Another year and another group of avid ski, snowboard and Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (CHaD) enthusiasts kicked off the winter season at the sold-out CHaD Warren Miller Film Screening. Nearly 1,000 people attended the fundraiser at The Palace Theatre on Sunday, November 11 to raise money for CHaD.
This year’s film—Face of Winter—paid homage to the late Miller, who died in January while filming of his 69th feature was taking place. This year’s production was once again a dazzling worldwide trek with breathtaking vistas, candid interviews, and amazing feats of skiing and riding skills.
Attendees were once again treated to what makes CHaD’s showing of the Warren Miller film truly unique. First, early arrivers attended an awesome pre-party at one of the event’s biggest supporters, The Shaskeen on Elm Street. Then, they were introduced to the Spotlight Room, the stunning new event facility operated by The Palace Theatre.
In the Spotlight Room, they received their goodie bags stuffed with tons of items, including some of the best mountains in the area—Waterville Valley, Pats Peak, Burke Mountain, McIntyre, Gunstock, Sugar Bush and the four hills of Peak Resorts (Attitash, Crotched Mountain, Wildcat and Mount Snow).
After meeting some of the reps from the mountains and then bidding on some outstanding silent auction items—Atomic skis, Specialized mountain bike, New England Patriots club tickets among many, many more—guests headed next door into the theater for the main attraction.
The pre-show atmosphere was charged up with emcee and event committee leader Mike Martin energizing the crowd with CHaD patients, cancer survivors and winter sports nuts Cam Marshall and Avery Forestall. Together, they encouraged the audience to put their Hearts in Action by finding new ways to support CHaD with family and friends.
A sold-out, raucous crowd is just one element to the fundraising for this show. Sponsors play a huge role in financially supporting the event but also driving awareness and attracting attendees each year. Once again, Ken Jones Ski Mart stepped up as the presenting sponsor while also working with their vendors to bring huge auction items into the Spotlight Room. CHaD is so grateful for the enthusiasm they provide for CHaD.
The mountains that provide tickets for the attendees display an unwavering support of CHaD, in particular McIntyre Ski Area which crafted and donated a ski lift chair for this year’s raffle and displayed an authentic snowmaking machine to dress up the event’s entrance. Additional thanks are due to AutoFair for sending one fan home with a new roof ski rack and to the donors who provided more than 70 silent auction items including apparel, restaurant passes, sports and event tickets, and much more.
Lastly, thanks to the organizing committee, led by Martin, who has been involved in the event for all 21 years, as well as the numerous volunteers that made this spectacular event a great success! Mark your calendar for next year’s film on November 10, 2019.