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Business makes $7,500 pledge in support of Black Mountain
The staff of Mountain View EyeCare of Rumford.
RUMFORD -- Black Mountain Ski Resort is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter C. Everett, of Mountain View EyeCare of Rumford is pledging to match up to $7,500 of any donation made to “Friends of Black Mountain” through the month of September.
Dr. Everett, Dr. Linda Cameron, and Dr. Will Keyes, as well as many of their staff and families, ski regularly at Black Mountain. Also Dr. Lennie Shaw, who works in the Bethel office of Mountain View Eye teaches in the ski school program on weekends at the mountain.
Dr. Everett considers Black Mountain to be very important to the quality of life in the Rumford area. He feels it is also a draw to other doctors and professionals considering relocating their families to the area, and has committed to participating in this fund raising effort in the hopes that the skiing tradition here can continue for future generations.
"We are very excited and grateful that so many people have generously donated to the survival of Black Mountain," noted Roger Arsenault of the Black Mountain Board of Directors. "Our future was uncertain after the loss of town support and the eventual loss of the Maine Winter Sports Center and the Libra Foundation support."
He said the MWSC made the announcement that the mountain would close. The Black Mountain operating board laid out plans to gather as much support as it could in hopes of proving the mountain’s value to the community, state and to the ski industry while hopefully finding another nonprofit funding partner.
While this search continues, the board has recently voted to open the mountain this year for skiing thanks to the enthusiasm of recent fundraising. Future success will depend on developing and maintaining an operating fund for off season maintenance and unexpected expenses.
Dr. Everett said he is making his pledge with this continued support in mind and is hoping that his colleagues in health care as well as other people in the community will step up for the ongoing ability to operate the mountain. "Of course, we also would benefit from kindness from mother nature with continued good winter sports weather and good skiing snow!"
If you would like to donate toward this matching fund you can do so by going to “Gofundme.com/3eyo8c”, or by stopping at any branch of Franklin Savings Bank, or just mail a check to Franklin Savings Bank made out to “Friends of Black Mountain” by the end of September.