Some came dressed in evening gowns and suits. Some came dressed in tee shirts and jeans. But all came ready to party at the 10th annual Snowball, held this past Saturday at Sons of Italy Hall in Weed.

Some came dressed in evening gowns and suits. Some came dressed in tee shirts and jeans. But all came ready to party at the 10th annual Snowball, held this past Saturday at Sons of Italy Hall in Weed.

Hosted by the Friends of the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center and held for the first time in Weed, the ball featured a silent auction, gear raffle and, of course, live music and dancing until midnight.

“We did pretty well this year,” said Keith Potts, executive director of the FMSAC, who estimated a total gain of at least $9,000. “I think everyone had a great time.”

Notable winners for auction items include Brett Wagenheim, who won a pair of K-2 skis donated by The Fifth Season, and Kathie Matthews, who walked away with a Go Pro Helmet Camera donated by Helmet Cam Central.

“This is such a great cause,” said Kathy Hall of Starlight Productions. “It looks like a big fun gathering.”

Hall, whose business specializes in customized commercial items that are environmentally friendly, donated a set of her stainless steel Mt. Shasta water bottles.

“It’s my first time coming to this event,” she continued jokingly while sitting in a chair just off the dance floor. “I’m just here for moral support.”

Performing on stage at the ball was Blue Relish, a northern California band that serves “condiments for the soul,” according to its website.

Playing an assortment of rock, reggae, swing and country, Blue Relish kept Sons of Italy Hall rockin’ hard until party’s end.

Of the variety of attire worn by party-goers, Potts chuckled and mentioned, “We played with the idea of making it a formal event, but we don’t want to limit our crowd.”

Just as diverse as the music and clothing was the assortment of dancers on the floor.

Moms and dads were dancing with toddlers, and husbands were dancing with wives.
Teenage girls were dancing in groups and some simply danced alone.

For those who didn’t dance, appetizers were served courtesy of The Oven Bakery and Ellie’s Bakery.

The FMSAC works to support the Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center in its efforts to better enhance public awareness of backcountry avalanche hazards and safety measures, according to its website.

It also promotes winter snow safety and provides information concerning snow conditions and weather to winter recreationists throughout the area.

The FMSAC offers free avalanche transceiver clinics, avalanche awareness presentations and courses.

The courses are offered by College of the Siskiyous, Shasta Mountain Guides and Sierra Wilderness Seminars.

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FMSAC expresses appreciation to the following list of supporters:
All community volunteers, B&D Ski Gear, Back Country Access, Berryvale, Black Diamond, Blue Relish, Bob Swanson Images, Cafe Maddalena, Cathy Hall- Starlight Productions, Colette Uruqhart, Couch Critics, Curtis & Dave Winery, Ellie's Bakery, Eric and Kathie Matthews, , Height of Land Publications, Honig Vineyard, Hunter Orchards, Intermountain Vineyard, Intuition Liners, Jerilyn's Aesthetics, Kim Coots- Shasta Woolies, Kim Solga Artworks, Language Quest, Lily's Restaurant, Linda Chitwood, Matson Winery, McCloud Golf Course, Mike Hupp- Dawn Patrol Images, Mike Karseboom Sound, Mountaineers Books, Mt Shasta Ski Park, Mt Shasta BookNook, Mt Shasta Nordic, Mt Shasta Resort, Mt Shasta Tire, Mt Shasta Wellness Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Oven Bakery, Pauline Uri- Mt. Shasta  Reflexology, Pepsi, Prolithic Sports, Richard Lucas Lighting, Robin Kohn- Mt. Shasta Guide to Fun, Sacred Mtn Spa, Sandra Winslow, Say Cheese Pizza, Shasta Base Camp, Shasta Mountain Guides, Shastaview Winery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Sportsman's Den, Spring Hill Nursery, Standing Stone Brewery, Stewart Springs, SWS Mountain Guides, The Fifth Season , Voile, Wayside Grill, Weed Fire Department