Feb. 12—Hundreds of Granite State snowmobilers gathered over the weekend in Shelburne, NH, at the Town & Country Motor Inn to celebrate the 50th Annual Ride-In to benefit Easterseals Camp Sno-Mo located in Gilmanton Iron Works.
Through statewide fundraising efforts throughout the year, such as spaghetti suppers and bake sales, local snowmobile clubs raised $161,384 bringing the 50-year grand total to more than $3.6 million dollars. This money will be used to create life-changing experiences for campers, ages 11-21, with disabilities and special needs. Easterseals campers inclusively participate alongside Boy Scouts in a wide variety of activities including water sports, team sports, hiking, archery, a ropes course and crafts.
"I'm amazed at the number of snowmobile volunteers that make the Ride-In possible. The clubs fundraise all year to make summer camp obtainable for the campers. On behalf of the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association, we thank the clubs for their ongoing support during the celebration of our 50th anniversary," said NHSA President Chris Runnals.
"We are grateful to the NHSA clubs and riders for their continued support of Camp Sno-Mo," said Maureen Beauregard, Easterseals New Hampshire President and CEO. "We congratulate you on hitting a tremendous fundraising milestone this year with your 50th Ride-In to benefit Easterseals. Our campers and their families directly benefit from your generosity."
This year's NHSA Ride-In Awards were presented to:
—Longest Distance Traveled Total: Bill Bolton, Weare Winter Wanderers, Weare
—Largest Club Participation: Scrub Oak Scamblers, Madison
—Youngest Trail Rider: Ashley Dentremont
—Oldest Participant: Charlie Kurtz, of the Umbagog Snowmobile Association, Errol
Easterseals NH proudly serves more than 23,000 children and adults throughout the state. For over 84 years, they have provided exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
Founded in 1969, the New Hampshire Snowmobile Association (NHSA) is an association of independently incorporated snowmobile clubs, working together as a unified voice to promote fun outdoor family recreation. Clubs volunteers groom and maintain the almost 7,000 miles of snowmobile trails throughout the State and help drive the winter tourism industry. For more information, please call 603-273-0220 or visit nhsa.com.