Fund-raiser helps local skiers. |

Fund-raiser helps local skiers.

Provided to the TribuneAndre Prevost displays the handmade Afghan blanket that she spent more than 500 hours creating and is donating for the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation Winter Welcome auction.

The 2003 Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation Winter Welcome will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight Dec. 6 at Harrah’s Special Events Center. This is the major fund-raiser for the nonprofit foundation that supports the athletes of the Alpine, freestyle and snowboard teams.

Tickets are $75 each or tables of 10 may be reserved by calling (530) 541-4567. The event will host silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner buffet, cocktail music provided by Steve Giovenco of Kiva Rhythm and dancing after dinner by the band 11th Hour.

This year the auctions are offering some exciting donations including:

–Original artwork by world renown John Rattenbury valued at $4,000, Mersad Berber valued at $6,000 and local favorites J.T. RavizZ and Malcolm Tibbet’s exclusive wood creations. Other artwork donated by David Gallegos of Hawaii and Sierra Gallery.

–U.S. Ski Team gear donated by Jonna Mendes and Wisi Beschart that is priceless.

–For those wanting to escape, trips abound. Alpine Ski Training in Zermatt, Switzerland, Surfs up in Hawaii, Biking Trip to Moab, Sun and Fun in San Diego, Napa Bed and Breakfast Getaways, an exclusive home in Sun Valley, pick of any Marriott Hotel, or private parties on the Party Boat with Capt. Ronnie Williams or the Action Watersports Windsong.

–An Afghan blanket handcrafted and donated by Andre Prevost, mother of Dr. Michelle Prevost, who skied for the Ski Foundation 20 years ago.

–Sports fanatics will find some great buys from donations by Cutting Edge, Sports LTD, Powder House, Zahbuu Boardinghouse and WomenSport.

–Napa Valley has been generous in donating a wide selection of their fine wines. Opus One Winery has donated a Private Twilight Wine Tasting Party.

This is just a small sample of the generosity of the many auction donors.

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