David McCarthy Memorial Fund

$26,000 of $27,000 goal

Raised by 167 people in 56 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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So much has happened in the last four years. David's death was - still is - overwhelming. We miss him indescribably. But he lives on around us every day. The season at Sugarloaf has started and conditions are incredible (thanks, Dave). We started this fund initially hoping it would last a season or two at most, but here we are four years later still going strong. And that is thanks to the incredible support and love from all of you. Davey would never have considered himself worthy of all this, but I can tell you he was more than worthy.

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.

Thank you.
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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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Debbie Hackett
47 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
47 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
54 months ago
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Congratulations for those new pass holders! Nice work!

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Josh Beaudoin
6 months ago

Miss you Daveo - Josh & Trish

GR
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Glenn Robinov
6 months ago

I wanted to...

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Daniel Rubin
6 months ago
$100
Anonymous
6 months ago
$150
Peter Holohan
6 months ago

Merry Christmas ! Always like donating to the cause. God bless !

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Brett Spigelman
6 months ago
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Carolyn and Guilds Hollowell
6 months ago

He is missed, He is loved, He is worthy!

EF
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Ellen Friedman
6 months ago
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6 months ago
Debbie Hackett
47 months ago
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2

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
47 months ago
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1

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
54 months ago
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Congratulations for those new pass holders! Nice work!

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