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Killington Resort gives $300,000

Killington Resort gave $300,000 in cash and in-kind charitable donations through its Play Forever corporate responsibility commitment in 2022.

Beneficiaries of Killington Resort’s donations included a wide variety of causes ranging from global interests such as the American Red Cross’s Ukrainian war relief efforts to hyper local efforts such as installing a new ice rink at the Killington Recreation Center.

“The generous donation from Killington/Pico Ski Resort covered more than half the cost of the ice rink,” said Griffin Van Niel, the program coordinator for Killington Department of Parks and Recreation, referring to the gift from the resort. “Because of this donation, Killington Parks and Recreation can offer more programs in the winter and provide the community another way to enjoy the winter season for years to come.”

Rutland Area Robotics, a high school group teaching technology skills to local students, was another one of the local groups who received a donation from the Play Forever fund this year.

“We truly appreciate the money given to us,” said Rutland Robotics Mentor Scott McCalla. “It takes a lot to make this program happen, we are competing with teams sponsored by NASA.”

In one of the largest single donations of the year, Killington Resort pledged $40,000 to become the presenting sponsor of Come Alive Outside’s mobile passport app.

“The Play Forever Fund and Come Alive Outside have much synergy around ensuring that children and adults have the access and opportunity to experience the feel-good benefits of nature now and in the future,” said Arwen Turner, executive director of Come Alive Outside.

Additional 2022 beneficiaries include: Vermont Adaptive, Killington Mountain School, Pico Ski Club, Vermont Ski & Ride Museum, Town of Killington Rec Dept, Change the World Kids, Mount Holly Parent Teacher Student Association, Vermont Youth Conservation Corps, Teen Challenge, Rutland Mental Health Services, Chaffee Art Center, Girls on the Run of Vermont, Inc.

“At Killington Resort, we’re proud to pledge a percentage of our profits each year towards organizations doing great things for our community,” said Killington President and General Manager Mike Solimano. “The Killington area is such a wonderful place largely because of the efforts of these groups, and it just feels right to be involved in making sure they can achieve their goals.”

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