24 Hours of Stratton to take place Jan. 6-7

STRATTON — It's round-the-clock skiing for a cause.

On January 6-7, 2018, the Stratton Foundation will be holding its largest fundraising event, the 6th Annual 24 Hours of Stratton, inviting participants to ski or snowboard for as long as they wish from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. To date, the event has raised $1 million to support the foundation's mission of breaking the cycle of generational poverty for the children of southern Vermont.

Participants can ski the mountain by day, ride lit trails by night, under starry skies through to first tracks at sunrise. It's a weekend of fun and camaraderie, with fireworks, athletes camping out in the base lodge, food, and giveaways. Spectators are encouraged to sit by the outdoor fire pits and cheer on those who have made it their personal goal to ride around the clock.

"I am so honored to be a part of the most amazing shred event I have ever witnessed or attended," said Christopher Mitchell, a participant in 2017. "Stratton feels like home whenever I'm there, and I'm beyond stoked to be involved with the Stratton Foundation. Words can't describe how excited we are for the 24 Hours of Stratton."

The concept behind the 24 Hours is for people to participate at no cost to themselves, but to ask family, friends, and colleagues to donate to raise at least a minimum requirement. Most athletes go above and beyond, reaching for the award of top individual and top team fundraising, and awards are also presented for top vertical feet and the team vertical relay challenge.

In 2017, the Stratton Foundation enjoyed one of its largest seasons of giving, distributing $200,000 to organizations that are on the ground executing programs to break down the challenges of poverty that stand between a child in need and the opportunity to be healthy and educated. The Stratton Foundation focuses on four major categories which include food and hunger, health and dental, basic necessities, and innovative education targeting at-risk and first-generation teens.

Tammy Mosher, foundation executive director said, `It's an opportunity to turn the passion of skiing into purpose by raising money for the most vulnerable children within our own community, and community of the 24 Hours includes the affinity for where we live work and play, the love for the sport of skiing and snowboarding at Stratton, and also the common goal to lift our Vermont children out of poverty. The event is a win win.

"The Stratton Mountain Resort gifts an incredible amount of in-kind services on and off the slopes to make this event a success," added Mosher, "showcasing our partnership and aligned mission to give back to community, and to help youth." The 24 Hours of Stratton has transformed the foundation's giving from awarding small grants, to initiating and facilitating big impact changes, such as providing funding for weekend and summer food backpack programs, in-school dental and emergency care, and more.

There are two ways to help: sign up for the 24 Hours of Stratton, or donate by going to Stratton.com/24. You can also text "VTKIDS" to donate to 41411 to help reach the goal of raising $200,000. For more information, call (802)297-2096, or visit strattonfoundation.org.


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