BROWNSVILLE, Vermont ??вЂќ Over the past six years, some of the kids throughout Windsor County have received new computer equipment, school furnishings and cultural enrichment programs thanks in part to Ascutney Mountain Resort’s Annual Ski Ball, which has raised more than $100,000 in the past six years for local schools in Windsor County. The 7th Annual Ski Ball is set for Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006, and resort owners hope this year is a repeat of the past with more money raised for the community’s children.
“Steve and I started the event six years ago in response to a request from a local school, and it has become the one big winter gala event around here that people look forward to,” said Susan Plausteiner, co-owner of the resort with her husband, Steve. “The event has been supported by resort property owners, guests, local residents, and vendors who donate heavily to the cause. Enrichment programs like the Spanish program at Albert Bridge Elementary School would not have been possible without the Ski Ball donations. It’s great to see the community rally together each year to support our local kids and their education.”
This year’s theme, Broadway Nights, promises to create a night filled with the magic, music and lights of a night on Broadway. The area’s hottest band, the Al Alessi Band, returns playing old and new favorites.
In addition to the dancing, guests will enjoy a four-course gourmet dinner plus have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. Past items have included things like ski trips to Jackson Hole, Steamboat Springs and Disney World, artwork, furniture, quilts and handmade items, lobster bake dinners, ski and snowboard equipment, weekend getaways, sporting event tickets, and more. Winning raffle tickets for the 50/50 cash raffle and a week- long summer trip to either Cape Cod or Maine will be drawn during the evening.
The Ski Ball is from 7-11 p.m., and tickets are limited to 200 and sell out quickly. Ticket prices range from $50-125 and include passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktail hour with cash bar, four- course dinner, dancing, and the opportunity to participate in the silent auction and/or the raffle. Dress is “Black Tie Optional ??вЂњ From Sequins to Sorrels.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, call Susan Plausteiner at 802-484-3927.