Montage Mountain scene of fundraiser

Last updated: February 09. 2014 11:17PM - 1785 Views
By Ralph Nardone Times Leader Correspondent

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MOOSIC — When avid snowboarder Brent Evans from Plains Township fought bedridden against cancer in 2010 he dreamed of getting a chance to get back on his board. He also wanted to organize a fundraising charity to fight the disease that made him so ill.

Now cancer-free, he realized that dream on Sunday when he hosted the first “Carve for Cancer” event at Montage Mountain Resort.

Each lift ticket purchaser provided a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well as enjoyed a long list of festivities such as the “railjam” exhibition, live music, drink specials and a perfect day for enjoying the mountain, Evans said.

The event raised about $5,000, according to the resort.

Evans thanked the his family, friends and girlfriend, Kaitlin Fitzgerald from Clarks Summit, for helping him get what he called a “totally grassroots” effort off the ground.

Sarah Farrell, director sales and marketing at Montage Mountain Resort, said Evans approached the new management at the resort this past summer. She said the company was happy to support “some of its own” because Evans and Fitzgerald worked at the mountain as well as frequented it as avid snowboarders.

“We liked his idea and his passion,” Farrell said. The resort saw the opportunity to “give back” and “support the community for a great cause,” she added.

She said the resort seeks to help charitable organizations raise funds and is working with many local non-profits. A variety of upcoming charitable fundraisers are slated for the next few weeks, she said.

Fitzgerald lauded Evans for his strength while fighting lymphoma and making a comeback.

His willingness to fight against cancer motivated her, many friends and family members, and a group of local business sponsors to participate, she said.

Farrell said the great conditions, the weather and the activities made for a fun day for everyone.

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