Although the weather was unfortunately uncooperative for Snowfest at Loon Mountain this year, those who braved the drive to Lincoln said that the ski conditions were great. Despite the short turn out, we had a record-breaking 280 registered guests this year. WOW!
Since 2000, Loon Mountain has invited CASA volunteer advocates and their families to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, and tube all day long for free as a very generous thank-you for the hard work they’ve committed themselves to. Then-General Manager and CASA board member Rick Kelley initiated this day of thanks all those years ago. Though Rick couldn’t make it to Snowfest this year, we presented our beautiful For the Child print to Loon Vice President of Mountain Operations, Andrew Noyes, on behalf of the staff and mountain ambassadors as a thank you for two decades of giving to our advocates.
Over the years, Snowfest has gone through several iterations including in most recent years serving as a community fundraiser with a fun and unique snow golf competition.
Guests enjoyed a continental breakfast, provided by Loon, and a great assortment of lunch items and finger foods, provided by The Common Man’s Foster’s Boiler Room. Sam Adams opened up their bar at lunch time and even provided free samples, as well as a game station. Cape Cod’s own Palmer Egan joined us for his fourth year to provide live entertainment. Emcee and committee member Steve Friedman, from 92.5 The River, played fun games throughout the party for a chance to win some free prizes!
We had two raffles filled with great prizes. Winners from the gold raffle won Blizzard skis, Tecnica Boots, and bindings from Rodger’s Ski and Sport in Lincoln, a season pass to Loon mountain and its affiliates, a Sam Adams cooler filled with Sam Adams gear, Southwest round-trip tickets, or Dion snowshoes. Our silver raffle was filled with donated prizes from local businesses: family fun packs to New England amusement parks, date nights in various locations around the state, signed New England sport memorabilia, bracelets, gift cards… the list goes on! Congratulations to our raffle prize winners, and a special congratulations to Allen Durant, the CASA volunteer who won the free advocate raffle basket filled with self-care items.
This year’s event also raised $25,000 in sponsorships, raffle ticket sales, and registration fees from non-advocates that joined us for the day. All funds raised will go back to CASA so we can continue to recruit and train more advocates to speak on behalf of New Hampshire’s abused and neglected children.
Thank you to all who joined us, and we hope to see everyone at Snowfest next year on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.
Below are photos provided by our event photographer, Kendal J. Bush.