Star Dancing Gala
star dancing gala | July 17
The 10th Annual Star Dancing Gala will feature dance performances by notable locals and professional dancers, all to benefit YouthPower365. The event will include a 5-star dinner, cocktails, premium wine selections, one of a kind live entertainment, a unique and priceless live auction, celebrations of YouthPower365 participants, and guest dancing.
The Star Dancing Gala is a community-wide event drawing over 700 attendees each year. Guests of all ages, backgrounds, and demographics enjoy the evening. As a sponsor, you will be recognized through our email database, local print and radio ads, and on the night of the event, reaching the community through multiple avenues. For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kiki Fornito at email@example.com or call 970-777-2015.
Amanda Precourt is the visionary behind YouthPower365’s Girl PowHER program and also proudly serves on the boards of The Depression Center at Anschutz Medical Center, and the Denver Art Museum, both in Denver. Previously, she served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity of the Vail Valley, Walking Mountains Science Center, and First Descents. Amanda earned a BA from Stanford University and a Masters in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver.
Amanda’s company, AJP Realty & Design LLC, is a residential development and design firm that has established a niche for cutting edge contemporary residential building and interior design in Vail and Denver. In her free time, she loves being outside with her dogs, laughing with her amazing friends, and striving to make the world a better place. She is engaged and getting married to Andrew Jensdotter this spring and couldn’t be happier!
Doe Browning is one of the original stars of the Star Dancing Gala, having danced at the first Gala in 2008! Originally from Maysville, KY, Doe is incredibly passionate about the Vail Valley and has made a significant impact on the community through her commitment to philanthropy over the past 20 years. Doe has been instrumental in bringing many initiatives to fruition, such as a future shelter for the Bright Future Foundation, speaker events at Colorado Mountain College, an education center for the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Vail Art in Public Places, and educational music programs with Bravo! Vail. In addition, Doe has been a longtime supporter of YouthPower365 – from performing on stage at the Star Dancing Gala, to her time spent serving on the Board of Directors.
Doe has fond memories of childhood, from spending time outdoors looking up at the stars as a child, learning important life lessons from a camp counselor, and taking walks with her parents, sisters, and their dogs in the autumn woods. With Doe’s appreciation for flowers and plants, it is no surprise that her favorite book growing up was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgens Burnett. Still today, she enjoys the magnificence of the gifts of nature.
Erik, a local of Edwards since moving there with his mother and sister in 2000, has been passionate about education (and soccer!) since he can remember. After attending Berry Creek Middle School and Battle Mountain High School, Erik was a recipient of the coveted Guardian Scholarship to attend Colorado Mesa University with a full ride. He graduated with a B.S. in Construction Management, and has worked as an estimator with R.A. Nelson since 2011; in 2016, Erik was named Employee of the Year!
Erik has been involved in YouthPower365 as both a program participant and volunteer. He maintains his passion for soccer as a volunteer coach for Copa and Academic Soccer, in addition to coaching for the Vail Valley Soccer club and for his son’s Micro Soccer team. Erik also plays a lead role in organizing the Eagle-Vail Turkey Trot, a longtime local tradition and fundraiser for YouthPower365. Somehow, Erik manages to balance his devotion to the community and soccer with his role as a committed husband and father of three young children – and this year, with the added task of learning to dance! He hopes that by dancing in the Star Dancing Gala, youth in our community will see that it’s okay to step outside of your comfort zone, and that hard work pays off!
John may be a Texas native by birth, but he and his wife, Yvonne, have truly made Eagle County their home. John moved to the Valley 26 years ago, and is so grateful to be raising their two children, Ryan and Catherine, in such an amazing location. John is an avid golfer, skier, and biker, and appreciates that Vail is full of likeminded people who share a passion for the outdoors and a commitment to making this community such a great place to live, work, and play.
At the age of 15, John could be found bagging groceries at the local supermarket most mornings and weekends, an experience that taught him what it means to have responsibility and accountability. Fast forward a few years, and John is now the Vice President/General Manager of Colorado Mountain Express. He has immersed himself in the leadership of the business and been instrumental in CME’s growth and success. John is looking forward to raising awareness and funding for youth in Eagle County, learning some proper dance moves, and having some fun at the 10th Annual Star Dancing Gala!
Growing up in Indiana, Reed developed a love for traveling with his family, including trips out West. His career path lead to a profession in the securities business as he continued to maintain a passion for adventure and travel. Reed and his wife, Jane, moved to the Vail Valley full time in 2010 from Chicago, and love the active lifestyle of Eagle County residents. He is active on the advisory board of Roundup River Ranch and is a strong supporter of the Vail Valley Foundation, having seen firsthand through friends and associates the positive benefits of the YouthPower365 programs.
Reed and Jane enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. Reed is a passionate bridge player and a Trivial Pursuit champion. Challenge him if you dare! He is looking forward to stepping outside of his comfort zone to raise support for a great cause.
Sophia Walder is a student at University of Southern California, and spent her freshman year studying abroad at the American University of Paris. Sophia is an avid dancer and volunteered countless hours bringing her love of dance to others as an ambassador at the Vail Dance Festival, co-founder of Dance Education Outreach for local students, and as a student teacher at the Vail Valley Academy of Dance. She has always dreamed of becoming a professional dancer, and while her career ambitions are evolving, Sophia is minoring in dance and hopes to always maintain a connection to the dance world.
Sophia feels honored to perform at the Star Dancing Gala in her father, David Walder’s, honor. In Sophia’s words, her father was “the most loving, caring, and fun person…who taught [her] the importance of fulfilling life with what makes you happy and to give others all the love possible”. She is passionate about giving back to our community that gave her family tremendous support during their time of need.
Born in Kansas, Travis thanks his mom every day for her decision to move to Vail, in 1988. While his first Halloween costume – a skier – was described as unimaginative on the East Vail Trick-Or-Treat circuit, Travis’ excitement to dive headfirst into the local culture is as true today as it was then. Travis was an avid skier, hockey player, and soccer player, and attended Red Sandstone, Minturn Middle, and Vail Mountain School, before graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2003.
Travis went on to spend time in Jackson, WY, and Vail, CO – as a ski patroller – and Aspen, CO before getting his MBA. Following a brief stint in Chicago, Travis moved back to Vail in the fall of 2012 and has continued to immerse himself in the community as a Vail Town Council Member and board member of the Vail Valley Young Professionals Association. Travis is a slow mountain biker, a mediocre fly fisherman, and can always find time to ski a freshly groomed Simba from top to bottom before eating chicken fingers at Vendettas. If you think his biography is entertaining, just wait until you see him dancing!
Yvette grew up in Miami, FL surrounded by Cuban culture, food, music, and traditions. Her parents, both born in Havana, met in the U.S. as teenagers after their families fled Cuba during the early years of the Castro regime. Yvette’s family began traveling to Vail when she was seven years old and quickly made it an annual New Year’s Eve tradition. If you were around back then, you may have seen them looking good as they careened down the mountain in ugly ‘80s ski outfits and rear-entry boots!
Yvette met Vail local, Chris Frampton, while attending college in North Carolina. After college, they both moved to NYC, where Yvette earned an MFA in film directing at NYU. Fast forward many years and they are raising three amazing kids, Charlotte, Maggie, and Harry, in Denver. Their family loves to ride “up the hill” to Vail as often as possible to take advantage of everything in the valley. Yvette considers herself lucky to live in the most beautiful state and to have Chris’ parents, “Suz and Framp,” close by.
Yvette currently serves on the Davidson College Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board for the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus. In the past, she served on the Denver Health Foundation Board, the Level One Society, the Documentary Cinema Institute, and was President of the Denver Health Volunteer Association. She also taught film at Hollins University, the University of Colorado at Denver, and at the Colorado Film School and her short films have screened at film festivals around the world.
Yvette is hoping that by stepping out of her comfort zone, learning some of the traditional dances from her family’s past, and risking the embarrassment of performing in front of all of you, she will show her kids that it’s okay to throw caution to the wind and try new things. Life is short!