SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (January 14, 2008) - Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo Street is hosting the fourth annual Picabo's Ski Challenge, an amateur ski race and après ski party to raise awareness and support for victims of child abuse. The event takes place at Park City Mountain Resort on Sunday, January 20, 2008, and all proceeds support National Children's Alliance and Children's Advocacy Centers nationwide.
Held during the opening weekend of the Sundance Film Festival, corporations and individuals will sponsor race teams from across the country that compete to raise money and awareness for abused children. Each race team is captained by a celebrity, sports figure or dignitary. As part of the festivities, select sponsors will have the chance of a lifetime to participate in "First Tracks, skiing with Picabo Street and other world-champion skiers before the resort opens on Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th. Corporate and individual donors are also invited to attend a VIP reception dinner including a live and silent auction the evening of Saturday, January 19th at Deer Valley Resort. Live auction items include: Four Seasons Paris package, E! Entertainment experience with Giuliana DePandi, Access Hollywood experience with Billy Bush, Las Vegas NASCAR giveaway, Korbel California Winery package, and private ski lessons with Picabo Street, among many other great prizes.
The ski race will be held at Park City Mountain Resort's Eagle Race Arena, located at the base of the Eagle Lift. Full mountain access lift tickets will be provided to all participants. Each race team is made up of four individuals and handicaps will be provided based on skill. Snowboarders are welcome. The luncheon and après ski party will be held in a private hospitality tent located at the base of the racecourse.
The schedule is as follows:
7:00 am: "First Tracks Skiing
10:30 am: Race Begins
1:30 pm: Tented Luncheon and Après Ski Party
3:00 pm: Awards Ceremony and Closing
Celebrities confirmed to date include: Picabo Street (Olympic Gold Medalist and Host), Bill Rancic ("The Apprentice Winner and Co-host), Billy Bush (Access Hollywood Correspondent), Kate Walsh (Actress), Giuliana DePandi (E! Entertainment Correspondent), Dakota Fanning (Actress), Lisa Ling (Actress/Writer), Kristen Bell (Actress), Stephen Colletti (Actor), Audrina Patridge (Actress), James Eckhouse (Actor) and Nickolai Stoilov (Actor).
Corporations supporting the Picabo Ski Challenge include: Park City Mountain Resort, Korbel California Champagne, Sara Lee, Nike, KSL-5 (NBC), KSL Newsradio, FM 100 and 103.5 Arrow, Idearc Media (publisher of Verizon Yellow Pages and superpages.com), Zermatt Resort & Spa, Volkl, Bolle, Intermountain Healthcare, America First Credit Union, Energy Solutions and R & O Construction.
Participation in Picabo's Ski Challenge is tax deductible. All proceeds will benefit National Children's Alliance and over 600 Children's Advocacy Centers nationwide. Children's Advocacy Centers are changing the way America's communities intervene in cases of child abuse one community at a time. For more information or if you are interested in participating or making a donation, please contact Marcie Mason at (801) 718-7887 or firstname.lastname@example.org