Published DateWATERVILLE VALLEY — Continuing a proud tradition of recognizing people or groups that have made Waterville Valley Resort the very special place it is, the 2nd annual Hall of Fame induction awards ceremony and dinner will take place on April 6 at the Waterville Valley Conference Center. The program is open to the public. Reservations are required.
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," He 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 has sold the business. He is often asked to be guest chef and 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 dinner are $75 per person, or $800 for a reserved table of ten. Space may be limited. For reservations call Therese at 603-236-8311. A reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Presentations will take place at the end of the dinner.
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.