From Pat Cappelaere who represented the Wings for Val Foundation at the 100K Vertical Challenge skiing fundraising event for Two Top Adaptive Sports Foundation on Monday Feb 29th at WhiteTail Resort, PA.
7:30AM Security brief and here we go to the slopes. Team LT Valerie Cappelaere Delaney had 5 starters Gary Cox, Russ Coleman, Andrea Phipps, Lisa Dargos and myself. We had some major wind, a little rain and finally some sun. Conditions were far from ideal but still ten times better from last year with zero visibility and freezing rain.
Rules were changed this year and we could all go simultaneously to ski our collective 100,000 vertical feet goal. This was certainly more fun. We lost half the crew before we could even take a group picture at the top of the mountain… too much anxiety, I guess 🙂
It was great to see so many warriors and disabled skiers compete with us this year. What an inspiration!
The team was outstanding. We finished first place, skiing a collective 100,000 vertical feet in less than 3 hours.
We were also the top fund raiser with $12,300 (tally not complete so you can still donate).
This was really awesome. The total raised for the event is $61,853 so the team raised about 20% of the money with the support of the Wing For Val Foundation. That’s two years in a row! This year was a challenge due to such a short season .
Last year, the Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation provided 850 lessons to disabled athletes during the winter and summer. Over 575 of these lessons were to disabled veterans and family members. This year, more than 10 gold star family members were also included thanks to W4V. Next year, we will also like to see many service dogs from the Warrior Canine Connection.
Many thanks to Mission BBQ for the outstanding dinner they provided to the teams and the many volunteers that came to help. Thank you to the sponsors, West Pharma, Volvo Construction Equipment and Leidos for sponsoring the event and participating as teams.
Thank you to the Travis Manion Foundation for their support as well.
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Notice the head bands! We wore them all day long.