Frequently Asked Questions



  1. What is the Winter Ball Extravaganza? A one-night, festive ball in Mammoth Lakes with dinner, dancing, live music, a wine grab, silent auction (open for two weeks and available to anyone who registers, no matter their location!) and more. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we'd love your support! Proceeds support Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.
  2. When is the event? Saturday, December 11 at 6pm.
  3. What is the exact location? 1 Minaret Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546. The Winter Ball Extravaganza will take place at the Mountainside Conference Center, 3rd Floor of Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge.
  4. Who is this event for? Anyone with a ticket or ticketed sponsorship can attend!
  5. Are there Covid-19 mitigation efforts? Proof of complete vaccination upon entry will be required for in-person attendance. We will abide by all active Mono County Directives and Ordinances.
  6. What's the difference between purchasing a ticket and registering? Purchasing a ticket will grant you access to the party on December 11. Registering on Givesmart will give you access to the event platform, where you can bid on auction items and donate. The auction will open in December and anyone in any location can participate!
  7. Where can I purchase tickets? Tickets to the event have sold out! Contact us if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
  8. When can I register? Register now on the home page! Any one in any location can register for and take part in the silent auction. Registration will not close until the auction ends the night of December 11.
  9. Are there exclusive table options? Certain sponsorships receive tickets to the event, but these have sold out! Contact us if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
  10. I'd like to donate an item or service to be included in the silent auction. How do I go about doing that? Thank you for your support! More information is available on the home page - click the button: Donate an Item Now.
  11. If I have questions, who can I contact? Amanda Carlson, Development Coordinator, is happy to answer any questions and she can be reached at



  1. What are the sponsorship levels? The sponsorship levels are $5,000, $3,000, $1,700,  $1,000, $500. The sponsorship form and more information are available here
  2. How do I submit my sponsorship payment? Thank you for your support! Sponsorships can be made on this Givesmart platform on the home page. Click the Buy Tickets/Sponsorship button to pay with a credit card. Checks can be mailed to: DSES, PO Box 7275, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546.



  1. What will happen? Dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and wine grab!
  2. Can I purchase my ticket onsite the day of the event? Unfortunately, no - the event has sold out!
  3. What are the parking arrangements and directions? Follow Hwy 203 into the town of Mammoth Lakes. Turn right at the second stoplight, Minaret Road. Take Minaret Road to Main Lodge (about four miles). When you reach the resort area, Main Lodge is on your left, and parking will be available and parking attendants will assist all guests.
  4. What is the dress code? The 2021 Extravaganza theme is Winter Ball, so dress to impress in Mountain Formal attire! Like traditional semi-formal, a Mountain Formal dress code suggests that attendees dress up as they would for a nice event, while allowing leeway for cold weather and creative interpretation of a mountain theme.
  5. What is the expected weather? December 11 is likely to have wintery and snowy conditions - we hope so!
  6. Who is playing the live music? AfterParty is an amazingly versatile cover-band that will have us dancing from the minute they take stage until the end of the evening. They'll re-create all the hits you know, ensuring every generation will have a blast. Specializing in Classic 80's Rock and pop, they also perform 60's, 70's 80's 90's 2000's, Classic Rock and today's Current Top 40. They can even sprinkle a mix of oldies as well.
  7. How will I get my tickets if I buy them online? DSES will have a list of all ticket purchasers and sponsors and there will be a check-in/registration process upon entry. No physical tickets required.
  8. What time do the doors open? 6:00pm sharp!



  1. How does the silent auction work? We will be using mobile bidding for our auction. You will be able to use your smartphone/tablet to keep up with the status of your bids and continue bidding until the auction closes. You can be the winning bidder wherever you are in the world!
  2. How do I register? When the auction opens in December: 

          Click on the "Register to Participate" button on the home page of this website

          Create an account by entering your first name, last name and email address

          Check the terms and conditions box

          Check the text messages box and enter your mobile number - this is how you can receive notifications on bids, purchases and the event

          Click the "Create my Givesmart account button"

          Click the OK within the All Set Message to complete registration

  3. Is there an app I can download? There is no app for the auction, it is hosted with Givesmart on this unique website.

  4. Do I need to watch Winter Ball Extravaganza to be part of the auction? No, you can register for the auction only and you will interact by receiving texts or emails if an item you bid on is outbid. You can bid from wherever you are using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Friends who live in other towns or states can be part of the auction too!
  5. When will my card be charged for purchases? Auction winners are required to make payment the night of the event from their card on file, which will be automatically charged if you have won an auction item. All other purchases or donations will similarly be charged to your card shortly after the close of the event on December 11.
  6. How can I keep active and know if I am outbid or have won an item? You will be notified via text if you have been outbid. Keep an eye on your favorite items! If you are NOT receiving the text messages make sure you have the correct mobile number under your profile. The texts will continue to notify you when you have been outbid or reached your maximum bid. When the silent auction closes, you will also receive a text message if you won any items.
  7. How do I start bidding? Bidding for the silent auction will open in December. Once open, browse the silent auction by going to "Items" on the home page, and start bidding on your favorite items! Place your bid on selected items, set a maximum bid if desired, and Givesmart will continue to keep you in the running until you reach your maximum bid. You must be registered in Givesmart and give your Credit Card information to participate in bidding.