What’s better than closing out the season at Copper Mountain than skiing and giving back? Truckee, CA-based non-profit organization High Fives Foundation held its 3rd annual Retro Shred-A-Thon last Sunday, April 15, to a rousing success, achieving its fundraising goal of $30,000, which will be used as grants to athletes recovering from major injuries, such as spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries. Peep the recap video, above, and continue reading for the full press release.
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Frisco, Colo. April 22, 2018 — With a fresh coat of snow, Copper skiers and snowboarders’ spirits were high in their quest to raise funds for their favorite Tahoe-based non-profit.
The 3rd Annual Retro Shred-a-Thon was presented by Colorado-based brand Phunkshun Wear on Copper Mountain Resort’s infamous lift, American Eagle. Participants spent the day skiing with friends, while raising funds for the High Fives Foundation, a national non-profit organization based in Truckee, Calif. that rewards grants to athletes recovering from major injuries, such as spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries.
The concept of the Retro Shred-a-Thon is plain and simple – Have FUN! Participants skied fun laps dawning neon one-piece snow suits, throwback goggles, straight skis and other retro attire. Smiles, laughter and high fives were the theme for the day.
“I’ve attended and supported every Retro Shred-a-Thon since the beginning,” says High Fives supporter Greg Hydle. “The event brings together some of Colorado’s finest individuals for a fun-filled day on the hill!”
Prior to the event, all participants were encouraged to reach out to their networks to seek pledges and donations. All funds raised go directly to The High Fives Foundation and their efforts to support mountain sports athletes that have suffered life-altering injuries.
Over 50 skiers and snowboarders participated in the event, and 12 High Fives Athletes (grant recipients) were in attendance to show their support. Many of the Athletes in attendance were patients at Englewood, Colorado’s Craig Hospital; long-time partner of the Foundation.
“The Retro Shred-a-Thon is such a fun event, and one of my favorite ski days of the year for my family and I,” says Jake Manley, Marketing and Media Services Manager at Craig Hospital. “To see 12 High Fives Athletes out there supporting and shredding at Copper was a true testament to the amazing work that High Fives does.”