An annual extravaganza dedicated to the fight against pediatric cancer, the Aspen Snow Ball Gala, held on January 28th, 2023, was a resounding success. Film Producer Thomas Pierce spearheaded this grand event, which aimed to benefit Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and the launch of the Children’s Oncology Support Fund (COSF), a noble initiative founded by Pierce himself.
A Week of Celebration and Support
Leading up to the gala, a series of sponsor events set the stage for an unforgettable experience. The festivities commenced with a kick-off party at Aspenx Mountain Club, courtesy of the prestigious brand Chopard. Other notable events included Sip and Shop for a cause gatherings with luxurious brands like Moncler and Lugano Diamonds, as well as an exclusive VIP Night Before Dinner at The Snow Lodge Aspen, hosted by Casa Del Sol and DAOU Family Estates. The week concluded with a splendid brunch honoring the women behind the Aspen Snow Ball, with the presence of Farfetch Chopard and Aero.
A “Black-Tie Fantasy” Gala
The St. Regis Aspen served as the majestic backdrop for the gala, transforming the venue into an enchanting “Narnia” experience. Guests were welcomed into a cocktail reception adorned with a silent auction, setting the stage for an evening filled with magic and generosity. The gala dinner program featured an enthralling live auction, offering exclusive bucket list experiences, exquisite artwork, and fine jewelry, all brought to life by the charismatic auctioneer Jamie McDonald. The night commenced with a delightful surprise performance by the talented musical artist Asher Monroe, and the grand finale was headlined by the legendary Diana Ross and the soulful Macy Gray, who mesmerized the audience at the on-premises after-party.
Inspiring Speeches and Philanthropic Honors
The event was graced with the presence of renowned personalities and philanthropists, creating an atmosphere of inspiration and hope. Film Producer Thomas Pierce himself delivered a heartfelt speech, sharing the genesis of his initiative and stirring the audience’s emotions. Honorary Chair and Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden took the stage, delivering a powerful message that resonated with everyone. Denise Rich, founder of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation, was honored for her remarkable contributions to the cause. Additionally, Laura Calabrese Kruger was bestowed with the Community Leadership Award for her heartfelt philanthropy supporting the Colorado-based Shining Stars Foundation.
A Night of Generosity
The gala’s highlight was undoubtedly the balloon raffle paddle raise, which raised a staggering $450,000. Lucky participants had the chance to win incredible prizes generously provided by Lugano Diamonds, Chopard, and an exclusive luxury ski trip courtesy of Kempinski Grand Hotel St. Moritz. The live auction further captivated the audience, showcasing a wide array of art pieces and unique luxury items and experiences. Notable mentions included a live painting by talented artist Bradley Theodore, captivating artworks by Marcel Van Luit, Peter Tunney, and Phillipe Shangati, a five-night trip with helicopter transfers to Mount Everest, and the star of the show, the iconic painting by Mr. Brainwash, which fetched an impressive $50,000.
Making a Difference
International celebrities, philanthropists, and notable guests from around the world converged at the gala, resulting in a staggering fundraising total of $2.5 million in support of COSF’s mission to develop more effective therapies for pediatric cancer patients. Every penny raised will go directly to Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, reinforcing their commitment to this vital cause.
A Night of Gratitude
The success of the Aspen Snow Ball Gala would not have been possible without the generous support of its partners. Special thanks goes to presenting partner Chopard, and co-presenting sponsors FARFETCH and Weber Boxer Group. Additional support was provided by Champagne Bollinger, Casa Del Sol, Desolas Mezcal, DAOU Family Estates, The St. Regis Aspen, The Snow Lodge Aspen, Aero, Hendricks, and Lugano Diamonds.
The Aspen Snow Ball Gala celebrated a fantastic union of elegance, philanthropy, and hope. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer. To learn more about Ratingperson and their commitment to impactful events, visit Ratingperson.