PINKHAM NOTCH, New Hampshire ??вЂќ On Monday, March 7, 2005, 24 challengers participated in Wildcat’s second 100K Day. This day-long event is a test to see who is tough enough to tackle 100,000 vertical feet in one day of skiing or riding??вЂќ at least 48 runs down the Lynx trail, 2,112 feet of vertical per run, all in one day. This fund-raiser raised over $8,500 for Make-a-Wish Foundation. And 21 of the 24 100K challengers reached the goal of skiing at least 100,000 vertical feet.
“Besides the fact that Wildcat is probably the only ski area in New England where you can actually do this,” notes Tom Caughey, “I like the fact that the 100K challengers are fulfilling a wish that they have – to ski 100,000 vertical ??вЂњ while, at the same time, they are contributing toward the fulfillment of a child’s wish. It’s a really fun event, with everyone cheering each other on and helping each other out — and it’s all in the spirit of giving and helping, for a great cause.”
Top prizes were awarded to the top fundraisers for Make-a-Wish. Manfred Raschke took first place, raising $1,500, and went home with a brand new pair of Rossignol skis. Bob Staab took second, raising $800; Ralph Livermore came in third, with $730 raised; Dan Levesque came in forth, raising $540; and Steve Disick took fifth, having raised $475.
According to Julie Baron of Make-A-Wish Foundation, “It is through the generosity of businesses like Wildcat Mountain, and its staff, together with the individuals who take on the challenge of fund-raising, that Make-A-Wish Foundation?В® is able to bring wishes to life.” The Make-A-Wish Foundation?В® is an organization which “grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to in order to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.” For more information, please visit www.wish.org.
This event was organized by Wildcat Event Manager Erik Spinney. Spinney looks forward to hosting this event again next year, with a tentative date set for Monday, March 6, 2006.