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Waterville Valley Hall of Fame Dinner

March 22, 2013

The 2013 Waterville Valley Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Waterville Valley Conference Center. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and the induction ceremony.

Tickets are $50 per person or $500 for a reserved table of ten. Call Therese at 603-236-8311 for reservations.

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This year’s inductees include Franz Dubach, the founder and owner of the William Tell Restaurant. Ralph and Grace Bean, the owners of the Waterville Inn and major Waterville Valley landowners back in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. WBZ-TV4 anchor and longtime Waterville Valley property owners, Jack and Marci Williams, and Volvo, a 20-year partner of Waterville Valley Resort and major contributor to the Jack Williams Ski Race for Wednesday’s Child held each year at the resort.

Over 70 people and organizations were submitted for consideration for this year’s Hall of Fame and it was a challenging task for the committee to pick the top four.

“Our 2nd Annual Hall of Fame event will have all the energy our first Hall event had,” exclaimed Tom Gross, Jr., Waterville Valley business owner and event emcee, “It will be a great night of camaraderie, story telling and reminiscing.  You will not want to miss it!”

2013 Waterville Valley Hall of Fame Inductees

Franz Dubach had such a huge following at the William Tell it will be quite the night as people reflect back on his cheese fondue, his steak maison, his escargot, the William Tell salad, or the loin of lamb. Then there was the award-winning bundnerfleisch mit kase und brot! During World Cup ski races you would always find the European teams dining at the William Tell. So many memories, such great food, such a worthy inductee! We were so lucky to have Franz and the William Tell in the region for so long.

Franz Dubach with son Clifford

Franz Dubach with his son Clifford

Ralph and Grace Bean originally leased the Waterville Valley Inn in 1946.  In 1948, they bought the Inn and the 509 acres of private land on the Valley floor. Ralph was a ski school director, an innkeeper, a town clerk, and both Ralph and Grace served the town as selectmen. Grace wrote the book, “The Town at the end of the road, a history of Waterville Valley.”  Ralph and Grace both loved Waterville Valley and were the early architects of this beautiful resort.

Jack and Marci Williams began skiing in Waterville Valley in the mid 70’s when Jack became news anchor at WBZ-TV4 in Boston. He bought a home in the valley in 1983 and created the Jack Williams Ski Race for Wednesday’s Child, which has raised millions of dollars for special needs adoption. On his evening news broadcasts, he mentioned Waterville Valley thousands of times through the years and has been one of the greatest celebrity endorsers of Waterville Valley! With Marci’s support and guidance, the Jack Williams event became the blueprint for successful fundraising.

williams jack marci

Volvo, represented by Frank Gaffney and Rick Bryant, have been partners of the Waterville Valley Resort for over 20 years – the longest partnership in the history of the Waterville Valley Resort. They have helped to raise well over $1 million for special needs adoptions by donating a new Volvo each year to the Jack Williams Ski Race for Wednesday’s Child in Waterville Valley, by participating in the fundraising event and by selling raffle tickets to raise money.

Tom Gross says, “It’s an honor for me to help recognize all of these wonderful people who have contributed so much to the enjoyment of everyone who visits, lives, skis and rides at Waterville Valley Resort.”

ALL are invited to attend this fun event!  Reserve your tickets TODAY by calling Therese at 603-236-8311.

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

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