Ski New Hampshire, the statewide association representing 37 alpine and cross country resorts around the state, adopted the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire as its official charity three seasons ago.
As part of this partnership, $5 from every Ski N.H. 5th grade Snowsports Passport is donated to the charity. Ski N.H. recently presented Make-A-Wish Foundation with a check for $5,800 from the winter 2007-08 passport sales. When combined with donations from the previous two seasons, the gifts have totaled more than $11,000.
The mission of Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. These donations, in addition to special fundraiser events hosted by many Ski N.H. resorts, assist Make-A-Wish in achieving its goals. More than 725 children battling life-threatening medical conditions across the state have experienced their dream come true through the efforts of Make-A-Wish.
"The support of organizations such as Ski N.H. and its member ski areas are vital in our efforts to bring smiles to as many children as possible," states Julie Baron, Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire Chief Executive Officer.
Ski N.H.'s fifth grade Snowsports Passport program offers a book of lift ticket vouchers. The 5th grade book costs $20 (to support administrative costs), with $5 donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. The book consists of one, two, or three lift tickets or trail passes to each of the 37 member resorts of Ski NH, as well as savings on lift tickets and trail passes for parents and siblings, rental packages, lessons and more. Families complete an application available on SkiNH.com and forward it along with a copy of their fifth grader's report card to receive a 5th grade passport.