Social Scene: James Bond-themed gala has the Midas touch for Shane McConkey Legacy Foundation
Special to the Sun
SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. and#8212; James Bond himself would have been flushed with pleasure. Many of his favorite things were at the March 25, PlumpJack Squaw Valley event: An abundance of beautiful and#8220;Bond Girls,and#8221; gambling, gadgets (in the silent auction) and martinis. Many younger women picked up on the and#8220;Goldfingerand#8221; movie theme and were glammed up in ’60s bouffant do’s, elegant, sexy gowns and cocktail dresses. The men donned tuxedos just like the dashing Bond. In short, everyone looked glamorous.
It was all to pay tribute to Squaw Valley’s own late legendary skier Shane McConkey and to raise money for his legacy foundation. Last weekend Squaw Valley USA hosted the comeback of The Pain McShlonkey Classic, an action packed on and off-mountain event as pros and amateurs battle for the highly coveted Golden Saucer trophy.
Upon arrival to the high-end event (tickets were $175) guests were greeted outside in the blustery weather by fire dancers. Inside two bars and two ice sculptures that doubled as vodka luges, courtesy of Chris Banovich, helped transform guests from covert to extrovert.
Crux Events of Truckee designed an edgy mod-style nightclub atmosphere complete with a cozy conversation corner with banquettes, two stages with dancers silhouetted behind screens with down tempo music, adding a very cool, sexy vibe, and a 21 gambling area and a roulette wheel. Passed hors d’oeuvres were provided by Moody’s Catering chefs Tom Marrin, Tom Farina, Eric Barton, and Mark Estee. Also contributing tasty tidbits at food stations were Dragonfly’s Billy McCullough, Elsa Corrigan of Mamasake, and chef Wyatt Dufresne of PlumpJack. Uncorked provided fine wines for the tres hip event.
One of the highlights of the evening was a hanging from the rafters performance to the Goldfinger theme song by aerialist-contortionist-dancer-choreographer Shannon Beach, who’s performed in the movie and#8220;Burlesque,and#8221; on and#8220;Dancing with the Stars,and#8221; and on tour with Pink and Britney Spears to name a few. But the real woman with the Midas touch was Shane’s widow, Sherry McConkey, whose vision helped bring the successful event to fruition. Looking dazzling in a black-sequined Azadeh couture dress lined in red satin, Sherry thanked guests for attending and explained the mission of the foundation which will benefit, in part, the greening of our local schools. The evening netted approximately $50,000, that’s a lot of gold bouillon, from a raffle, silent, and live auctions.
Some of those under surveillance at the Gala included Rusty Johnson and a very expectant Cahlil Johnson, Lisa Arnbrister, Valerie Forte, Karen and Squaw Valley CEO Andy Wirth, Meg and Hank De Vre, Keoki Flagg, Vicki Sacowitz, Charlie Pendrell and Pam Farrell, Dawn and Scott Gafney, Rob Gafney, Michelle and Daron Rahlves, Nikki and Miles Dasher, Jeff Denholm, Tiffany and Jeremy Jones, Anne Mueller, JT Holmes, Karina Hollekim, Kali Kopley, Allegra Coegg, Debbie Dutton, Zari Mansouri, Madonna Cassini, Amy and Mike Rosen, Andrea Bixton, Kelly Deitz, Melina and Dave Hatchett, Annika Bryan, JJ Morgan, Katja Dahl, Mattias Sullivan, Shane’s father Jim McConkey, Jeff Engerbretson and Kim Keese, Amy Engerbretson, Aly Hammonds and Jason Wirth, Nancy Evans, Margo Miller, Bonnie Zillers, Ako Martin, and Aly Jones.
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