Frisco, Colo. April 22, 2018 — With a fresh coat of snow, Copper skiers and snowboarders’ spirits were high in their quest to raise funds for their favorite Tahoe-based non-profit.
The 3rd Annual Retro Shred-a-Thon was presented by Colorado-based brand Phunkshun Wear on Copper Mountain Resort’s infamous lift, American Eagle. Participants spent the day skiing with friends while raising funds for the High Fives Foundation, a national non-profit organization based in Truckee, Calif. that rewards grants to athletes recovering from major injuries, such as spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries.
The Retro Shred-a-Thon is plain and simple – Have FUN! Participants skied fun laps dawning neon one-piece snowsuits, throwback goggles, straight skis and other retro attire. Smiles, laughter, and high fives were the theme for the day.
“I’ve attended and supported every Retro Shred-a-Thon since the beginning,” says High Fives supporter Greg Hydle. “The event brings together some of Colorado’s finest individuals for a fun-filled day on the hill!”
Prior to the event, all participants were encouraged to reach out and seek donations from their network to raise additional funds. All funds raised go directly to The High Fives Foundation and their efforts to support mountain sports athletes that have suffered life-altering injuries.
Over 50 skiers and snowboarders participated in the event, and 12 High Fives Athletes (grant recipients) were in attendance to show their support. Many of the Athletes in attendance were patients at Englewood, Colorado’s Craig Hospital; long-time partner of the Foundation.
“The Retro Shred-a-Thon is such a fun event, and one of my favorite ski days of the year for my family and I,” says Jake Manley, Marketing and Media Services Manager at Craig Hospital. “To see 12 High Fives Athletes out there supporting and shredding at Copper was a true testament to the amazing work that High Fives does.”
Jack’s Restaurant at the base of Copper Mountain host the rewards to recognize the most spirit and the top fundraisers in the event.
#1 Solo Fundraiser – Adam Abraham
#2 Solo Fundraiser – Trevor Kennison
#3 Solo Fundraiser – Sally Francklyn
#4 Solo Fundraiser – Leah Guy
#5 Solo Fundraiser – Scott Will
#6 Solo Fundraiser – Allyson Mallory
#7 Solo Fundraiser – Scott Loveless
#8 Solo Fundraiser – Ethan McCoski
#9 Solo Fundraiser – Noah Gionfriddo
#10 Solo Fundraiser – Drew Stephens
#1 Team Fundraiser – Team Doctors without Mullets
#2 Team Fundraiser – Team #AllysonStrong
#3 Team Fundraiser – Team Kind Design
Most Ski Laps – Trevor Kennison (43 Laps)
BEST Outfit – Sarah Manley
The event’s conclusion saw Retro Shred-a-Thon participants rally together to raise over $30,000 for the High Fives Foundation’s Empowerment Fund. Funds raised will support injured outdoor sports athletes through grant funding to be used towards reaching their recovery goals.
Cirque is looking forward to continued support for the great work of the High Fives Foundation. We are proud to have made their custom headwear awarded to participants who donate $50 or more for the cause.
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