It was an eclectic weekend event combining such activities as morning workouts with the 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders, making yummy s'mores outdoors at the fire pit, an ice sculpture competition sculpting football helmets out of ice blocks using chainsaws, silent and live auctions, gourmet dining, lots of fine wine tasting, live music, ice skating, and oh, I almost forgot: down hill and cross country skiing with Olympians.
The event was the 10th annual 49ers Foundation Celebrity Winter Fest at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Many current 49er players such as quarterback Alex Smith, Josh Morgan, Takeo Spikes, Dashon Goldson, Tony Wragge, Barry Sims, Adam Snyder, Jason Hill and Parys Haralson, as well as Coach Mike Singletary and several 49er alumni were on hand to help the 49ers Foundation raise money to keep Bay Area children safe, on track and in school.
The exclusive weekend also featured a chalk talk by the 49ers coaching staff and players featuring Singletary and running backs coach Tom Rathman along with 49er players. Former winter Olympians Tamara McKinney, Kristin Krone, Glenn Jobe, Kristen Clark Rickenbach and Ida Ladstaetter were also on hand for leisurely skiing with guests throughout the weekend. Snowboarder JJ Thoms and speed skating Olympian Dan Jansen also recreated with sponsors and guests.
The San Francisco 49ers Foundation is the nonprofit community funding arm of the San Francisco 49ers. Now in its 18th year, the San Francisco 49ers Foundation supports development programs for underserved Bay Area youth. A significant portion of its funding goes toward family violence prevention programs and activities that teach youth leadership and respect. For more information or if you would like to attend next year, visit www.49ers.com/community/foundation.
Dave and Jenny Antonucci recently returned from Park City, Utah where Dave's book, “Snowball's Chance — The story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe,” received the Ullr Award from the International Skiing History Association for making an outstanding contribution in book form in 2009 to skiing history … Congratulations to Karla Sommerfield and Bud Lingelbach who will tie the knot May 2 in Dana Point, Calif.