David McCarthy Memorial Fund
For those of you who do not know, Sugarloaf is a ski area in the western mountain region of Maine. It's where David and his family spent the majority of their winters, and it later became David's permanent home.
Sugarloaf was more than his passion. It was his religion. It was a tremendous piece to the puzzle that was David McCarthy. It became his way of life.
With this in mind, his family has established the David McCarthy Sugarloaf Season's Pass Memorial Fund - the goal to raise money for a one-year Sugarloaf season's pass to go to an individual or individuals who work in the Sugarloaf community but are not provided a season's pass by the mountain as part of his or her compensation.
David worked at the Bag & Kettle, Sugarloaf's signature restaurant at the base of the mountain, for six years. He loved his job, and the people with whom he worked. But employees at "The Bag," for example, are not provided a ski pass as part of their compensation. There are many businesses within the Sugarloaf community similarly situated. With this fund, David's family hopes to be able to pass on David's passion for Sugarloaf to deserving employees of those businesses.
We continue to maintain our support of Sugarloaf area workers by providing season passes, but this year we are broadening our horizons to contribute to two organizations which either had or would have had a significant impact on David.
The first is MaineWorks, which was started by a friend. Its mission is to provide jobs and employment assistance (including clothing, equipment and transportation) to recovering addicts and ex-cons. This organization began after Dave died, but I know he would have fully endorsed it.
The second is the Sugarloaf division of Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation which enables individuals with disabilities to fully enjoy the benefits of skiing, boarding or sliding down the slopes of Sugarloaf. I know from many conversations with Dave how brave he considered those folks and how impressed he was with the volunteers who provided assistance on the hill.
Dave's home was, is, and will be forever, Sugarloaf. He loved the place. As anybody who's ever visited it knows, it grabs hold of you. And Davey and his family have been fortunate enough to give some some small amount back to the Sugarloaf community. Your support has been invaluable and I humbly ask for it to continue.
What a wonderful way to share David's fight, one that so many of us are touched by either through family, friends, and ourselves. Bringing into the open for everyone to discuss is such a courageous thing for your family to do. I am sure that David would be proud to know that his fight with his addiction might help many others. God Bless You & Your Family.
I have no money to offer your family,I just had to say Thank You for sharing your sons story,Thank You for sharing with AMERICA that heroin addiction is killing our family members friends etc,and it has no boundaries ,it takes lifes from every walk of life daily. Thank You.