Big bucks for Bigrock! Staff at the Mars Hill mountain were thrilled to receive a fifteen-thousand dollar donation from Katahdin Trust company recently, all part of the effort to help keep the mountain open.
“It was absolutely tremendous,” says Bigrock Mountain General Manager Bill Getman. “The outpouring has been great and Katahdin is a very good business partner and we’re just happy to have them on board.”
Katahdin Trust gave the mountain ten thousand dollars towards their fundraising goal, and five thousand dollars worth of advertising. Getman says Big Rock now has 191 thousand dollars that’s either been committed and/or is in the bank..the goal is to raise 300-thousand dollars which will keep them operational for the next three years at the minimum…after that, they’ll have to make some changes.
Getman says, “We’ll probably change our hours a little bit, our pricing structure will change a little bit, so we’ll have to change it so we’re here for the next 30 years.”
He says in order to keep the fundraising efforts ongoing, staff at Bigrock hope to be holding annual events at the mountain, for the community to come, have fun, and help them achieve their monetary goal. The first is Rocktoberfest this Saturday. Rocktoberfest will have live music, a mountain bike race, a 5k trail walk-run, and much more.
“We’ve had some great donations,” Getman says. “We’re going to have a live auction, we’re going to have a dinner, Sunday River gave us a 3500 dollar package to auction off..if we come back with ten thousand dollars, we’ll be very happy.”
He says the best way to donate to the mountain now is to come to the events like Rocktoberfest, or by buying season passes which will be available at the end of this week – or shopping during the ski sale they’ll have at the beginning of November.
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