July 2015 | Preserve Our Paradise Campaign

Welcome to the Campaign Newsletter!

Welcome to the first issue of the Preserve our Paradise Campaign Newsletter! We'll be publishing bimonthly, initially on a limited basis to MRG volunteers, boards, committees, and staff. 

In this issue:
Campaign Update
The Stark Mountain Foundation Relationship
Your Contributions at Work 

As the campaign gradually broadens and moves into the public phase, the circulation will expand and content will change to reflect a broader audience. We welcome your comments, suggestions, and thoughts!

Campaign Update

As many of you are already aware, the Preserve Our Paradise fundraising campaign is currently in the "quiet" phase, building early support prior to a public launch of the campaign this coming winter. Several initiatives are proceeding in parallel as the foundation is laid for a major fundraising campaign. The Awareness Events Committee has held three informational events at private houses, with 20-30 Mad River enthusiasts at each event. These educational meetings seek to build early support for the campaign; no actual solicitation takes place. A hearty thank-you to Jim & Kathy Elkind, Deb Steines & Bob Rogers, Karen Lloyd & Tom Martin, Carol & Al Pierce, and Linda & Tim Guy for their gracious hospitality! Several more awareness events are planned for this summer and early fall.

The Advance Gifts Division has started personal solicitation of family, friends, campaign volunteers, and Board and Campaign Cabinet members. Early conversations have been extremely encouraging, yielding gifts that are typically close to fifteen times the amount that was given on the Single Chair campaign. Conversations are ongoing and still in the very early stages. It's too early to report pledge totals, but we fully expect to have positive news to report later this year regarding the progress of the campaign. 

We welcome your support & involvement, and look forward to developing an exciting and successful campaign over the next few years!

Stark Mountain Foundation

Stark Mountain Foundation logoOne of the key milestones in the development of the Preserve Our Paradise Campaign was the signing last fall of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Mad River Glen Cooperative and the Stark Mountain Foundation (SMF). The memorandum provides a framework for cooperation between the two organizations and enables fully tax deductible status for gifts due to the 501(c)(3) nonprofit status of SMF.

Other recent accomplishments include establishing protocols for funding grant requests to MRG, building robust financial controls for handling gifts, and launching a completely redesigned website. Founded in 2001, SMF is a fully volunteer-driven organization with a mission to "preserve and protect the forests and mountain ecosystem of Stark Mountain." The Cooperative and SMF enjoy a strong relationship and look forward to a fruitful campaign to ensure a secure future for Mad River Glen and the Stark Mountain environment.

Your Contributions at Work

Although the campaign is in its very early stages, SMF has been able to fund some much-needed mountain work this summer. A grant funded by the campaign will purchase materials to build a new Patrol hut at the top of the Double Chair. The new hut will be enlarged to allow the ski school to use it as a warming hut for the kids on cold days. The actual work to construct the hut will be performed on a volunteer basis by patrol and ski school members over the summer.

Other SMF gifts are funding a hard-working trail crew consisting of Ry Young of the Freestyle program, and George Amenta of the Patrol. Thanks to their efforts, this winter a widened woods line now named the Marten will connect the Lower Antelope with the Bunny, with a feel similar to the Ferret. Next on the project list is work on glades off the Liftline. The successful Single Chair Campaign has already demonstrated that a culture of philanthropy can help MRG sustain itself and thrive, and we look forward to achieving even more in the coming years thanks to the generosity of the MRG community.

Upcoming Events

General Stark's Pub is open for summer weekends, 4-8 pm, Fri, Sat and Sun.
July 4
Annual Warren Parade - Join the MRG float! 10:00 AM
August 12
MRG Mountain Work Day: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM, MRG Base Area

More info at Mad River Glen's Event Calendar
Campaign Cabinet

Chair: Annika Holtan    Members at Large: Lars Bruns, Bob Dillon, Jim Elkind, Meg Hourihan, Betsy Jondro, Karen Lloyd, John Nesbett, Pamela Nesbett, Eric Palola, Penny Parson, Greg Scott, Debra Steines, John Stetson, John Tobin, Brooks Ware, Jamey Wimble
Look for our next newsletter in September!

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