How a ski team raises money for brain injury awareness

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 20, 2010 11:33 am

PORTSMOUTH — The One Sky Ski Gulls, a Seacoast ski team (in New Hampshire), will take to the slopes Saturday, Jan. 23, to raise money for the Brain Injury Association of New Hampshire.

Competing against two dozen teams at Bretton Woods, the gulls will aim to raise the most money by in the 7th annual Vertical Challenge. Formerly called the Seacoast Ski Gulls, the team raised the second and third largest amounts in previous years.

The gulls are employees of One Sky Community Services of Portsmouth: Jacob Guyotte, Martha Fenn King, Karen McLaughlin and Kathy McGowen. One Sky Community Services, is a private, nonprofit agency that contracts with the state of New Hampshire to assist people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain disorders to live as independently as possible in their local communities.

Last year, the Vertical Challenge raised more than $20,000, with the Ski Gulls raising $1,900. This year, One Sky Community Services’ board of directors voted to match all contributions to the Ski Gulls up to $2,500. Deadline for contributions is Friday, Jan. 22.

The Vertical Challenge helps support more than 5,000 state residents with acquired brain disorders and stroke. Contributions to the Ski Gulls should be made out to The Brain Injury Association of NH and dropped off to a team member at One Sky Community Services, 755 Banfield Road, Suite 3, Portsmouth, NH 03801.