Bruins alumni raise $32,000 for Crotched Mountain
GREENFIELD - The Boston Bruins Alumni hit the ice to raise $32,000 for Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center's Accessible Sports Program.
The Boston Bruins Alumni laced up their skates on Sunday, Feb. 8 for a game against the Crotched Mountain Wild, a team of employees and friends of the Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, for the fifth Annual Bruins Alumni Classic at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. The game, to benefit Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center's Accessible Recreation and Sports program (CMARS), raised nearly $32,000. CMARS provides hundreds of lessons each year to children and adults with disabilities to safely learn to ski and snowboard, kayak and canoe, cycle and hike and participate in other recreational sports with the support of adaptive equipment and more than 60 trained volunteers.
"For the fifth continuous year, we are very honored to support the CMARS program, which allows children and adults of all abilities to experience the emotional and physical thrill of racing down a ski slope, cycling down a shady lane, paddling a kayak and other recreational activities," said Rick Middleton, Bruins Alumni captain. "We continue to play the Crotched Mountain Wild team every year in this family-friendly event knowing it is for such a great cause. As players, we know how rewarding and invigorating participating in sports can be, and we are thrilled to help others have that experience."
The CMARS program extends its gratitude to all the players who helped to raise these funds and to our corporate sponsors, including premier sponsors: RBC Wealth Management of Nashua, NH; Public Consulting Group; USI New England; and our major sponsors: All Metals Industries, Inc.; Bank of New Hampshire; Clark & Lavey Benefits Solutions, Inc.; Robert J. Devereaux Corporation; RTM Communications, Inc.; Sturm, Ruger and Company, Inc.; Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; Corrections Corporation of America; Dr. Bryan Hoertdoerfer, Hoertdoerfer Dentistry; Holloway Motors; Mosse & Mosse Associates, Inc.; New Boston Pizza; and New England Utility Constructors (Neuco).
"As our most important annual fundraising event, we are very grateful to the fans in attendance who return year after year, members of the Crotched Mountain Wild and the Boston Bruins Alumni for making this such a top notch event," said Geoff Garfinkle, CTRS/L, director of accessible recreation and therapeutic services at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center.
"Over the past five years, this event has raised more than $125,500 for the CMARS program, and has enabled Crotched Mountain to purchase specialized adaptive equipment, provide scholarships, add new programs and expand accessible recreation opportunities for people of all abilities in New Hampshire."
Between the thirty minute halves, players signed autographs and raffle prizes were awarded including autographed sports memorabilia, sporting event tickets and a chance to participate in on-ice games.
"For the past five years, the Bruins Alumni have been wonderfully supportive of our accessible recreation program, and they understand the great health benefits of participating in the CMARS program," stated Donald L. Shumway, president and CEO of Crotched Mountain Foundation. "Their generosity allows us to expand into new and exciting areas of accessible sports such as target shooting, while growing our existing programs to serve more children and adults in the community."
Prior to the puck drop, Miss New Hampshire 2014 Megan Cooley sang the National Anthem and spoke about her recent day-long visit to Crotched Mountain, including participating in an adaptive ski lesson. Former Crotched Mountain Specialty Hospital patient Caleb Amidon of Pepperell, Mass. dropped the ceremonial first puck. Caleb dropped the puck at the first annual Bruins Alumni Classic.
Boston Bruins alumni players included captain Rick Middleton, Bob Sweeney, Andy Brickley and Bob Beers to name a few.