Magic Mountain owner Hatheway spurs ski goggle donations

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LONDONDERRY — Originally from Westchester County, N.Y., Magic Mountain Ski Area owner Geoff Hatheway wanted to be able to help any way he could during the COVID-19 outbreak, which has hit the metropolitan area extremely hard.

He saw another ski resort owner, Jon Schaefer, who runs Berkshire East in Charlemont, Mass., and Catamount in Hillsdale, N.Y., had spearheaded a campaign to get ski goggles to health care workers, many of whom are struggling to secure the personal protective equipment (PPE) they need to take care of themselves while they take care of sick patients.

So right away, Hatheway knew he could help and on the first run, Hatheway sent nearly 40 pairs of donated goggles to Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

"This is only been around for two-and-a-half weeks and Jon started this thing and it just took off," said Hatheway on Tuesday in front of the Magic Mountain lodge in Londonderry. "We did it right away when it first came out and we sent [the goggles] down to Montefiore."

Overall, the program has donated more than 28,000 pairs to healthcare workers across the country.

As part of the program, goggles can be donated to specific hospitals and Hatheway said that the Montefiore hospital made the most sense.

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"They needed about the number we had so we sent the first batch specifically to Montefiore, it was a perfect fit," Hatheway said.

Hatheway also worked in Manhattan for nearly two decades.

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"I was there during 9/11 and so I'm in tune with responding to those states of emergency," Hatheway said. "Also, a lot of our customers are from New York City and the metro area. We care about them."

On Tuesday, Hatheway promoted another collection of the ski goggles, asking people to donate used goggles, disinfecting them and putting them into sealed plastic bags. After getting nearly 40 on the first go-round, Hatheway had more than 40 pairs of goggles this time.

"It's a little less crazy up here in Vermont, but we're still dealing with it and we feel anything we can do help out nurses, doctors and health care workers is important," Hatheway said.

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The goggles donated on Tuesday are going to hospitals in Portchester, N.Y. and Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Most of them were given by 1st Chair Sports, which sits at the end of the Magic Mountain Access Road.

"They had a bunch of goggles left over from their inventory from the year and they wanted to give us some," Hatheway said. "They already donated for our first go and they wanted to do more. We were also supported by a couple of our season pass holders, so everyone is contributing. It's nice to have good partners right here locally."

Magic Mountain is just one of 15 places to donate goggles dot the state, with at least one in most corners of Vermont.

For more information on the programs, visit gogglesfordocs.com


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