A Big Birthday

taos ridgeathon 2015-7So it’s Ridge-A-Thon’s 19th year, and today is Ben Myers’ 45th birthday.
The weather and snow conditions were variable, the storm of Thursday rolled through Friday, and then cleared up on Saturday. In one participant’s words “this year was brutal”, which brought our athletes back to the Looking Glass sun-kissed and ready to relax.

The snow conditions kept numbers lower for runs completed, but valiant efforts were made by all. Our ‘Most Ripping’ U-18s were Forest Rach of team ThunderLizards, 15, with 26 runs and Angie Burns, 8, with 4! Both received a Mona Van Riper Designs Skier pin. Our ‘Most Ripping’ Adults were Mike Engelhardt for the men with 45 runs taken, and for the ladies, Eliana Lerman of team Peregrine Falcons with 12, both receiving Mona’s classic bronze El Borracho pins. Former NM Governor Gary Johnson was on Engelhardt’s trail, coming up just short with 42 runs. With the third most runs taken was the Family Burns, who not only took 31 runs, and raised over $1,200 dollars, they also won two of our Big Kahuna prizes, Ross won the NeverSummer Industries snowboard, and Naty won a pair of Lange Boots!

Team Edelweiss’ Kent Forte and Jonathan Kushner raised the most funds bringing in over $4,500 for the Emergency Medicines Fund for the 5th year running! They also managed to hike 27 runs on the weekend. We had quite a few teams break into the thousands this year on their fundraising efforts. As of the event awards party we have received over $24,800 in donations and pledges. We were missing two of our biggest fundraisers this year, Mike “Red” Wagener on a knee injury, and one of our Grannies, Edy Anderson, who is always one of our biggest cheerleaders and fundraisers. Second most successful fundraisers were the Millie and Jessica Savages bringing in $3,219, then our Grannies – who happened to all be Gramps this year – with $2,558, and the Peregrine Falcons’ Ryan Debue and Eliana Lerman with $2,265.

Athan Miller from Golden, Colorado who donated to Millie and Jessica Savages won our huge BookTaos.com $5,000 vacation raffle, and all our athletes went home with amazing gifts, swag, the 2015 tshirt and Big Kahuna raffle prizes from our sponsors.

More details, thank yous and results are forthcoming. For now, suffice it to say, it was another Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon, another beautiful opportunity for all of us to feel really good about giving back and going the extra mile for the people and things we believe in.

Photo by Kevin Rebholtz

Book Taos Vacation Raffle

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This year we are proud to announce that we will be raffling an amazing vacation package from BookTaos.com during our Ridge-A-Thon awards party on March 21 at Taos Ski Valley. The raffle is open to athletes, donors, and the public! We asked, and BookTaos.com provided an astoundingly generous package for two of both exciting and relaxing activities along with five nights’ lodging and even cooking classes all for a lucky winner and an even luckier friend!

Tickets for raffle entry will go on sale for $25 each to the public on February 20. Our athletes automatically receive up to 4 entries, based on funds received prior to March 21. Donors supporting an athlete receive a ticket for every donation to individual athletes in increments of $25, up to $100. Donation must be received before March 21 to be qualified for entry. Max 4 entries per individual to keep the playing field reasonably level.

We are thrilled with this exciting new addition to the fund-raising action, and hope that it will help us to raise even more for the Emergency Medicines Fund. You can buy your tickets now!
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The BookTaos.com Fabulously Fantastic Getaway Valued at over $5,000