Hollywood Stars Shine in Banff

Date Set For Star-Studded event at The Fairmont Banff Springs and Sunshine Village

BANFF, AB, Nov. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.,  Alec Baldwin and other Hollywood top stars will gather January 12-15, 2012 to protect North American waterways while skiing the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains at Sunshine Village Ski Resort and enjoying the luxurious hospitality of the majestic Fairmont Banff Springs at The Fairmont Banff Springs Celebrity Sports Invitational.

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 1.6 million square miles of waterways—in boats ranging in size from kayaks to research vessels.  Waterkeeper Alliance is 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 names of other participants will be announced as the event draws closer. The Fairmont Banff Springs Celebrity Sports Invitational, 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 stars will also spend two action-packed days skiing and competing in fun events at the famous Sunshine Village. Activities including toboggan/snowshoe races, and dual giant slalom races are well within public view to lift ticket purchasers. The event will culminate with a gala dinner and concert at The Fairmont Banff Springs by Michael McDonald. Tickets are available for the star-studded gala, the only open to the public event at the famed Banff National Park landmark.

"The Fairmont Banff Springs is pleased to welcome back this fabulous event," said Francisco Gomez, Regional Vice-President and General Manager of The Fairmont Banff Springs. "Supporting Waterkeepers Alliance's work in protecting waterways strongly aligns with Fairmont Hotels Environmental Stewardship and Corporate Social Responsibility goals. Additionally, The Fairmont Banff Springs Celebrity Sports Invitational not only provides an excellent opportunity to showcase our hotel but also enables us 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 Waterkeepers," said Sunshine Village President Ralph Scurfield. "Our resort is recognized for its natural scenic 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 new 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 keeping with our ongoing efforts to promote sustainability."

In 2010, the made-for television extravaganza raised more than $1 million for the Waterkeeper Alliance.

Individual Gala tickets for this year's event are $500 CAD per person plus applicable taxes.  The purchase of a gold table is $10,000 CAD plus applicable taxes. A gold table accommodates 10 guests and a celebrity and their companion for a total of 12 people. Tickets for this year's invitational are available through The Fairmont Banff Springs by calling (403) 762-1710, or emailing Angela.Gray@fairmont.com

ABOUT SUNSHINE VILLAGE
With three mountains, five high-speed quads, a total of 12 lifts, a luxurious on-mountain hotel, and Canada's best natural snow, Sunshine Village is recognized as one of North America's premier snow resorts. Visit www.SkiBanff.com

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS
A leader in the global hospitality industry, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a celebrated collection of distinctive hotels, which includes iconic landmarks like Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City, Kenya's Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club, and London's The Savoy, reopening later this year following an extensive restoration program. Fairmont hotels are one-of-a-kind properties where sophisticated travelers can discover culturally rich experiences that are authentic to the destination. Situated in some of the most exclusive and pristine areas in the world, Fairmont is committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont's portfolio includes 56 world-class hotels, with plans to develop over 30 new properties in the coming years in destinations as diverse as Shanghai, The Philippines and India. 

Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 91 hotels worldwide under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded Residences, Estates and luxury private residence club properties.  For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.

SOURCE Travel Alberta

For further information:

Media contact:  
Jenny Dunbar Crosbie Cotton
Regional Director of Public Relations                 Celebrity Media Coordinator
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Sunshine Village Ski Resort
Tel: 403.762.6885 Tel: 403.923.8873
E-mail: jenny.dunbar@fairmont.com E-mail: ccotton203@aol.com


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