NAC fundraiser offers some red and white in the snow
Since 1985, the National Ability Center has helped people of all abilities develop self-esteem, confidence and life skills through its sport, recreational and educational programs.
For the past 12 years, the nonprofit has raised funds for their ongoing and growing programs with Red, White and Snow, according to event manager Julia Rametta.
"Red, White and Snow is the NAC’s largest fundraiser of the year," Rametta told The Park Record. "It brings in 20 percent of our annual fundraising money, which is about $1 million.
"All of that money goes directly to our programs," she said. "That is so amazing because it is raised through the support of the community."
This year’s Red, White and Snow will run from Thursday, March 3 to Saturday, March 5, and will include vintner dinners, wine tastings and a gala that will feature an opportunity drawing and live and silent auctions.
Red, White and Snow has grown exponentially throughout the years, Rametta said.
"We see it in the numbers of vintners and chefs and the expansion of vintner dinners," she said.
During these dinners, chefs and vintners craft meals and wine pairings while a National Ability Center participant or volunteer shares their personal experiences working or participating in the nonprofit’s programs.
Thirty-one vintners, mostly from California, are attending the event this year, and there are 27 dinners scheduled, according to Rametta.
"People around the community are inviting participants and vintners and chefs, who are donating their time, into their homes for an intimate dinner and wine tasting," Rametta said. "In the past many of these dinners have been by invitation only, but this year we have many that are open to the public and we still have openings available."
In addition, there are still openings for the Thursday Uncorked event, which features an intimate evening of hors d’oeurves and tasting favorite wines from more than 30 vintners, Rametta said.
"We added a VIP hour prior to the Thursday Uncorked event this year," she said.
The hour will start at 6 p.m. and will include more one-on-one time with vintners.
"Our honorary vintner, Terra Valentine from Napa Valley, will do a library tasting and host some classes with special wines," Rametta said. "They’ve been involved with us the past couple of years and have been a huge supporter."
Although some of the events have already sold out, there are still ways for people to participate.
The Saturday night gala and auction, hosted by actor and Park City resident Scott Wolf and held at Montage Deer Valley, has sold out, but people can be put on a waitlist, according to Rametta.
Also, if people want to bid on any auction items, they can do so remotely.
"We started a new thing called mobile bidding last year," Rametta said. "This is great because people who aren’t able to make it to the gala have the opportunity to bid on auction items."
Bidding opens this year on Monday, Feb. 29, and people can register to bid by visiting http://www.redwhiteandsnow.org .
"Some of the items in the live auction this year include a trip to Bali, [and] a lot of wine packages put together by teams of vintners who are participating in this year’s event," Rametta said. "We also have a trip to Paris on the block as well."
The silent auction features more than 100 lots including outdoor gear, skis, jackets and summer camps for kids.
"We have some of our NAC programs like birthday parties on our climbing wall and a trail ride during the summer in the silent auction as well," Rametta said.
In addition to the auctions, the gala will include an opportunity drawing.
"We’ve been working with Safari Experts and are able to offer a 12-day trip to Kenya," Rametta said. "They have done an amazing job putting this together. It’s worth $20,000 and drawing tickets are only $100."
The other sold-out Red, White and Snow event is Wine on the Mountain event, which offers a slope side tasting and lunch après ski party at St. Regis, on Friday.
‘That is a first for us," Rametta said.
There is also a new event that is free and not sold out — the NAC Experience on Saturday.
"For the past couple of years, we have been trying to figure out a way to connect people with the mission of the National Ability Center and refresh people’s memory of why we are raising money," she said. "We host all of these events at the wonderful Deer Valley hotels — Montage, St. Regis and Stein Eriksen — as well as local residents’ wonderful homes, but attendees haven’t really been able to visit our ranch or see the programs in action. So, the NAC Experience will bring people to our ranch."
The morning will start at 8:30 a.m. with a yoga session led by lululemon.
"After we serve breakfast, we’ll present some speakers from our military and equestrian programs who will talk about what we do and then participants will also have the opportunity to participate in an EFL class, which is equine facilitated learning class," Rametta said. "They will get to interact with the horses and then try out some of our adaptive cycles. This way, we hope people will get a little more connected with us."
Red, White and Snow, the National Ability Center’s annual fundraiser, will run from Thursday, March 3 to Saturday, March 5. Tickets can be purchased by visiting http://www.redwhiteandsnow.org.
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