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Hit the slopes to help Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Helena and Great Falls

Posted at 1:10 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 15:10:55-05

GREAT FALLS — Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Helena and Great Falls is getting ready to hit the slopes with its first ever Ski For Kids’ Sake event. The organization is hoping the success of its annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake can carry over to the ski hill.

Ski For Kids’ Sake will be held in February at Great Divide, Showdown, and Teton Pass Ski Areas. Skiers can track their stats and take part in some challenges for great prizes.

“During this time of social distancing we can all be outside on a blue-sky day skiing and raising money for a great cause,” said Jesse Mahugh, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena and Great Falls President and CEO.

“It’s a peer-to-peer fundraiser so you go out and ask your neighbors, your co-workers, your family to help sponsor and donate to the cause," said Kelly McDermott, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena and Great Falls Development Director. “If you’re not comfortable with that you just do a flat donation, we’re looking for a minimum of one hundred dollars per person to participate in the event.”

“One of the challenges we’re working on is a vertical challenge, who can log the most vertical in one day,” said Mahugh. “We’re also looking at who skis the most miles, who skis the most days. Who raises the most money and then we also have a costume challenge, who has the best looks out on the slope.”

“You ski on your own time. You have 28 days to ski in February,” said McDermott. “You can get out as much as you want. You can go with your family; you can go alone, whatever your comfort level is.”

Mahugh says despite the pandemic, Big Brothers Big Sisters is doing well but the agency can always use more “bigs” to give at least an hour of their time a week.

For more information or to register, click here to visit the website.