Winter Welcome set for Saturday |

Winter Welcome set for Saturday

Adam Spencer

This year’s Jans Winter Welcome, the 35th-annual fundraising event for the Youth Sports Alliance and its member teams, will have a French twist to it.

Last year’s opportunity drawing grand prize was a trip to Monaco for the Monaco Grand Prix, so the Winter Welcome had a similar theme. In other years, the grand prize has been trips to the Kentucky Derby and The Masters golf tournament. This year, the biggest prize is a four-night trip to Paris for the French Open tennis tournament.

The Winter Welcome, which will be held Saturday night at the Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley, is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Youth Sports Alliance, a nonprofit group that supports the Figure Skating Club of Park City, Park City Ice Miners Youth Hockey, the Park City Speedskating Club, the Park City Ski Team, Team Park City United, the Summit Ski Team, the Wasatch Freestyle Foundation, Wasatch Luge, and the Utah Olympic Park clubs, which include G-Force Bobsled and Skeleton, FLY Freestyle and the Park City Nordic Ski Club.

Olympic freestyle silver and bronze medalist Shannon Bahrke will emcee the event, which will also be attended by current and former Olympians including Emily Cook, Liz Stephen, Hannah Kearney, Nikki Stone, Derek Parra, Steven Nyman, Marco Sullivan and Jessica Jerome.

YSA Executive Director Aimee Preston said the organization is having some fun with the tennis theme this year.

"We’ll have a little pickleball court set up, some Wii tennis, and a pretty amazing live and silent auction lineup," she said.

The grand prize trip to Paris will take place May 25-29, 2016, and is all-inclusive, Preston said.

"It’s worth over $13,000," she said. "It includes accommodations, flights, dinners, an opportunity to play tennis on the clay, and tickets to the second and third rounds of the French Open. It’s pretty amazing. And, if the winners aren’t tennis fans, this is a trip to Paris."

The opportunity drawing tickets are available for a suggested donation of $50, Preston said. The tickets can be purchased online or from one of the members of a YSA-backed team.

"We have nine teams and they’re all out there selling tickets," she said. "One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to that program. Any tickets purchased online can go to support any of those teams as well."

Tickets to attend Saturday’s event, which cost $275 per person, are selling fast. Preston said, as of Monday, only about 10 tickets remained.

"We’re nearly sold out and the event always sells out."

To purchase tickets for Saturday’s event or tickets for the opportunity drawing, visit .