Warren, VT. (September 7, 2011) – In the wake of the worst flooding in decades, The Mad River Valley has come together to help neighbors clean up and get back on their feet again. And Win Smith and Lili Ruane, on behalf of Sugarbush Resort, have made a direct donation of $100,000 to the Mad River Valley Community Fund, a 501(c)3 organization providing economic assistance in the form of cash disbursements to affected families and individuals.
“We are fortunate that the damage the resort sustained was limited to our snowmaking pond, whose repair will require significant resources but will be repaired in time for the winter season However, we are even more aware of the storm’s impact on our community: We are a part of this community, and we want to provide support for our neighbors. We hope others will join us,” said Win Smith, President of Sugarbush Resort.
To make a donation to the Mad River Valley Community Fund, please visit http://mrvcommunityfund.org .
In an effort to restore the Mad River Valley Community, volunteers throughout the Valley have been digging mud out from homes, clearing flooded farms of debris, and repairing washed-out roadways. The local grocery store has provided hundreds of sandwiches to work crews. Clothing and food drives for victims are ongoing. In addition to a financial donation, Sugarbush has sent trucks into the Valley to assist and many of its employees have been volunteering their services. The massive volunteer effort is evidence of a close-knit community where neighbors support each other.
Although damage was sustained, especially in low-lying areas closer to rivers, Sugarbush Resort and most Mad River Valley-area businesses are open and accessible by main roads. Many businesses are looking forward to a strong fall foliage season and hopeful that flooding does not deter leaf-peepers from visiting the area during this busy time of year.
Sugarbush Resort is a four-season mountain retreat offering year-round activities. Lift-served mountain biking and scenic lift rides are available on weekends through Columbus Day, the golf club is open through late October, permitted hiking trails are open daily, and
numerous dining options are available. The 2011-12 ski and ride season is scheduled to open on Friday, November 25, 2011.