MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, along with Vancouver Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalists hosted snow sport athletes, enthusiasts, and supporters at the New York Ski Education Foundation’s (NYSEF) Next Generation Gala fundraiser at the Central Park House.
The evening benefited the next generation of NYSEF athletes, including U.S. Olympians and Sochi 2014 hopefuls. Attendees had the opportunity to meet Olympic medalists and National Team members, including Nordic Combined Gold and Silver Medalist Billy Demong, Super G Bronze Medalist Andrew Weibrecht, and three-time World Cup winner Manuel Osborne-Paradis. U.S. Ski Jumpers Nick Alexander and Jay Rand and top U.S. Biathletes Tim Burke, Lowell Bailey and Annelies Cook attended the festive evening, which included dinner, live and silent auctions, and DJ beats mixed by New York ski writer and enthusiast Jake Bright.
“When we can all come together to support young people reaching dreams and higher levels of achievement that’s powerful,” said host Dylan Ratigan of NYSEF’s mission. “It’s pretty amazing when clips of the people you know and train with every day become Olympic highlight clips,” added Billy Demong.
In partnership with NYSEF, the Next Generation gala appreciated support from sponsors CBRE, the Black Rock Foundation, Northwood School, the Paine Family, the Hospital for Special Surgery and in part by Whiteface Mountain, the Mirror Lake Inn, gloProfessional, and Harrow Sports, Eastern Collective, the Lake Placid Crown Plaza, Grenier Des Alps, Bomber Skis, and the Meltzer Group.[nggallery id=2]