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Skiing for a Cause: Team Gart competes for Craig in Vail Ski Challenge

February 09, 2014

Craig Hospital CEO Mike Fordyce and Medical Director of Research Dan Lammertse are conquering the mountains to raise money for Craig programs.

The Craig duo have joined the Gart Family team for the 2013 -2014 Vail Ski Challenge, aseason-long competition presented by Vail Resorts. The effort, now in its third year, is designed to raise awareness and resources for Colorado charities, and create greater connections among civic and business leaders in Colorado.

Each team of six earns points for completing various challenges, including skiing at each of the 26 ski resorts around the world associated who accept Vail Resort’s Epic Pass. In addition, teams have the opportunity to earn 2,500 bonus points by raising $5000 for the benefiting organization. The final component of the contest is a social media challenge, which awards team score points based on the number of likes/votes that each team receives on the designated Vail Ski Challenge Facebook Voting Page up to a cap of 2,000 votes/team points.

Team Gart includes captain John Gart, his brother Ken, Tom Gart, Alex Gart, Fordyce and Lammertse.

“It is an honor to compete for Craig Hospital through the Vail Ski Challenge,” says John Gart. “Our father was a patient there more than 20 years ago, and Craig remains very special to our family.”

The team will divide up the skiing responsibilities, with Fordyce and Lammertse in charge of visiting Keystone, Breckenridge, Arapahoe Basin, and Eldora.

“I love to ski and Team Gart made me an offer I couldn’t refuse—to have some fun and compete for the benefit of Craig at the same time,” says Lammertse.

After the season closes on April 11, 2014, the top three teams will earn a cash prize for their designated charity. The top team will receive $100,000, second place receives $65,000 and the third place team will receive $40,000.

You can help Team Gart/Craig Hospital dominate the Vail Social Media Challenge in just three easy steps!

  1. Like Vail Resorts on Facebook.
  2. Click on the “Vail Ski Challenge” graphic under the cover image.
  3. Vote for Team Gart/Craig Hospital.

Be sure to come back and vote every 24 hours!