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2023 Mountain Meister Pay2Play Donations Total $4,105 for Local Charities
Kevin Hamlin presents check to Jen's Friends

NORTH CONWAY, NH—Cranmore Mountain Resort’s Meisters Race Program celebrated its 52nd year during the 2022-23 season and the Pay2Play program raised some of the highest single-season donations totals in the history of the program.

During the Mountain Meisters Race league, racers take 2 runs through the course. The Pay2Play program allows racers to take a third run through the racecourse for a $5 donation to a pre-determined non-profit. Since the program started during the 2018 season, Cranmore has donated over $25,000 through the Pay2Play program.

This season, there were 9 Pay2Play opportunities for racers, with two weeks at a time dedicated to one non-profit. The first two weeks went to the Kennett Highschool Project Graduation. Project Graduation is a drug and alcohol-free celebration held on graduation night, and typically includes games, activities, food, entertainment & music to name a few things. This is a parent-supervised event and nearly 100% of the graduating class attends this inclusive tradition each year. Racers raised $500 during these first weeks.

During weeks 3 and 4, $687 went to Starting Point, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of domestic and sexual violence through social change, education, and quality services for victims.

End 68 Hours of Hunger is a non-profit that confronts the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some children in school experience between lunch on Fridays and the free breakfasts they receive on Mondays. Weeks 5 and 6 raised $900 dollars for the program to help children in our community, one of the highest single-season totals in Pay2Play history.

Weeks 7 and 9 went to the Vaughn Community Services. Meisters raised $822 during these weeks. Vaughan Community Services, Inc. is a private non-profit organization serving New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington Valley. Their food pantry services cover the entire Town of Conway (approximately 11,000 residents), and childcare serves the greater communities of the Valley from Conway to Gorham, NH and much of Carroll County.

The last race of every season (week 10), benefits Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation. Racers are allowed to take unlimited runs for a $5 (or more) donation. $1,196 was raised. Funds are distributed to clients diagnosed with cancer to help provide financial and human resources to assist clients and families with care and more.

The 10-week Mountain Meister series hosts approximately 20+ teams and over 300 racers throughout the season. Mountain Meisters is open to skiers, snowboarders, and telemark skiers of all ability levels, ages 21 and up.

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