Major event seeks to raise money to provide year-round opportunities for sports, recreation, and wellness for people with disabilities.
Franconia, NH: The Anthem Sunrise Ascent on Mt. Washington, hosted by Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC), will be held on Sunday, August 4th and is closing in on its fundraising goal to support year-round opportunities for sports, recreation, and wellness for people with disabilities. This major event, approaching its 10-year anniversary, challenges adaptive participants with varying degrees and types of disabilities to get to the summit of Mt. Washington, the highest peak in the northeast. This year, 13 adaptive athletes will make the journey to the summit with the support of nearly 300 volunteers who turn out to make this event possible.
Before sunrise on August 4th, Sunrise Ascent teams will head up the Mt. Washington Auto Road with their sights set on climbing the 7.6-mile Mt. Washington Auto Road to the peak at 6,288 feet above sea level. As the Executive Director of ASPNC, Thomas Shovlin, said, “this event truly captures the spirit of adaptive sports and shows what is possible with the right attitude, teamwork, and a whole community behind you.”
The Anthem Sunrise Ascent, supported by its title sponsor, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire, seeks to inspire people with this uplifting and positive event. It also seeks to raise funds to support the mission of ASPNC which is to enrich the quality of life for people with disabilities through year-round opportunities for sports, recreation, and wellness. In all, ASPNC serves nearly 200 people with disabilities annually and conducts about 1,700 different programs throughout the year. ASPNC’s seasonal programs include hiking, biking, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, tennis, bowling, yoga, gardening, alpine skiing and snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, basketball, sled hockey, and more.
The Sunrise Ascent not only creates an amazing experience for the athletes and volunteers participating in the event, but its impact reaches far beyond just one day. By raising nearly one-third of ASPNC’s operating budget, this event is crucial to support the programs that ASPNC runs throughout the year. The main way this event raises money is through the peer-to-peer fundraising campaign in which each team competes to raise the most money and earn the coveted title and recognition of Top Team.
The event aims to raise $62,880 through the peer-to-peer fundraising campaign and also seeks corporate sponsorship. This year’s sponsors include Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Hampshire, Bank of New Hampshire, Eversource Foundation, Noyle Johnson Insurance Agency, FLIR Systems, Franconia Gas, Paramount Electric, The Heinze Group, Turtle Ridge Foundation, New Hampshire Electric Co-op, Little City Thrift Store, Tender Corporation, and Walker Motor Sales.
While registration to be a volunteer is closed for this year, ASPNC is asking for your support in helping them reach their fundraising goal. You can help by donating to a specific athlete’s team or by purchasing raffle tickets, which includes two New England Patriots home game tickets. Donations and the purchase of raffle tickets can be made online at www.sunriseascent.org or by calling the ASPNC office at 603.823.5232.