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Waterville Valley Inducts Second Class into Hall of Fame

March 4, 2013

Mark the date on your calendar – Induction Ceremony and Dinner, Saturday, April 6, 2013

Continuing a proud tradition of recognizing people or groups that have made Waterville Valley Resort the very special place it is, the 2nd annual Waterville Valley Hall of Fame induction awards ceremony and dinner will take place on Saturday, April 6th at the Waterville Valley Conference Center and the public is cordially invited to attend.

The 2013 class of inductees includes honorees that have had a significant and long term impact on the legacy of Waterville Valley.  The list includes Ralph and Grace Bean, the owners of Waterville Valley Resort before the Tom Corcoran era; Jack and Marci Williams, who for the last 27 years hosted the Jack Williams Race for Wednesday’s Child; Franz Dubach, long time owner of the William Tell Restaurant who continues to volunteer his expertise for charity events; and Volvo of New England, a company that has sponsored and supported Waterville Valley Resort for over 20 years.

Jack and Marci, Franz, and Frank Gaffney, representing Volvo of New England will all be present to accept their awards.  The Beans who were such a rich part of the fabric of the valley, have unfortunately passed away but will be with us in spirit.

Tom Gross Jr., President of Valley Operations for the resort said, “We are particularly excited this year to welcome Jack and Marci Williams who have hosted possibly one of the longest running ski charity events anywhere in support of such a great cause – special needs adoptions.”

Gross added, “Having Volvo as an inductee in the same year is really fitting as Volvo has been a huge supporter of Jack and Marci’s race.”

Franz Dubach is a legend in the area.  His culinary presentations at the William Tell are still talked about long after he sold the business.  He is often asked to be guest chef at local charity fundraisers.

Ralph and Grace Bean were rock solid citizens of Waterville Valley.  Grace was a selectperson for many years and author of the book, “The Town at the End of the Road.”  Ralph continued on Tom Corcoran’s Waterville Company Board of Directors for many years after selling the resort to Tom.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame event are $75 per person, or $800 for a reserved table of ten, and include a reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.  Presentations will be made after dinner.  Space may is limited and reservations are required.  For reservations call Therese at 603-236-8311.

The Waterville Valley Hall of Fame Committee received and reviewed more than 70 nominations and chose these deserving recipients for the 2nd annual award ceremony.  Those individuals nominated, but not chosen this year, may still be inaugurated in years to come.

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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