TELLURIDE – After an overwhelming success last year, it’s once again time to break out your best sexy formal and burlesque attire to dress up for this year’s Lifesavers Ball, featuring an abundance of live music, deejays, sideshows, food, drink, silent auction items, and an eye-popping burlesque circus you’ll never be able to erase from your memory.
The event, which benefits Telluride Emergency Medical Services and San Miguel Search and Rescue, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Telluride Conference Center in Mountain Village.
After taking a hiatus for a few years, the Lifesavers Ball, complete with a sexy burlesque circus, was revived last winter and was deemed an overwhelming success and, quite possibly, the biggest party of the year. This year, organizers are stepping up the fun with even more sideshow events and acts.
“Last year there was 38 performers in all,” says Chief EMS Paramedic Emil Sante. “This year, we’ve turned up the volume on those things by almost 50 percent. There will be tons of stuff going on. It’s going to be an orgy of entertainment.”
Indeed. No matter what you lust for, you can get your fix at this year’s Lifesavers Ball. Sante says last year the bar was a popular place to hang out with trapeze acts and beautiful burlesque girls stealing the action in that area. There’s also tarot readings, a live rockabilly band out of Denver, lip-sync contests, and can-can girls kicking all over the place. Free appetizers will be available all night to coincide with drinks from a cash bar.
The evening will be emceed by incomparable local funnyman Jeb Berrier with the help of Ashley Boling.
“There’s going to be a lot of familiar local faces at the event,” Sante says. “There will be tons of stuff going on. The silent auction is the best in town. Everybody donated crazy things this year from houses in Maui to Helitrax trips. There’s all kinds gear available in the auction as well.”
Proceeds from the event will help both EMS and search and rescue organizations to provide its volunteers and personnel the rescue gear they need to perform their jobs.
“We provide gear to individuals who can go directly to the scene and start taking care of people right away,” Sante says. “This money really helps us stay on the cutting edge of what we do.”
The Peaks Resort and Spa is offering rooms for $129 for Lifesavers Ball ticketholders, while rooms last.
Tickets for the Lifesavers Ball are $30 per person and are available at the Steaming Bean, Hub Telluride, Wizard Entertainment, the Telluride Fire Station, and from EMS and Search and Rescue members.