Now in it’s 12th year, the 49ers Winter Fest is still going strong. This year’s event is poised to raise a record amount of money for the 49ers Foundation, which helps keep kids safe, on track and in school.
Unlike last year’s event which saw several feet of snow bombard Squaw Valley, conditions couldn’t be better for the guests checking in on Thursday.
There are plenty of activities in store for the weekend, including a “Chalk Talk” with 49ers players and coaches, curling demonstrations from United States Olympians, wine tastings and live and silent auctions.
“The first year this event happened, it didn’t break $100,000,” said Joanne Pasternack, 49ers director of community relation and the 49ers Foundation. “Last year we brought in $1 million and this year we expect to go even higher. We try to make it bigger and better every year.”
Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula and his family aren’t strangers to the 49ers Winter Fest. Tomsula was a natural during last year’s curling demonstration and is looking forward to hitting the ice once again.
“Remember, I spent a lot of time in Scotland,” said Tomsula, the former head coach of NFL Europa’s Rhein Fire. “Scotland claims curling is one of it’s sports. So, I have some sneak moves.”
Eric Davis is one of several 49ers alumni who made the trip to 49ers Winter Fest.
The 49ers Gold Rush are also taking part in the events. Festivities begin tonight with a reception and s’mores by the campfire.
Stay tuned for more updates throughout the weekend.
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