Sunlight shows gratitude |

Sunlight shows gratitude

Anyone looking to hit the slopes and help a good cause will be happy to hear that Sunlight Mountain Resort’s LaFarge/EnCana Skier Appreciation Day is back.Skier Appreciation Day is Friday, Jan. 6, with lift tickets only costing $10 and all proceeds going to the United Way of Garfield County.LaFarge and EnCana will be covering the operating costs at Sunlight, while all lift ticket revenues will be donated to the United Way.”This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. This has been a historic event for us,” said Leslie Robinson, executive director of the United Way of Garfield County. “It just does so much for disadvantaged folks in the community. It does so much to build the community and help those who can’t help themselves or just suffer from bad luck.”The event has been going on at Sunlight for more than 10 years and always draws a large amount of people.”It is one of our busiest days,” said John Seaberry, public relations and marketing assistant at Sunlight. “It is a really cool and fun way to give back to the community.”Last year, the event raised $10,000 for the United Way, but this year Robinson is hoping for more.”Wouldn’t it be wonderful to reach $15,000?” Robinson pondered. “If 1,500 people can go out and ski and $10 a piece, we could reach that. Let’s all go skiing for the United Way.”Skiers and riders who are students in Garfield County schools, who can’t attend the event because they will be in class on Friday, will receive a voucher for a $10 lift ticket good on Sunday, Jan. 8, to attend the first Rail Jam Series, a three-part competition testing snowriders’ abilities at the new terrain park at Sunlight. But students must attend school on Friday to get the voucher.Teachers and employees in Garfield County schools will receive a voucher for a free lift ticket on Jan. 8.A disc jockey and local band will be performing on the sun deck throughout the day on Jan. 6. There will also be a raffle, for anyone who purchases a $10 lift ticket, where two winners will take home a new snowboard or a pair of skis.

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