Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association presents |

Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association presents

This year’s Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association annual ball, “A Taste of Italy,” promises to be terrific, with great food, music, an auction packed with marvelous things and a look back at 2002.

It also honors the rich heritage of the Italian families of the valley.

Festivities are set for Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, beginning at 6 p.m.

This year’s culinary offerings comes from Sodexho gourmet catering, the company that provides meal service at Colorado Mountain College and oversees its culinary arts program. In fact, students of the program will be on hand doing the cooking.

The menu will feature chicken marsala, mushroom-stuffed ravioli, pork medallions, risotto and for dessert, tiramisu.

While complimentary champagne will be served, guests can also purchase a bottle of selected Italian wine brought to their table by Small Vineyards.

Some of the good auction stuff offered this year includes a four-day vacation in Tuscany, Italy, spa packages, tools, art work and jewelry. Most items will be on display in the Community Center lobby for viewing and bidding.

Each year the chamber honors local folks who make a difference. After dinner, awards will be presented to the 2002 Citizen and Volunteer of the Year.

After the awards, there’ll be dancing to the band, Local Color. And there’ll be some surprises. Expect Frank Sinatra and an opera diva or two.

Even more fun is lined up. Guests will receive $500 in “funny money” and a chance to test their skills at blackjack, roulette, craps and other casino games.

Tickets are $55 per person and $100 per couple. Corporate tables are available for $500, seating eight people.

Proceeds help fund chamber events, including seed money for Strawberry Days every year, said chamber executive director Marianne Virgili.

“We hope to raise around $10,000 from the auction this year,” Virgili said.

For tickets and information call the chamber at 945-6589.

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