David McCarthy Memorial Fund

$24,500 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 153 people in 48 months
David McCarthy ("Davey" or "Daveo") passed away on October 17, 2014. In thinking of a way to honor David's life, one thing is certain: Sugarloaf, somehow, needed to be involved.

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.
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Davey's been gone 3 years, Every day is a test. But he lives on in so many ways. Today was my first day of the season, and it was his too - not because of me, but because he loved this mountain and the people here so much. So every year since he died, we have been giving season passes to people in the Sugarloaf community who would otherwise not be able to afford them. All in the honor of and remembrance of a Sugarloafer who died way too soon. We've been very, very fortunate to have the support of so many people over the last few years. I humbly ask for that continued support now. David would be embarrassed by all this - he probably is - but, for better or worse, he's established a legacy. And the workers in the Sugarloaf area can, with your support, continue to benefit from it. This year, Dave's brothers and I aim to provide two people in the Sugarloaf area whose work benefits Sugarloaf and its visitors and guests with season's passes to enjoy this spectacular mountain. Thank you.
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This season, Davey's spirit and passion live on in many ways. In his memory we were able to provide two Gold season passes to two very deserving individuals. Our ability to do so was once again the result of the support of friends and family who have made exceedingly generous donations. The ravages of drug addiction continue to destroy lives and tear families apart. While this fund was established in Dave's memory and to honor him, we hope that, in some small but very real way, that it communicates the horrible consequences of drug addiction. We also hope that we will be able to continue this fund well into the future. Thank you for all your support. And thank you, Tom Brady.
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Dave has been able to provide 5 gold passes this year to some very deserving individuals who help make Sugarloaf the special place it is. They and we thank all of the donors who have made this possible. Those 5 passes and your support will keep Dave's spirit and passion alive!
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Over a year has passed since Davey died. The impact of his death has been much more positive than any of us ever imagined. We established this fund to honor David and one of his biggest passions. We started with a goal of $5,000 and through the unbelievable generosity of you all we exceeded that greatly. Last year we were able to provide 8 passes. Our goal this year is more conservative, but we hope to be able to provide this benefit to the Sugarloaf community for a long, long time. It's one of the best ways we have of honoring Davey.
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Debbie Hackett
39 months ago
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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.

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Mary Mckinney
39 months ago
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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.

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Mrs. Mustard
46 months ago
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Congratulations for those new pass holders! Nice work!

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Raised by 153 people in 48 months
Created October 23, 2014
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Choose Kind
10 months ago
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touching video tribute, so many thanks for sharing

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Brock McCarthy
10 months ago
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Miss you, Dave. Your nieces would love you oh so much. ❤️

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John Palman
10 months ago
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"There was a time, before we were born, if someone asks, this is where I'll be" Talking Heads

Debbie Hackett
39 months ago
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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.

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Mary Mckinney
39 months ago
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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.

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Mrs. Mustard
46 months ago
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Congratulations for those new pass holders! Nice work!

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