VERMONT ADAPTIVE HOSTS ITS LARGEST WINTER FUNDRAISER SATURDAY, MARCH 14

02/26/2009

Media Contact:

Erin Fernandez

802-786-4991
director@vermontadaptive.org

 




KILLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, the only organization of its kind in the state to offer daily programming year round to individuals with disabilities, is gearing up preparations for its Annual Ski Challenge Fundraiser. The fundraiser, a day filled with skiing and a night complete with dinner, awards, live music, and dancing, will be held Saturday, March 14. The day’s events are at Pico Mountain while the evening gala will be held at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel.

“We host this fundraiser each year, and it’s always a fantastic way to celebrate our athletes and see both familiar and new faces,” said Erin Fernandez, executive director. “During the day we cheer on participants in friendly ski racing competition then celebrate throughout the evening. Whether an outdoor enthusiast or not, we encourage people to come support these athletes and their amazing accomplishments. Vermont Adaptive extends a huge thank you to Killington and Pico for their support as well as the sponsorship of Poland Springs.” 

Saturday begins with check-in for participants from 8 – 9:30 a.m. in the Sunshine Room in the Pico Mountain base lodge. The fun race begins at 10 a.m. The race is open to all ages and abilities of skiers, riders and tele-skiers. Each racer will complete two times runs. Participants are encouraged to create teams of three and compete in costumes as well. Awards will be made in various categories for all participants, from best individual times to fasted teams, best costume, youngest and oldest participants, as well as acknowledging top fundraisers.

Beginning at 4 p.m. the event moves to the Killington Grand Hotel’s Oscar Wilde Ballroom. A cash bar and Silent Auction begin at 4 p.m. There will be special entertainment just for the kids. Then the night continues with awards, dinner and dancing. Back by popular demand, this year's music will be provided by the Vermont's own Starline Rhythm Boys- with a genuine Rockabilly groove. The Silent Auction will wrap up around 7:30 p.m.

Registration is easy for the fundraiser. Athletes as well as friends and family can preregister by calling 802.786.4991. Since this is one of the organizations largest fundraising events, Fernandez encourages participants to really engage in the fundraising process. Pledge forms are available online at www.vermontadaptive.org. For more information, contact Vermont Adaptive at 802.786.4991.

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