Mountain Views - December 2015
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Written by Win Smith
My father and Lili's were both successful business leaders. But they were also very generous when it came to sharing with others. And their philanthropy has made a mark on us...
It's hard to recognize the importance of Black Friday or Cyber Monday. But today--Giving Tuesday--offers us an opportunity to redeem our commercial behavior and consider giving back to a deserving individual or organization. While today, many organizations have special incentives to give back, the entire month of December is a time to reflect on our good fortune and contemplate a gift to a worthy organization or individual.
The tradition of giving can be traced back to Damon and Sarah Gadd, who gave us the gift of Sugarbush on December 25th, 1958. The mountain has evolved significantly since then--expanding terrain, adding Glen Ellen, and improving lifts and facilities--but it all started with the Gadd's gift to the Mad River Valley. We've even named our new real estate development, Gadd Brook Slopeside, after them.
Under Win's leadership, Sugarbush has continued that commitment of giving back to our local and regional community by supporting a number of deserving organizations, from cultural and educational non-profits to environmental and athletic foundations.
We'd like to call attention to some of the organizations we work most closely with. If you are contemplating a gift today, or this month, these are some of the organizations we have deemed worthy of our support:
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports (with a location at Mt. Ellen) provides ski and snowboard experiences (and equipment) for disabled skiers and riders of all ages. One of the families participating in Vermont Adaptive is offering a match of up to $20,000 on all donations received today. To donate, click here.
High Fives Foundation, founded by Mad River Valley local skier Roy Tuscany, supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life altering injuries.
Kelly Brush Foundation, founded by the family of Kelly Brush--a former Green Mountain Valley School and Middlebury College student. The Kelly Brush Foundation has two passions: helping people thrive by incorporating sports and recreation into their lifestyle and preventing injuries in the sport of ski racing.
Mad River Valley Community Fund, a non-profit organization established in 1989 to specifically respond to the needs of Mad River Valley residents.
Mad River Path Association, whose mission is to build, maintain, and conserve a system of continuous public pathways from Warren to Moretown to foster a healthy community by connecting the people, businesses and special places of the Mad River Valley.
Flyin' Ryan Foundation was founded by Sugarbush skier Peter Hawks in memory of his son Ryan. The foundation aims to share Ryan's 14 core principles and to level the financial playing field by providing adventure scholarships to deserving adventurers.
Hannah's House, a nonprofit therapy center in the Mad River Valley that supports emotional health for children, adolescents, and families by providing local, high quality counseling, community outreach through education, and alternative therapies including neurofeedback brain training for anxiety based disorders.
Vermont Women's Fund, committed to supporting the advancement, self-sufficiency, and economic and social equality of Vermont women and girls.
Green Mountain Valley School, whose mission is through the sport of ski racing and liberal-arts education, to develop the whole person with a life-long love of learning, sport and adventure.
US Ski and Snowboard Association, whose vision is to make the USA the best in the world in Olympic skiing and snowboarding by providing leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders who share an Olympic dream while maintaining a strong adherence to core values.
We at Sugarbush are proud to be able to give back to organizations and individuals like those listed above. We look forward to a long winter of skiing and riding with all of you, starting with today's top-to-bottom skiing and riding, courtesy of our hardworking snowmaking team (and Mother Nature).
See you on the mountain,
VP of Communications