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San Francisco Snow Ball

Thank you 2014 San Francisco Snow Ball attenedees and donors! 

The stars were out inside San Francisco’s venerable Bimbo’s 365 Saturday (Oct. 18) as the Bay Area greeted Olympic champions at the San Francisco Snow Ball, a benefit for the athletes of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). Olympic and World Champions from Tiburon’s own Jonny Moseley to Tahoe’s David Wise to freestyle World Champion Jeremy Bloom mixed it up in retro ski attire, with emcee Trace Worthington, himself a World Champion freestyle skier, introducing over a dozen Olympians. Fans danced the night away to the music of Crossroads while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support America’s Olympians.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

·      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.

 

Olympic and World Champions:

Jonny Moseley, 1998 Olympic Champion, freestyle moguls
David Wise, 2014 Olympic Champion, halfpipe skiing
Jeremy Bloom, 2005 World Champion, freestyle moguls
Jessie Diggins 2013 World Champion, cross country team sprint
Trace Worthington, 1995 two-time World Champion, freestyle aerials, combined
Tamara McKinney, 1989 World Champion, alpine combined, and 1983 World Cup Champion

Additional Olympians:

Travis Ganong, alpine
Steven Nyman, alpine
Laurenne Ross, alpine
Liz Stephen, cross country

Athlete Attendees:

Cross Country: Jessie Diggins & Liz Stephen
Freeskiing: David Wise & Brita Sigourney
Alpine: Bryce Bennett, Tommy Ford, Travis Ganong, Steve Nyman & Laurenne Ross
Alumni: Jonny Moseley, Trace Worthington, Tamara McKinney, Charlotte Moats & Jeremy Bloom

Event Corporate Partners : 

Audi
Liberty Mutual 
Visa

San Francisco Snow Ball Committee in Attendance:

Jeremy Bloom
Allison Bhusri
Nate Bosshard
J. Taylor Crandall
Jan D’Alessandro
Tod Francis
Porter Gale
Christine & Curtis Gardner
Kent Goldman
Karen John
Thomas Laffont
Liz Larned
Stephanie Mellin
Jonny Moseley
Jordan Ormont
Victoria and Philip Raiser
Evan Reece
Mathias Shilling
Marc Stad
Josh Stein
Rob Webb
Will Wick

QUOTES
Tiger Shaw, President and CEO, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
What 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 Sprint
When 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.

Event Sponsors:

Olympic Sponsors
Diana & Steve Strandberg
Suzanne & J. Crandall

Gold Sponsors
Stephanie & Fred Harman
Liz Larned

Silver Sponsors
Liz & Thomas Laffont

Lee & Justin Sadrian
Amy & Geoff Yang

Bronze Sponsors
Christine Aylward
Allison & Aneel Bhusri
Christine & Curtis Gardner
Stephanie & Bill Mellin
Mary Ann & Steven Read
Jennifer & Josh Stein

Thom Weisel, Stifel

Ascent
Squaw Valley – Alpine Meadows
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Event Photos - Coming Soon!