San Francisco Snow Ball
Dig out your best retro snow gear and join us this November 7 for the 2015 San Francisco Snow Ball!
HIGHLIGHTS from the 2014 Snow Ball
· Over 300 Bay Area ski and snowboarding fans turned out at Bimbo’s 365 Saturday night (Oct. 18) to meet over a dozen Olympians, raising money to support athletes of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.
· Let’s Go Retro! In total Bimbo’s style, guests turned out in full-on retro ski gear, including local hero Jonny Moseley who dressed up as the legendary British ski jumper Eddie the Eagle. Olympian Trace Worthington – himself a World Champion – emceed the evening, which included a retro fashion show.
· How it Helped? Unlike their competitors, USSA athletes get no government support. The hundreds of thousands of dollars raised at the Snow Ball go directly to help athletes achieve their Olympic goals.
· Ski with an Olympian! USSA’s auctioneer Tom Kelly gave the audience plenty of bidding action including ski outings with Warren Miller film star Charlotte Moats to Jonny Moseley and Tamara McKinney, with over $100,000 raised from the audience.
· History: The retro ski party at Bimbo’s was one of the liveliest ever in the 30 year history of the event, begun by San Francisco financial leader Thom Weisel.
· Organization: A Snow Ball Committee of two dozen Bay Area leaders organized the gala, chaired by Christine Aylward, Geoff Yang and Dave Morin.
· How You Can Help? Did you miss the big pre-season party? You can still help by purchasing a U.S. Ski Team Gold Pass, a fully transferable ski pass good at any U.S. resort, or simply make a donation. Go to foundation.ussa.org to learn more.
Jonny Moseley, 1998 Olympic Champion, freestyle mogulsDavid Wise, 2014 Olympic Champion, halfpipe skiingJeremy Bloom, 2005 World Champion, freestyle mogulsJessie Diggins 2013 World Champion, cross country team sprintTrace Worthington, 1995 two-time World Champion, freestyle aerials, combinedTamara McKinney, 1989 World Champion, alpine combined, and 1983 World Cup Champion
Additional Olympians:Travis Ganong, alpineSteven Nyman, alpineLaurenne Ross, alpineLiz Stephen, cross country
Athlete Attendees:Cross Country: Jessie Diggins & Liz StephenFreeskiing: David Wise & Brita SigourneyAlpine: Bryce Bennett, Tommy Ford, Travis Ganong, Steve Nyman & Laurenne RossAlumni: Jonny Moseley, Trace Worthington, Tamara McKinney, Charlotte Moats & Jeremy Bloom
Event Corporate Partners :AudiLiberty Mutual Visa
San Francisco Snow Ball Committee in Attendance:Jeremy BloomAllison BhusriNate BosshardJ. Taylor CrandallJan D’AlessandroTod FrancisPorter GaleChristine & Curtis GardnerKent GoldmanKaren JohnThomas LaffontLiz LarnedStephanie MellinJonny MoseleyJordan OrmontVictoria and Philip RaiserEvan ReeceMathias ShillingMarc StadJosh SteinRob WebbWill Wick
QUOTESTiger Shaw, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard AssociationWhat does it take to win 17 medals in Sochi? Events like the San Francisco Snow Ball are pivotal to fund programs that help our athletes become Best in the World. We’re unique amongst our competitors in that we have no government support. Our success is based on support from Americans!
Jessie Diggins, 2013 World Champion, Cross Country Team SprintWhen I was a junior racer I won an event and had an opportunity to get an autorgraph from my hero, Kikkan Randall. It motivated me. Six years later I found myself racing with Kikkan and winning a World Championship. I couldn’t have done that without the support from people like you. Thank you for making this opportunity possible.
The Crossroads perform at the 2014 Snow Ball
Thank you to our 2014 Event Sponsors:
Olympic SponsorsDiana & Steve StrandbergSuzanne & J. Crandall
Gold SponsorsStephanie & Fred HarmanLiz Larned
Silver SponsorsLiz & Thomas Laffont Lee & Justin SadrianAmy & Geoff Yang
Bronze SponsorsChristine AylwardAllison & Aneel BhusriChristine & Curtis GardnerStephanie & Bill MellinMary Ann & Steven ReadJennifer & Josh Stein Thom Weisel, Stifel AscentSquaw Valley – Alpine MeadowsWilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Click here for photos from 2014.