100,000 Vertical Challenge Raises Record Funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation of NH

By AlpineZone News |
Apr 02 2012 - 10:01 AM

9th Annual Wildcat Mountain Marathon Skiing & Riding Event Participants Raise Over $90,000

Pinkham Notch, NH – A total of 20 skiers and riders registered and accepted the challenge to conquer over 100,000 vertical feet in a single day on Monday, March 12th to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. Weather for the event was ideal for the field of male & female, young & old, and ski & snowboard participants to push themselves to complete the marathon alpine event. This year’s participants were able to collectively raise over $90,000 in pledge donations to set an event record high donation amount for their efforts.

Loading the Wildcat Express high-speed summit quad chairlift at 7:30am to begin the 100,000 vertical foot challenge (skiing or snowboarding a minimum 48 runs down the Lynx trail), all but 2 of the participants were able to complete the personal challenge. More impressive, top fundraisers for this year’s 100K Day were lead for a third year in a row by Kevin Elwood of Oxford, MA having raised over $81,000. Chris Leuci of Lynnfield, MA was second top fundraiser and Ben Wiggin of Conway, NH was the third highest in collected donation amounts for the event.

Wildcat Mountain was most recently recognized by Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire among its “Chris Greicius – Society of Strength” donor level noting that the event’s annual cumulative giving has surpassed $100,000. Now in its ninth year, the event is approaching $300,000 total and continues toward the next recognized Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire level set at $500,000. The annual event is unique to Wildcat Mountain coupling the accessibility and speed of the Wildcat Express high-speed, summit lift and the ski area’s greater than 2,100 vertical foot drop.

Wildcat Mountain would like to thank all participants, donation supporters, volunteers, and recognize the generosity of those that helped to make the event possible providing in-kind support and top fundraising prizes including: Rossignol Skis, Fischer Skis, Dakine, Attitash Mountain Resort, and Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England.

The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire (www.newhampshire.wish.org ) is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It strives to provide children with the hope for better times, the strength for the tough times and the joy to experience the present. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire is part of the nation’s largest and most recognized wish-granting organization, with chapters and volunteers throughout the United States and the world.


Photo 1 – From left to right, Donna Parker (Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire, Director of Development Donna Parker), Thomas Prindle (Wildcat Mountain & Attitash Mountain Resort, Director of Marketing), and Gail Ledger (Wish Mom) hold total donation amount raised by 9th Annual 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge participants.

Photo 2 – Chris Clark of Wayland, MA on his way to skiing over 100,000 vertical feet in a single day via the Lynx trail.

Photo 3 – Top fundraiser Kevin Elwood of Oxford, MA makes his way to the Wildcat Express summit lift on his way to skiing over 100,000 vertical feet in a single day.