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Bode Miller’s Foundation donates $100K to Vt. Adaptive and AML Lodge

KILLINGTON - On Friday, Oct. 11, Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, announced a partnership with the Turtle Ridge Foundation, in which the Foundation has donated $100,000 to the organization's new permanent state headquarters at Pico Mountain.

The first floor of the Andrea Mead Lawrence Lodge at Pico Mountain, will be named the Turtle Ridge Center, home of Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports. The Turtle Ridge Foundation, founded in 2005 by Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion Bode Miller and his family, is a non-profit organization supporting adaptive and youth sports programs.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the Turtle Ridge Foundation, Bode, and his sister, Kyla," said Fernandez. "Having support from a foundation such as this is instrumental in providing world-class sports and recreation to our clients. We believe this generous donation is just the beginning of a great partnership that will fulfill both of our organization's missions."

Consistent with their family values of one human being helping another, Bode, Kyla and the Miller family created the foundation to provide a voice to people and organizations that empower individuals to solve difficult environmental protection issues and to offer the opportunity for adaptive and able-bodied youth to participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities that would not be available to them without the foundation's help.

"Donating these funds to Vermont Adaptive's new home will allow people with disabilities to enjoy skiing as much as our family does," said Kyla Miller, executive director and operations manager for the Turtle Ridge Foundation. "As Bode always says, our challenge as individuals is to make a conscious decision to do good for others or to do nothing; choices define us as individuals. We are looking forward to working more with Vermont Adaptive to enrich the lives of others."

In the Spring of 2011, Vermont Adaptive partnered with the Pico Ski Education Foundation, a youth skiing non-profit dedicated to providing young athletes with the resources to pursue their dreams, to build a shared facility which includes a permanent home for Vermont Adaptive's state headquarters and the first year-round adaptive sports center in Vermont. Vermont Adaptive currently uses space provided by Pico Mountain for its programming and state headquarters.

The collaborative partnership between Vermont Adaptive and the Pico Ski Education Foundation brings opportunities to this dynamic, 6,000 sq. ft. multi-use building. Located between the existing Pico Ski Club building and the Pico Base Lodge, the $1.3 million facility will connect 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 will connect the first and second floors.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont offering the most diverse program opportunities and unique, specialized equipment.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility will be held on Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. followed by a public open house on Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Both organizations will be in the building for the start of the 2013-2014 winter season. More details about these events will be announced in the next few weeks.

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