Whitewater general manager Kirk Jensen (centre right) presents cheques to (left to right) Astrid Heyerdahl and Susan MacKintosh of Touchstones Nelson, and to Angela Morris of Kootenay Kids after over $5,000 was raised during the ski resort’s Community Day. Photo submitted

Whitewater Community Day raises over $5,000

Touchstones Nelson and Kootenay Kids are this year’s recipients

Submitted by Whitewater Ski Resort

Whitewater Ski Resort has been raising money and awareness for a number of local organizations and non-profits over 2019’s festive holiday period.

The ski resort held its fifth annual Community Day on Dec. 20. With eight centimetres of fresh snow and the entire skiable terrain open to explore, local residents were able to buy a full day lift ticket for $10. Five hundred forty-six community members came out to support the event.

Each year, all proceeds from Whitewater’s community day are donated to local community organizations. This year, Touchstones Nelson: Museum of Art and History and Kootenay Kids were the recipients of the $5,460 generated.

“Touchstones would like to extend a big thank you to Whitewater Ski Resort for their generous Community Day donation to the museum,” said president Susan MacKintosh.

“Whitewater’s Community Day embodies the generosity of the people who live and work in our community, and we are so grateful to be one of the recipients of this year’s fundraiser. Money received from donations gets put back into the community through free programming that is accessible to everyone.”

In addition to ticket proceeds, the Whitewater guest services team accepted food donations for the Nelson Community Food Centre. Several other local businesses were invited to set up tents in the ski resort’s base area and provide free demos and activities to residents and guests.

The next day, Whitewater held its annual Rockstar Raffle with ticket proceeds donated to the Whitewater ski team, a non-profit ski racing club

In the raffle, third-place draw Alexandra Coco was the lucky winner of a $50 gift card from the Kootenay Co-op. Second-place draw Corinna Bergeron won a one-night stay for two at any Prestige Hotel and Resort and first-place draw Jesse Reel won the coveted Rockstar front row parking spot and a 2019-20 Whitewater season pass.

On Dec. 22, the ski hill accepted donations to the Salvation Army as part of its Santa visits Whitewater event.

“We’re really proud to be able to support so many organizations and non-profits in our local area,” said ski hill general manager Kirk Jensen. “The Whitewater vibe is created from having such a vibrant community around us. It’s really awesome to continue to be a part of that.”

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