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Killington community plans fundraiser for injured student

Benefit for Killington native Max Elles set for April 7 at The Foundry

Max Elles is a Vermont native with a passion for the outdoors. A sophomore at UVM, Max was born, raised and educated in the resort town of Killington, a close-knit community where skiing and riding is often more than a lifestyle - it's a living.  Such is the case for Max's parents, Bill and Coral Elles - longtime owners of the First Stop Ski Ship and The Board Barn. In Killington, like so many of Vermont's small towns, the community takes care of its own.

On Dec. 27 of last year, Max Elles sustained a very serious spine injury while riding with friends at Killington. He had two major surgeries at Dartmouth Hitchcock, and then moved to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, where he spent a month undergoing a program of very challenging rehab. Elles is now home and is continuing his rehab at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor. Fortunately for Elles, there is no paralysis, but he is learning to walk again and has a very long road to recovery ahead.

On Sunday April 7, the community will come together in support of Elles at a benefit event. The Max Elles Benefit will be held from 4-8 p.m. at The Foundry at Summit Pond. Donations will be accepted at the door, and the event will include hors d'oeuvres, live music, a silent auction, balloon prizes, a raffle, and magic by local favorite Steve Finer. Prizes include a 2013-2014 Killington 7-Day Blackout Pass, a Snow Cat Ride, skis and ski gear, and more.

Event organizer and family friend Nancy Schmitt-Mosher reports a tremendous outpouring of support from the Killington, Bridgewater and Woodstock communities. "We are so fortunate to live in a community filled with such kind and caring people. The response has been overwhelming."

Max Elles attended Sherburne Elementary School, Woodstock High School, and spent four winter seasons at Killington Mountain School. He competed competitively for many years, twice placing second in the USSA Nationals and also competing in the NORAM series.

Formerly the site of the Grist Mill Restaurant, The Foundry at Summit Pond is located on the Killington Road in Killington, Vt. For more information, call (802) 422-3035.