley Inn Limelight Room, “A huge bright light went out in our community.

     “Rufus and (his wife) Liz became the definition of the spirit of the Janss. They would stay in character the whole weekend. My personal favorite memory of Rufus was when he skied down the course as Dean Martin with a full martini in his hand, not spilling a drop. His spirit is here. The Janss embodied his principles—get involved, give back and thank every person involved.”

     Two years ago at the Janss Classic, the Browns pledged a donation of over $200,000 to the SVSEF Endowment Fund over a 10-year period.

     Top overall teams for the 2014 Janss Cup were:

     · First place—Boot Scootin’ Boogie with pro Paul McDonald, junior pro Sophia Mazzoni, Doran Key, Phillip Neeley, Orlie Sather and Brian Caulkins (12 points).

     · Second place—Smith Salsa Superstar sponsored by Smith Optics with pro Doug Lewis, junior pro Emma MacGuffie, Graham Sours, Scott MacGuffie, Cassie Abel and Dean Carlson (11 points).

     · Third place—Pants Off Dance Off with pro Biche Rudigoz, junior pro Jessica Blackburn, Charlotte Gourlay, Jan Hegewald, Pat Revallier and Ben Kanellitsas  (8 points).

     · Fourth place—Mod Squad with pro Adele Savaria, junior pro Alex Daves, John Dondero, David Wilson, David Pyle and Elaine Durkheimer (5 points).

     Repeating as Speed Cup winners was the team with pro Nick Maricich, junior pro Wyatt Minor, Robin Sarchett, Miles Fink-Debray, Carl Rixon and David Chodounsky.

     Other awards were:

     · Best Crash: Scott MacGuffie (Smith Salsa Superstars) and Emma MacGuffie.

     · Most Inspirational: Elitsa Storey and Carl Rixon.

     · First place, costumes—by a landslide, Kiss—Lick It Up, SVSEF Freeski Team with pro Ben Verge, junior pro Hanna Blackwell, Andy Ware, Joe Marx, Conor Davis and Tai Barrymore.

     · Second place, costumes—Solid Gold Dancers with pro Langely McNeal, junior pro Lily Fitzgerald, Julie Daniels West, Judy Locke, Liz Brown and Paige Lethbridge.

     · Third place, costumes—Best Female Artist sponsored by Pietra Santa Winery with pro Nicole Pelletier, junior pro Josh Blackburn, Laura Blackburn, Julie Bell, Katie Dondero and Heather Minor.

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