Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort raised more than $21,500 for Mercy Corps during Monday evening’s Haitian Relief night. The resort announced the fundraiser less than two weeks ago, offering to extend operational hours on the President’s Monday holiday and challenging skiers and snowboarders to purchase their $10 night ticket online, pledging all $10 of the online purchase would be donated to the Mercy Corps Haitian Relief efforts.
More than $8,000 was raised through the generosity of advance purchasing guests, some of whom didn’t even use the lift ticket. Meadows officials are donating an additional $12,700 from the evening’s proceeds to up that total to $20,760. Meadows guests also dug deep into their pockets offering spare change and bills (some with big numbers on them) to Mercy Corps volunteers attending the event. In total the evening generated $21,533 for Haiti.
Meadows has a page on the Mercy Corps web site for those that would still like to contribute:
Resort Executive Director of Communications Dave Tragethon said the evening exceeded expectations. “We are grateful and humbled by the turn out of our guests looking for a good deal and an even better cause. It is with great pleasure and pride that on behalf of our guests and staff we present Mercy Corps with this $21,533 donation. We know these funds will be used to help the noble people of Haiti rebuild their lives and their country.”
Mercy Corps efforts are creating thousands of jobs for survivors, securing clean water and sanitation services for hard-hit neighborhoods, providing jobs to 7,000 survivors to help clear debris and rebuild their community and helping kids traumatized by the earthquake.
“Mercy Corps is honored to be the recipient of Mt. Hood Meadows’ fundraiser and the generosity of those who participated in this great event for Haiti” said Mercy Corps spokeswoman Caitlin Carlson. “Mercy Corps responded immediately to the needs in Haiti and is committed for the long haul to help the country rebuild. Donations from the event will be used to improve lives of Haitians affected by this devastating earthquake. We thank everyone who participated.”
Mercy Corps helps people in the world’s toughest places turn the crises of natural disaster, poverty and conflict into opportunities for progress. Driven by local needs and market conditions, our programs provide communities with the tools and support they need to transform their own lives. Our worldwide team of 3,700 professionals is improving the lives of 16.7 million people in more than 40 countries. For more information, see mercycorps.org.