Hollywood Hits Banff

Jan 17, 2013

Hollywood hits Banff

BANFF, Alberta – Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Susan Sarandon, Alan Thicke, Fran Drescher, Camryn Manheim,  Lyle Lovett and his Large Band and other Hollywood stars will gather January 31 – February 3, 2013  in Banff, Alberta to raise money and awareness for the protection of North American waterways together with Waterkeeper Alliance, at The Fairmont Banff Springs Sports Invitational. By day, stars will take in the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains on the slopes of Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort and by night, relax amid the luxurious hospitality of the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs. This event, which has raised millions of dollars for environmental protection in recent years, has in the past drawn such Hollywood A-list stars as Glenn Close, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Meg Ryan, Dan Aykroyd, Jason Priestley and Martin Sheen. The names of other stars attending this year’s event will be announced as the date draws closer.

 Guests can be part of this glamourous Saturday evening Gala. Individual Gala tickets are $500 CAD per person plus applicable taxes. The evening includes a gourmet dinner, live and silent auction and an exclusive concert by Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, fresh off of their acclaimed US tour. Tickets are available through The Fairmont Banff Springs by calling (403) 762-1710, or emailing casie.vitt@fairmont.com

 Waterkeeper Alliance is the fastest-growing environmental movement in the world uniting Waterkeepers who patrol and protect rivers, bays, lakes and streams on six continents—more than 1.5 million square miles of waterways—in boats ranging in size from kayaks to research vessels.  They are the leading voice for the world’s waters with roots dating back to 1966, when a concerned group of commercial and recreation fishermen mobilized to reclaim the Hudson River from polluters.  Their tough, hands on, community oriented brand of environmental activism and miraculous recovery of the Hudson inspired 200 other individuals and organizations to launch Waterkeepers from the Mississippi to the Amazon to the Tigris to the Ganges and across the globe to fight in their communities for the right to have swimmable, drinkable and fishable water. 

The stars will spend two action-packed days skiing and competing in fun events at the world renowned Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort. Activities including toboggan/snowshoe races, and dual giant slalom races are well within public view to lift and gondola ticket purchasers.

 Supporting Waterkeeper Alliance’s work in protecting waterways strongly aligns with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Environmental Stewardship and Corporate Social Responsibility goals. Additionally, The Fairmont Banff Springs Sports Invitational not only provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the hotel but the opportunity to showcase what Banff National Park has to offer visitors looking for an authentic winter vacation experience.

“Sunshine Village is delighted to once again host Hollywood in support of the Waterkeeper Alliance,” said Ralph Scurfield, President and principal owner of Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort. “Our resort is recognized for its natural beauty in a protected wilderness. We are very proud of our environmental efforts and are one of North America’s leading ski and snowboard resorts in water conservation. Sunshine has demonstrated true leadership with the water and energy saving features built into new projects such as the Sunshine Mountain Lodge.”

 “Once again, WestJet is delighted to be a part of the Fairmont Banff Springs Sports Invitational” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO. “WestJet has invested billions of dollars in fleet renewal and is one of the most fuel efficient airlines operating today. The opportunity to participate in a wonderful event which raises awareness for the need to safeguard our waterways and our environment in general is in keeping with our ongoing efforts to promote sustainability.”

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts  is a celebrated collection of more than 60 luxury properties around the globe, including Shanghai's Fairmont Peace Hotel, The Plaza in New York, and Makkah Clock Royal Tower in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The luxury brand's distinctive hotels offer a sense of heritage and sophistication, warm, engaging service and culturally rich experiences. A community and environmental leader, Fairmont is also recognized internationally for its responsible tourism practices and award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Holdings Limited, a leading global hotel company with over 100 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residences club, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit fairmont.com. Become a fan of Fairmont. Join our online communities at everyonesanoriginal.com, facebook.com/fairmonthotels, and twitter.com/fairmonthotels. For career opportunities, visit facebook.com/fairmontcareers.

ABOUT WESTJET

WestJet is Canada’s most preferred airline, offering scheduled service to 81 destinations in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Powered by an award-winning culture of care, WestJet has pioneered low-cost flying in Canada. Recognized nationally as a top employer, WestJet now has more than 9,000 WestJetters across Canada. Operating a fleet of 100 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft with future confirmed deliveries for an additional 35 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft through 2018 and plans to launch a low-cost regional airline in 2013, WestJet strives to be one of the five most successful international airlines in the world.

ABOUT SUNSHINE VILLAGE SKI AND SNOWBOARD RESORT

Sunshine Village, close to the town of Banff, provides skiers and boarders with 12-lifts including seven modern high speed quad chairs, the most in the Canadian Rockies, and one of the world’s fastest eight passenger gondolas. Stay slopeside in the Rockies only “ski-in ski-out” hotel and ski or ride 3,300 acres and three mountains in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia along the Continental Divide, during Canada’s longest season from November to late May. For more information visit www.skibanff.com.

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