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Flannel with flair raises $75,000 for community

On Jan. 26, Okemo Valley residents and visitors fancied up their finest flannel shirts, denim jeans, and work boots for Flannel with Flair, the social event of the season that raised more than $75,000 for the Okemo Community Challenge.

The evening included dinner prepared by Okemo Executive Chef Scot Emerson and his Coleman Brook Tavern staff. Music by The All Nighters kept everyone's boots stompin' on the dance floor all evening. Live and silent auctions generated serious bidding, helping to make Flannel with Flair another successful fundraiser for OCC.

The Okemo Community Challenge, founded in 1996, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the local community. Last year OCC granted funds to local Hurricane Irene victims, supported Ludlow Streetscapes in their efforts to repair storm damage to the town flowerbeds and contributed to Streetscapes' July 4th fireworks display. OCC also awarded grants to the Black River Academy Museum, the Gill Odd Fellows Home, LPCTV and Okemo Mountain School.

Proceeds raised at this year's event will help OCC continue the tradition of fostering the heart and soul of Ludlow by supporting the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of the community as a whole.

For more information about the Okemo Community Challenge or to make a donation, contact Kathy Burns 802-228-8877 or Joyce Washburn 802-228-1965.