STRATTON MOUNTAIN >> On March 19-20, the Stratton Mountain Resort hosted the 4th annual 24 Hours of Stratton, which is an opportunity to ski at Stratton over 24 Hours, and puts the FUN in fundraising. Since 2012, the event has raised nearly $800,000 to support the Foundation's mission to help southern Vermont children and families living in poverty. This year, 195 athletes raised $119,000, thanks in large part to the Stratton Mountain operations team and resort staff.
Also over the weekend, the Stratton Foundation held the 5th Annual Taste of Vermont, welcoming 40 restaurants and chefs presenting tastings to 400 guests, adding another $18,000 to the Stratton Foundation's pool for community giving.
This type of big fundraising bestows an opportunity for the Stratton Foundation to make a big impact in a way that changes lives. This year, the Stratton Foundation will be distributing over $150,000 to initiate programs that fill critically needed services in the community, as well as continue to support existing programs, such as children's weekend and summer food programs, community food cupboards, and educational opportunities for first-generation teens.
"I was honored and proud to take part in the 24 Hours of Stratton because – regardless of my lack of skill on the slopes – I knew I was part of a winning team which helps raise money for Vermont children living in poverty. The Stratton Foundation deserves a gold medal for putting on this year's events, raising thousands toward that mission. Capping it all off with the Taste of Vermont was the icing on the cake – or the maple syrup on the pancakes, in Vermont terms. From start to finish, these 24 hours were about Vermonters working together to help our local children in need, all while appreciating what our beautiful state has to offer," said Lt. Governor Phil Scott.
The Stratton Foundation is also proud to unveil its "Heart of Stratton" movie to celebrate its 20th Anniversary, demonstrating the impact that event participation, donations, and sponsorships provide in helping Vermonters receive basic necessities. To see the movie, visit www.strattonfoundation.org.
Thanks to proceeds from 'Snowlight in Vermont' the 'Friends of the Foundation Magazine,' and event sponsors, including: 98.1JJR, Black River Produce, Casella, Carbone Auto Group, Equipe Sport, Farrell Distributing, People's Linens, Performance Food Group, Procalc, Sysco, Village Picture Shows, Vermont.Com, WCAX, and other businesses providing products and services.
To learn more, visit www.strattonfoundation.org or call 802-297-2096.