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Countdown to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Forehands Host Hugely Successful Freeski, Snowboard Fundraiser

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
October, 14 2021
Freeski, Snowboard Fundraiser
Carlie Gnoza (left), Tristan Fienberg, Alex Hall, Hunter Henderson, Cody LaPlante, coach Dave Euler, and Mac Forehand, were among the athletes and staff on hand for the Freeski and Snowboard Team fundraiser in Winhall, Vermont on Oct. 9, 2021.

Winhall, Vermont was a busy place this past Saturday as the community and beyond came together to rally behind the U.S. Freeski and Snowboard Teams by raising more than $100,000 at their first-ever in-person fundraiser.  

Hosted by Ray and Ann Marie Forehand, parents of U.S. Freeski slopestyle athlete Mac Forehand, this incredible event was full of fans and supporters alike creating a fun-filled, lively atmosphere. There was delicious food and live music by local favorite, The Lustre Kings.  

“What an amazing night celebrating the future stars of U.S. Freeski and Snowboard!”, said Freeski legend and master of ceremonies for the evening, Tom Wallisch. “The Forehands hosted a party for the ages, and it was so nice to catch up in person with legends of the sports!” Former U.S. Snowboard team members and Olympic gold medalists, Kelly Clark and Ross Powers were also in attendance and spoke about their experiences on the Team and the growth of their sport. 

Through ticket purchases, generous donations, a silent auction, and a raffle for VIP tickets to the Mammoth Grand Prix, the funds raised will help offset the costs of the upcoming season for both the rookie and pro teams. Several of the benefitting freeski athletes, including Forehand, Alex Hall, Cody LaPlante, Grace Henderson, Hunter Henderson, Caroline Claire, Charlie Gnoza, and Tristan Feinberg were able to attend before they returned to Europe in preparation for a big upcoming season with World Championships as well as the 2022 Winter Olympics on the horizon. The group’s other freeski teammates and snowboard counterparts were training overseas but supported the efforts from afar.  

Receiving no government funding, these athletes count on supporters to help provide them the resources they need to achieve their dreams — and represent America on and off the mountain. If you are interested in learning more about or donating to the athletes of the U.S. Freeski and U.S. Snowboard Teams, click HERE.