‘Niner charity event at Squaw Creek pits players against Olympians to benefit Bay Area children
The spirit of the Winter Olympics was alive and well in Squaw Valley Saturday as San Francisco 49ers players, coaches and management squared off against Olympic skiers and other celebrities at the San Francisco 49ers Foundation Fourth Annual Celebrity Ski-Classic presented by the Bay Area Mercedes-Benz Dealers at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe.
Since its inception three years ago, the 49ers Ski Classic has raised over $850,000 for the 49ers Foundation. The money raised is donated to Bay Area charities benefiting children.
Friday night was highlighted by a reception, dinner and live auction. The ski race took place Saturday morning at Squaw Valley, and it was followed by a dinner and rousing concert Saturday night from Kenny Loggins.
During the concert, Loggins was joined on stage by legendary musician Dave Mason. As a founding member of Traffic, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004.
Among the Olympians and celebrities in attendance were Phil and Steve Mahre, Franz Weber, Bonnie Blair, Debbie Armstrong, Tamara McKinney, Shaun Palmer, Dave Cruikshank, Stacey Dragila and Marco Sullivan.
The 49ers were represented by Owner John York, President Peter Harris, Head Coach Dennis Erickson, Offensive Coordinator Ted Tollner, DT Anthony Adams, T Scott Gragg, TE Eric Johnson, WR Brandon Lloyd, LB Jeff Ulbrich, CB Jimmy Williams, WR Cedrick Wilson and many 49ers alumni.