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Pink Vail ski day fundraiser returns to Vail Mountain on Saturday, April 2

Kirsten Dobroth
Special to the Daily
Break out the pink for Pink Vail on Saturday, April 2, at Vail Mountain, with live music, a costume contest, giveaways and more.
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If you go …

What: Pink Vail.

When: Saturday, April 2. See schedule in additional fact box.

Where: Pink Vail Headquarters, Eagle’s Nest at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola, Vail Mountain.

Cost: Registration is $25. All donations from the event benefit Shaw Regional Cancer Center.

More information: To learn more about the event or the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, organize a team or make a donation to the fundraiser, head to www.pinkvail.com.

Plan your day

8:30 a.m. — Check in atop Eagle Bahn Gondola at Pink Vail Headquarters at Eagle’s Nest, accessible to both skiers and nonskiers, and register for the event.

8:30-10:30 p.m. — Head to the Smartwool store for complimentary pink donuts and coffee.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Costume contest will be held at Pink Vail Headquarters, where participants have the chance to win prizes.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Music from Renegade Sons, Rural Wreckage and Dixie Leadfoot at Pink Vail Headquarters.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Partake in the Checkpoint Challenge for the chance to win prizes.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Get a Pink Vail portrait at Pink Vail Headquarters. Portraits will be posted to Epic Mix to share with friends and family.

Noon — Final donations must be submitted to Pink Vail Headquarters or online.

3:30 p.m. — Spirit Rally and prizes.

4 p.m. — Celebration Ski Down.

Pink Vail is the world’s biggest ski day to conquer cancer, but it means more than that to countless people around the Vail Valley. All funds raised through Pink Vail benefit the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, an Edwards-based cancer treatment center that not only offers medical services but a range of programs to help emotionally and mentally support both patients and their families.

The event has been wildly successful; over the years, fundraising for Pink Vail has smashed its goal, with $720,000 raised for the Shaw Center at last year’s event. Participation has grown, as well; last year, 2,424 people participated in Pink Vail, compared with 1,319 people in 2013.

And while Pink Vail brings in visitors, international donors, business sponsors and all the recognition that comes with being the world’s biggest ski day for cancer fundraising, it continues to be an important event to build community support around the regional cancer treatment center. The ski day is constantly growing, as many new teams from the area are joining this year’s Pink Vail to show support for loved ones, celebrate survival and raise funds for a facility that continues to give back to the Vail Valley just as much as the community has given to it.

Team Wiggles for Herwiggles

Wiggles for Herwiggles was formed as a way to rally around a coworker currently undergoing cancer treatment, although the team is open for anyone to join. Team members Adam Frodge and Meg del Sole said although they’ve frequently skied during the event and have participated in some of the day’s festivities in the past, they’re excited to fundraise and participate as a team for the cause.

While working in Lionshead Village during previous Pink Vail events has been a great way to feel connected to the event, del Sole said that having the day to ski and participate in a fundraiser for the local cancer center is something she’s looking forward to doing.

“We’ve donated in the past, but this will be the first time we’ve been on a team,” del Sole said. “So many people have been touched by cancer, and building a ski day around a fundraiser for a cancer-treatment center in our area is such a great way to get people involved.”

Similarly, Frodge said that being able to participate on a Pink Vail team is important to him because of how much the Shaw Regional Cancer Center does to assist both patients and their families as they go through treatment.

“Shaw does so much for both patients and their families with different programs,” he said. “I think it’s incredible that they offer lodging opportunities to support family members of patients. It’s a tough time to find housing in the area, and I think it’s amazing that they have the facility to support patients’ family members with a place to stay.”

Wiggles for Herwiggles is looking to raise $1,000 for the event, and donations can be made at pinkvail.com/wiggles-for-herwiggles.

Team Pure Barre Vail Valley

Rebecca Pellican, owner of Pure Barre in Edwards, said that after watching past years’ events, she felt like it was important to have a team from the fitness spot to support such an important cause. Team Pure Barre Vail Valley is made up of instructors, Pure Barre clients and friends, and family of the Edwards Pure Barre facility, with some team members having had cancer or having loved ones who have battled cancer in the past.

“We have a handful of clients who have gone through different cancer treatments, and Pure Barre has been a really great way for them to physically and mentally recover,” Pellican said. “Knowing that so many people have found that type of support through us, I felt like this was something we absolutely had to get involved in.”

The team held a kickoff party and organized a raffle to raise funds for the cause in the lead-up to this year’s event, auctioning off Pink Vail items from previous years, along with a donation-based class open to anyone looking to help their fundraising effort.

Those who want to help Team Pure Barre Vail Valley reach their fundraising goal of $1,000 can head to their team page at pinkvail.com/pbvv to make a donation.

Team Rainbow Unicorn Butterfly Yeti

This year’s Pink Vail marks the first that Team Rainbow Unicorn Butterfly Yeti has participated in the event, with Vail Village’s Lululemon and local coffee favorite Yeti’s Grind joining forces for the day’s festivities. Yeti’s Grind owner Tara Picklo explained that the team’s involvement in this year’s event has special meaning for her, as her husband, Nate, is currently receiving treatment at Shaw as part of a battle with cancer that began eight years ago.

“It’s been eye opening to see how much Shaw gives to their patients; it’s a much different feeling going to Shaw than when you go to a hospital,” she said. “They really look at their patients and their families as a whole and help you figure out how to keep emotionally balanced and positive.”

Picklo said that the ability to receive such personalized treatment so close to home is something of a rarity in a small community and one that her family and countless others in the area are fortunate to have. Being involved with this year’s event alongside friends and co-workers has helped to reaffirm the supportive community that has not only fostered the Shaw Regional Cancer Center, but has helped her and her husband through the harder times.

“Pink Vail helps with the healing process,” she said. “Everyone is out there for the same reason, living it up for the people who can’t or just trying to be supportive for friends and family that have had cancer or are fighting it.”

In an effort to raise funds for the event, Yeti’s Grind is selling socks and water bottles, along with including donation baskets at both the Vail and Eagle locations for customers to pitch in toward the cause. Customers who donate $20 get a free coffee beverage, as well. A yeti will also be on hand to ski with Team Rainbow Unicorn Butterfly Yeti as they participate in the on-mountain event.

The team has set its sights on a $5,000 fundraising goal, and donations can be made at pinkvail.com/rainbow-unicorn-butterfly-yeti.


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