Vt. Adaptive Opens New Home At Pico, Open House Saturday

November 8, 2013

in Killington,News

$1.3 Million Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge at Pico Mountain Slated to Open with Ribbon Cutting Nov. 8 and Public Open House Nov.9
New Home for Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and the Pico Ski Education Foundation showcases a new program room for adaptive sports, state offices for year-­round adaptive programming and accessible function and training space for athletes of all (dis)abilities

KILLINGTON, Vt. (Oct. 15, 2013) – Officials from Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports and the Pico Ski Education Foundation will officially open the doors to their new home, the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge at Pico Mountain, with a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. An open house will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a wine and cheese celebration at 4 p.m. Volunteers, athletes, local residents, state and local officials, donors, and the general public are invited to attend these events, which will showcase this first-­of-­its‐kind in Vermont, state-­of-­the-­art facility.

Vermont Adaptive is the largest non-­profit organization in Vermont to offer daily, year-­‐round adaptive sports programs throughout the state to people with disabilities. The Pico Ski Education Foundation is an alpine ski racing non-­‐profit dedicated to providing young athletes with the resources to pursue their dreams. The two organizations partnered in 2011 to build this new facility at Pico Mountain to address their missions while fulfilling organizational growth needs.

“The outpouring of support for creating this facility has been amazing,” said Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive. “We can’t even begin to thank everyone who has been involved in the project. We have not quite reached our fundraising goal yet and still need help and donations, but we are making progress on the last $150,000 every day. Most importantly, though, it’s the athletes who will benefit from that generosity and support. Sports are for every body. This building symbolizes that and will provide a training outlet and playground for those athletes to pursue their dreams, whatever those may be.”

The $1.3 million, 6,000 sq. ft. multi-‐use building is located between the existing Pico Ski Club building and the Pico Base Lodge and is connected to both buildings via outdoor balconies and decks on the second floor. The building is specifically designed by N·∙B·∙F Architects of Rutland for participants in Vermont Adaptive’s programs, providing easy accessibility for all, regardless of one’s disability. An elevator connects the first and second floors. Naylor & Breen Builders, Inc., of Brandon, directed construction management.

Connections to the world of ski racing abound in the building including the building’s name, the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge, in honor of the Olympic champion and Pico Mountain skiing legend. The “Access

for All” elevator and foyer is named in honor of U.S. Paralympian Champion Sarah Will, who also hails from Pico and is a Pico Ski Club alumnus. The Turtle Ridge Foundation, founded by Olympic and World Champion Bode Miller, his sister Kyla and family, has donated $100,000 to the building. The first floor of the building is named the Turtle Ridge Center, home of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports.

In addition to the above, other leadership donors have given to many of areas in the building: including The Gibney Family Foundation, Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation, the Vermont Country Store, the University of Vermont Adaptive Club, Karl and June Acker, the family of Nan P. Frymoyer, Dick and Sheila Morse and Family, friends and family members of Pico Ski Club veteran Coach Greg McClallen, and friends and family members of Madi Jaurique.

More than $900,000 has been raised in donations and pledges in about a year and a half. Approximately
$150,000 still needs to be raised to complete the fundraising aspect of the project. All donations and pledges made before Nov. 10 will be recognized on the exterior donor wall plaques at the entrance to the building. Leadership donations of $500, $1,000 or more also will be recognized with individual plaques in the donor lobby on the second floor of the lodge.

To donate or to inquire on other naming opportunities, contact Fernandez at 802.353.8129 or director@vermontadaptive.org. To make a secure donation online or to download a pledge sheet, visit www.vermontadaptive.org.


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