Black Diamond Ball - Vail Valley Foundation

Black Diamond Ball

February 18, 2022

The Black Diamond Ball is the most dynamic and entertaining evening of the season. The event is the signature fundraiser for the Vail Valley Foundation, and festivities include a presentation of the Vail Valley Citizen of the Year Award, an award given annually since 1981 in recognition of outstanding commitment to our community.

While we will missed gathering in person this past year, we were thrilled to see so many of you join us virtually and so appreciative of your continued generous support. We look forward to gathering in person again and hope you will join us for the 2022 Black Diamond Ball.

The Vail Valley Foundation’s Black Diamond Ball would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our 2021 Black Diamond Sponsors:


Mary Sue & Michael Shannon


Ann Smead & Michael Byram • Susan & Jeff Campbell • GMC • Vail Resorts


Alpine Bank • Karen & John Arnold • Gina Browning & Joe Illick • Mike Krupka


Kathleen & Jack Eck • The Otto Group


Molly & Dr. Ernest Braxton • Catherine Jones Coburn & Russell Coburn • El Pomar Foundation • FirstBank • Fortius Capital • Donna Giordano • Rebeca & Dan Hanrahan • Amanda Precourt & Andrew Jensdotter • Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate • Jenifer Valentine • Sandi & Greg Walton


Andrea Eddy • Greer & Jack Gardner • Kristel & B.J. Hybl • Cheryl & Bill Jensen • Sarah & Tait Johnson • Alexia & Jerry Jurschak • Sunni & Gary Markowitz • Cynthia & Philip Pillsbury • Lisa & Ken Schanzer • Susanna Johnson Shannon & Timothy Shannon

Frequently Asked Questions

Proceeds from the Black Diamond Ball support the general fund of the Vail Valley Foundation, supporting the following endeavors:

In the Arts, the Vail Valley Foundation hosts the highly acclaimed
Vail Dance Festival, operates the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, along with free summer concerts in Vail (Hot Summer Nights) and Eagle (ShowDown Town).

In Athletics, the Vail Valley Foundation hosts the annual Birds of Prey World Cup ski races, the GoPro Mountain Games. The Vail Valley Foundation also led the effort to bring the Alpine World Ski Championships to Vail and Beaver Creek in 1989, 1999, and 2015.

In Education, more than 4,000 local children are supported throughout all phases of youth by the Vail Valley Foundation’s nationally-recognized YouthPower365 programming in early childhood (PwrUP), K-12 (PwrHRS), and career & college readiness (PwrOn).

Yes! All contributions to the Vail Valley Foundation are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law for U.S. taxpayers. All contributors will receive a tax receipt from the Vail Valley Foundation following the event. Tax ID#: 74-2215035


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