Red, White and Snow raises green for National Ability Center
It’s not cheap to serve more than 7,000 adaptive athletes and their families each year.
That’s why, from Thursday through Saturday, the National Ability Center is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year. It provides a significant chunk of the nonprofit’s annual budget.
“Our annual operating budget is $7.2 million, and it takes that much money to purchase our adaptive equipment, as well as hire instructors who have undergone specialized training,” said Tanya Boland, National Ability Center’s senior director of communications and engagement. “So this is why we have Red, White and Snow.”
Red, White and Snow raises 20 percent of the National Ability Center’s annual budget, according to Boland. The fundraiser, now in its 15th year, includes wine and food pairings as part of intimate dinners provided by high-profile chefs and vintners, auctions as well as a gala, according to Boland.
This year’s event is set to be held from Thursday, March 7, to Saturday, March 9, and it will feature a new event that involves Fisher Vineyards, this year’s honorary vintner, Boland said.
• Fisher Vineyards – 2019 Honorary Vintner
• AldenAlli Wine
• Aperture Cellars
• Arista Winery
• Barrett & Barrett
• Blackbird Vineyards
• Chateau Montelena Winery
• Detert Family Vineyards
• Eleven Eleven Wines
• Hall and Wal Wines
• Johndrow Vineyards
• Joseph Phelps Vineyards
• Kelham Vineyards
• La Sirena
• Lail Vineyards
• Lede Family Wines
• Limerick Lane
• Long Meadow Ranch
• Parallel Napa Valley
• Phifer Pavitt Winery
• Pride Mountain Vineyards
• Schramsberg and Davies Vineyards
• Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars
• Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery
• Terra Valentine and Foretell Wines
• Trifecta Cellars and Wine
• Three Sticks Wines
• Tuck Beckstoffer Wines
• Venge Vineyards
• Vineyard 7&8
• Winery Sixteen 600
“We’re hosting a Fisher Sibling Rivalry Tasting at Uncorked on Thursday at Stein Eriksen Lodge,” she said. “The Fisher siblings — Juelle, Whitney, Robert and Cameron — will serve attendees the different varieties of their wines during our Uncorked event.”
Boland described Uncorked as an intimate evening where participants can taste more than 30 vintners’ favorite wines and hors d’oeuvres.
“This will be a lively tasting of Fisher’s smallest production and hidden gems,” Boland said.
Fisher Vineyards isn’t the only honorary title holder at Red, White and Snow.
This year’s Honorary Chairs are Mark and Dianne Prothro, who have supported the National Ability Center for the past 25 years, and the Honorary Chef is Chris Gibson from Deer Valley Resort. Mountain Resort.
“We have a committee that works with the local community to identify our honorary titles for the year,” Boland said. “The committee also selects the various vintners and other chefs who will be featured during the event.”
(See accompanying boxes for lists of this year’s vintners and chefs.)
In addition, Red, White and Snow showcases a featured artist. Getting the spotlight this year is Thomas Arvid, who is known for his realistic paintings of wine and wine glasses
“He is a very talented man, and we are thrilled to have him provide a beautiful work of art for our live auction this year,” Boland said.
The work, titled “Giving Power,” is valued at $42,000.
The auction will be held during a Saturday night gala emceed by actor Scott Wolf at Montage Deer Valley, Boland said.
Other live auction items include a wine and helicopter tour in Sonoma County and trips to Cateechee in Hartwell, Georgia, as well as to South Africa and Mexico.
“The gala also is an emotional evening as well, because NAC participants share their stories and tell of the National Ability Center’s impact on their and their families’ lives,” Boland said.
Red, White and Snow also offers an alternative Library Dinner for those who prefer a quieter setting on Saturday night.
“This event, also held at Montage Deer Valley, is a smaller affair that is also paired with wines,” Boland said. “Attendees also get to meet NAC participants, but they won’t participate in the gala.”
Tickets to both the Saturday gala and Library Dinner also include entrance to the afterparty that will start at 10 p.m. at the Montage East Room.
“The after party will feature specialty cocktails, desserts and dancing to the mixes of DJ Dolph,” Boland said. “We have the venue for those who have more party in them.”
The day before the gala and Library Dinner, the NAC will bring back Wine on the Mountain, on Friday, March 8, at St. Regis Deer Valley.
“Wine on the Mountain is a luncheon where attendees can dress up in ‘80s retro ski gear,” Boland said. “They can dust off their threads and shine it in the light of day. We will have a competition for the best ‘80s outfits, and it’s always a hoot.”
Another attraction is vintner dinners, which will be held in various private homes Friday night, Boland said.
“While Wine on the Mountain is a fun, whimsical event, the vintner dinners are held in intimate settings,” she said. “The chefs and vintners work together to create unique pairings of food with wines.”
These dinners are also opportunities for people to learn more about the mission of the NAC from stories told by participants attend the dinners, Boland said.
“(Red, White and Snow) is an important event that helps ensure the continuation of our programs,” she said. “We’re working hard to reach those who don’t know about our programs. And we are deeply grateful to the community for its support. We couldn’t do it without them.”
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