For the eighth year in a row, the Verbier High Five season finale was the perfect opportunity to bring together sport and humanities at a charity dinner benefiting Right To Play Switzerland earlier this April.

A total of 12 Right To Play Athlete Ambassadors were on site including alpine skiing star Alexis Pinturault with other current and former athletes: snowboarder and Olympic champion Tanja Frieden, snowboarder Estelle Balet, alpine skiers Chemmy Alcott and Roland Collombin,  ice hockey player Olivier Keller, Paralympic alpine skier Christoph Kunz, beach volleyball player Patrick Heuscher, sailor Flavio Marazzi, cyclist Markus Zberg, football player Alain Gaspoz, and fencer Tiffany Géroudet.


The Ambassadors were joined by skiers Didier Defago, Tina Weirather, Adrien Theaux, Wendy Holdener, Alex Fiva and Christoph Innerhofer as well as other big names from the sports, culture, politics and business worlds.

The dinner and high-end raffle, which included prizes such as holidays, flights, watches and sports equipment, resulted in 50,000 CHF being raised for Right to Play Switzerland.

Alexis Pinturault, one of the newest Right To Play Ambassadors, delivered a speech at the event thanking the 250 attendees for their continued support to the organization.

Former alpine skier Chemmy Alcott was full of praise for the successful evening, and found herself even a bit star struck.

“Alongside many other Right To Play Ambassadors we enjoyed a great evening. We watched the sunset from high in the Verbier valley, whilst raising money for our fantastic charity with all the Swiss supporters. What more do you want from a fundraiser – great conversation, yummy food, a great speech from Alexis Pinturault, lots of prizes won (a few by the great man Didier Defago himself!) and rubbing shoulders with Swiss celebrities – my favourite was Charlie Chaplin’s granddaughter!” Alcott exclaimed.

Release courtesy of FIS