2014 Snowball Bash in San Francisco Raises Funds for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation
San Francisco Snowball attendees fully embraced the retro theme with throwback ski gear. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/USSA)
SAN FRANCISCO (October 23, 2014) – 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
About the USSA The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) is the national governing body of Olympic skiing and snowboarding. It is the parent organization of the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing. Developed to facilitate participation in national and international competition, the Olympic sports organization provides structure for competitive skiing and snowboarding. From grassroots programs to governance of sport, management of rules, competitions and athletic rankings, the USSA oversees athletic pipelines for development in the sports. With a vision to make the USA the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding, the USSA provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders who share an Olympic dream while maintaining a strong adherence to core values. The USSA, established in 1905, operates out of the national training and education facility, the Center of Excellence, in Park City, UT.
About the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation The U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Snowboarding and U.S. Freeskiing are the only teams on the international circuit that receive no federal funding. Athletes are supported by donations made to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation, a non-profit, 501(c)3 that funds year-round athlete training, competition, development and educational needs in the crucial years leading up to the next Olympic Winter Games.