STRATTON - The Stratton Foundation's "Winter Gala & Sapphire Splendor" Benefit Event - The winter gala to benefit the Stratton Foundation - will be held on Dec. 14 at the Stratton Resort Base Lodge on from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person which includes complimentary cocktail hour sponsored by Blue Flame Gas Company, classical guitarist Brett Grigsby, appetizers and buffet, and dancing to DJ Joe Bell. Early registration is requested.

Today until the drawing at the Gala, each $100 donation to the Stratton Foundation's mission to Move the Mountain of Hunger for Vermont children in-need, will be entered in a chance to win a sapphire and diamond Mark Patterson Tango ring donated by Von Bargen's Fine Jewelry .

A raffle is also planned with prizes that include a $500 Apple Store gift card donated by Casella Waste Management, a Peepsnake iPhone scarf, a Helmet Huggers helmet cover, Zeal HD Camera Goggles donated by Equipe Sport, and a 2-Hour Land Rover Driving School experience. Raffle tickets are $5 each or a book of 5 for $20.

A live and silent auction will include Vermont and Stratton Exclusive Items - available only through the Stratton Foundation.

Buy tickets by phone (802)-297-2096 or by visiting the website at