Gala Benefit celebrating inclusion of Women Ski Jumpers in 2014 Olympics

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 24, 2011 9:33 am

Park City — Join members of the Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team for the annual “Join the Journey” benefit this July 15 as they celebrate the recent news that Women’s Ski Jumping will now be an event at the Olympic Winter Games.

On April 6, 2011, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Women’s Ski Jumping is being added to the 2014 Winter Games program in Sochi, Russia. Ski jumping had been the only discipline in the Summer and Olympic Winter Games that did not allow women to compete.

The “Join the Journey” benefit invites all supporters as these women make their historic march toward the 2014 Olympics, making it a first  gender-equal Games in Olympic history. “Because of the IOC decision, countries are now putting more resources toward their women’s ski jumping teams and we can’t let the U.S. fall behind,” said Deedee Corradini, WSJ-USA president. Funds raised at the benefit help pay for the team’s coach, travel, and training expenses.

These elite athletes can now officially follow their dreams and represent the U.S. in Sochi. Women’s Ski Jumping USA, the primary supporting organization for elite U.S. women ski jumpers, is hosting the annual gala benefit from Friday, July 15 at 6-10 PM. The benefit will be hosted at a $10-million home in Glenwild, Park City. 

The Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team is one of the top-ranked squads in the world, and the next three years are crucial leading up to Sochi. Members of the team will participate in major international competitions including the 2013 World Championship in Val di Fiemme, Italy, and the inaugural World Cup circuit beginning in the 2011/2012 season.

Highlights of the evening include “Around the World”-style gourmet food from the finest of Park City’s culinary scene; wine, beer and opening cocktails.

A live and silent auction will feature myriad unique and luxury items, amazing trips, ski equipment, and special memorabilia including:

• Designer Courtney Prince created a one-of-a-kind necklace that commemorates the inclusion of women’s ski jumping into the Games. Her jewelry is featured at Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales.

• Get-away weekend to San Francisco including dinner at the top-rated restaurant, Farallon; lodging; and tickets to a San Francisco 49ers game.

• A weekend in a beautiful home on the famous Scenic Drive in Carmel, California—right on the beach.

As a special thank you to supporters and friends of women’s ski jumping, the event ticket price has been lowered this year to $150 per person, down from $200.

“We wanted to give back to the community of people who have given to us over the years. They have made a difference and we want this to be a great celebration,” said Beth Moon, event coordinator.

To purchase tickets go to www.wsjusa.com

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