3rd ANNUAL RETRO SHRED-A-THON AT COPPER MOUNTAIN RESORT RAISES OVER $30K FOR INJURED ATHLETES IN NEED
PHOTO: Retro Shred-a-Thon participants were all smiles as they prepared to lap Copper Mountain Resort’s American Eagle lift in the name of fun and philanthropy. Photo Credit: Nico Nordin, High Fives Foundation.
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 concept of the Retro Shred-a-Thon is plain and simple – Have FUN! Participants skied fun laps dawning neon one-piece snow suits, 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 to their networks to seek pledges and donations. 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.”
Awards were held after the event at Jack’s Restaurant in the Copper Mountain Resort base lodge 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
Most Retro 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.
Contact: Steve Wallace
High Fives Non-Profit Foundation
About Phunkshun Wear: Officially founded in 2011, Phunkshun Wear has been manufacturing facemasks in the Rocky Mountains since day one. Originally designed to fulfill the needs of ski and snowboard instructors, Phunkshun Wear continues to produce items that stand up to winter weather conditions and protect from the elements. For more information visit www.phunkshunwear.com
About the High Fives Foundation: The High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based, national 501.c.3 non-profit organization. The High Fives Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. Formed as a way to “pay-it-forward” by the founder from his own recovery to help injured athletes, the Foundation has helped 193 athletes to date since its inception in 2009. For more information visit www.highfivesfoundation.org/