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Raise a glass for the Underdog, support the Wine, Ski Classic

This coming weekend offers a unique chance to be both self-indulgent and philanthropic. The Underdog Foundation, a relatively new fundraising umbrella for a variety of youth programs, is throwing a Culinary Wine and Ski Classic that will include intimate gourmet dinners, skiing, a masquerade ball, an auction and a closing brunch.

Thirty-five vintners will present about 200 wines over the course of the weekend, all to benefit 16 local organizations that provide athletic, artistic and educational programs for youth. Among those on the receiving end of the Underdog Foundation’s generosity are: the Alf Engen Ski Museum, the Park City Education Foundation, the Park City Museum, The Park City schools’ scholarship program, Recycle Utah, Arts Kids, the Egyptian Theatre, the Park City Performing Arts Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Heuga Center, Intermountain Therapy Animals, Peace House, Women’s Ski Jumping USA, Young Riders and the Youth WinterSports Alliance (which is, itself, a union of programs representing young skiers, snowboarders, aerialists, freestylers, Nordic jumpers, skeleton and luge riders).

How could anyone resist? The event promises fresh snow, vintage wines and the sense of well being that comes from helping your community.

In a town with nearly 200 registered nonprofit organizations, all trying to accomplish big goals on tiny budgets, fundraisers are, admittedly, a common occurrence. This time, however, 16 nonprofits will benefit from a single event. Hopefully, the midwinter celebration will become a regular fixture on the calendar and thanks to the economies of scale all of the organizations will reap greater rewards than they would if each tried to the same kind of event on their own.

The Culinary Wine and Ski Classic is part of the ongoing community-minded commitments of Chappie Lehman, Derrick Kinsey and Penny Lehman Kinsey, owners of the Blind Dog Restaurant. They have built a reputation, not only on the merits of their restaurant, but also on their willingness to participate in and host events that benefit local nonprofits.

Everyone likes to root for the underdog. This weekend that will be easy. For more information please see page C-1 in this edition’s Scene section or call 615-7900.

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