I would like to take a minute a THANK everyone who donated to our online campaign. The skiing community showed how important Bigrock is the region. We reached our online goal of $30,000 last night. With that being said there is still a lot of work to do and money to raise. The goal is to raise $150,000 by mid-September to keep the ski area operational for the upcoming season and a total of $300,000 to help transition the ski area to a community based skiing model over the next 3 years.
Under the new operating model the ski area will be soliciting more volunteer help, implementing a new pricing structure that will be competitive with surrounding ski areas, and we will be working aggressively to reduce operating costs. The new operating model will also include at least two fundraising events per year and the addition of snow tubing in the 2014/2015 ski season.
Less than 1 day left to reach our goal! We are so close, lets get finish this campaign off with a bang! GO BIG!! You have until 1:00 pm on Thursday to donate, we only need $1,410 to reach our online campaign goal. Lets do this.
We are down to our final days of our online fundraising campaign. We are only$3745.00 short of our goal! If you have been thinking of donating now is the time. Remember all donation up to $30,000 are being matched. Who is going to be the donor that puts this campaign over the top?
FRIENDS OF BIGROCK ANNOUNCE MATCHING DONATIONS
With only ten days left to reach their goal of $30,000 on www.gofundme.com/save-BigrockMountain website, the Friends of Bigrock was thrilled to find out that two groups have stepped up with matching donations totaling $7,500. Thompson-Hamel, LLC of Presque Isle pledged $2,500, and an anonymous donor committed $5,000 to match dollar for dollar, up to the next $7,500, on the group's website. "The generosity of the people in the area continue to amaze us," said Bill Getman, General Manager of Bigrock Mountain, "having Thompson-Hamel, and the other group, step up the way they did, will allow us to surpass our goal in the next ten days." Getman added.
"Bigrock is a tremendous regional asset and it is our pleasure to assist in creating a sustainable community based model that will provide opportunities to our region for years to come," said Brian Hamel Managing Partner of Thompson-Hamel LLC. To date, The Friends of Bigrock has received commitments for over $80,000 to date, towards their total goal of $150,000. "Every day we find ourselves a little closer to reaching our fundraising goal, and developing a model that we think will keep Bigrock open for years to come. The thoughtfulness of these matching donations will have a huge impact on our fundraising." Said Getman. "Our fundraising continues to go well, and we are thankful to those that have already donated."
Donations can be made at the Bigrock fund raising website, for the next ten days, at www.gofundme.com/save-BigrockMountain . Thompson-Hamel LLC, and The Friends of Bigrock encourage you to join their journey.
COUNTY SUPER SPUDS AND BRENNAN FARMS LIMITED JOIN THE FREINDS OF BIGROCK
The fundraising efforts to keep Bigrock Mountain open continues to gain momentum, as two businesses have stepped forward with significant pledges, and the desire to assist with the fundraising. "Today, Darrell McCrum, of County Super Spuds, and Andy Brennan, of Brennan Farms Limited, informed us that they were pledging $10,000 each, to help keep Bigrock open" said Bill Getman, General Manager of Bigrock Mountain. "Not only have they come forward with this great news, but they are also committed in helping us reach our stated goal of $150,000," added Getman.
"Letting Bigrock Mountain close was not an option for us," said Darrell McCrum. "It means so much to the area, and all the memories of skiing there, made it difficult not to get involved," added McCrum.
"To date, the friends of Bigrock website has raised almost $20,000. With Darrell and Andy's announcement, and the other pledges that have been secured, Bigrock has raised almost $80,000,"said Getman. "Each day more good news comes to us, and we are confident that our goal will be met, and open for business this winter."
Donations can be made at the Bigrock fund raising website, www.gofundme.com/save-BigrockMountain . The Friends of Bigrock encourage you to join their journey.
HUBER ENGINEERED WOODS BECOMES FRIEND OF BIGROCK
On Friday, August 16th, Huber Engineered Woods LLC of Easton, Maine, informed the Friends of Bigrock their intention of donating $5000, to be used as a challenge donation fund. The Huber commitment will match, dollar for dollar, any donation made starting Sunday August 18th, up to five thousand dollars. Donations can be made at the Bigrock fund raising website, www.gofundme.com/save-BigrockMountain .
"Helping to keep Bigrock ski area open is not only vital to the area, we view it as an integral part of our employee wellness program" stated Tammie Fletcher, Office Manager of Huber Engineered Woods. "Huber has always been a strong supporter of the Bigrock Mountain. Huber has donated supplies, sponsored a corporate free ski night, and this is just another example of their generosity and commitment to the area," said Bill Getman, General Manager of Bigrock. "Our fund raising has really started to get traction, and we think this will be one of many exciting announcements that will be made as we move toward reopening Bigrock," Getman added.
The Friends of Bigrock was created shortly after Maine Winter Sports Center made their announcement that they would close Bigrock on August 6th. Their goal is to assist with raising a minimum of $150,000 that will be needed to open the Mountain this winter. On Wednesday, August 14th, over 100 people attended a town hall meeting at the Bigrock Mountain lodge that was used as a forum to inform the public of the status of the Mountain, and to solicit ideas and support. The Friends of Bigrock has raised over $16,000 to date.
The Friends of Bigrock, and Huber encourage you to join their journey.
It is clear from the response to the site the past few days that the mountain means a lot to a lot of people. Thank you for all of your wishes and especially for your contributions.
Here are some of the questions we've been asked and we wanted to try to answer:
One of the things we keep hearing is the thought that the town of Mars Hill will take over the mountain and that the Bigrock will inevitably open next season. It is really important that people understand that there are no plans for the town of Mars Hill to take ownership of Bigrock and WITHOUT A STRONG FUNDRAISING EFFORT FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY BIGROCK WILL NOT OPEN THIS SEASON.
We will need to raise $150,000 by mid-September to open. That will have to come from a number of efforts, including this on-line campaign. We are also in conversations with people interested in placing matching donations and we know that together, we can make this happen.
The mountain has made so much progress and we are on the right track to being sustainable, now is not the time to let it close. Please give generously and help ensure Bigrock Mountain will be around for generations to come.
Thank You to everyone who has donated so far! To everyone who has visited this page please consider donating to this worthy cause. We are 10% of the way there, but we still have a long way to go. Bigrock Mountain means so much to the town of Mars Hill and Aroostook County. Please help us keep this ski area open.
At 980 feet of vertical, Bigrock Mountain in Mars Hill, Maine is the tallest ski area in northern Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. The Maine Winter Sports Center has owned the mountain since 1999 and with Libra Foundation, has invested over $6 million in upgrades to the facility since then.
We also have a new business model that focuses on making skiing accessible to everyone. We are committed to keeping skiing affordable to the region.
The Maine Winter Sports Center announced this morning that it will step away from its support for Bigrock Mountain, as it did in Rumford with Black Mountain. The western Maine community was able to raise the money to keep Black Mountain open and we are looking to northern Maine and western New Brunswick to help us do the same with Bigrock Mountain.
Please give generously, knowing that your donations will be tax deductable. You should also know that in the event we don't reach our goal, your donation will be returned, but Bigrock is too important to too many people and failure is not an option.