Pictured from left to right are Steve Paccagnan

A raffle for the first run at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort held a raffle to see who would get the first ride up the gondola in support the Golden Food Bank.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort held a raffle to see who would get the first ride up the gondola in support the Golden Food Bank.

This year the winner was John Stark from Calgary who brought out five of his friends to enjoy the first run down the mountain this year.

In total $1,078 was raised for the food bank.

Barb Davies, Director of the Golden Food Bank Society, stressed how important a donation like this is to the group.

“It is very meaningful and significant. I have been working with the events co-ordinator at the resort, and the ski hill has really been showing support for the food bank. It has been a great way to connect with the local community.”

On hand for the presentation was President of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Steve Paccagnan. He said the raffle was a great success for many reasons.

“It was for the first ride up of the official start of the winter season. It was for the first group of eight to go up in the gondola and make the first tracks. All of the proceeds from that went to the Golden Food Bank,” he said.

Overall he was also very happy with the money raised and was thankful to the community and skiers who donated to the effort.

“It is a strong ski community. They are quite charitable and into giving. They are motivated to go skiing and to have the chance to be on the first ride up and make the first tracks is great. How could you not be motivated for such a good cause?”

Davies wanted to thank all of the people who took part and organized the raffle.

“A big thanks to the community for all of the support that they give the food bank through Kicking Horse Mountain Resort,” she said.

Anyone interested in learning more or volunteering  at the Golden Food Bank can call (250) 344-2113 or go to www.goldenfoodbank.ca.

To learn more about what is happening at the resort go to www.kickinghorsemountainresort.com.