Annual Colton ski event raises $1,055 for Hospice
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Presenting Kellie Hitchman of Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley with the proceeds of the 2013 Ski and Snowshoe-a-thon are Colton- Pierrepont National Honor Society Treasurer Kieran Perry and President Sabrina Johnson. Other member of the NHS are, front, Sara Guiney and Andrew Jenkins; back, from left, Vice President Noah Whalen, Nick Avery, Bruce Avery, Andrea Aldous, Scott Boyce, and Secretary Kathryn Miller.

COLTON -- The Colton- Pierrepont National Honor Society’s annual Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe-a-thon at Higley Flow State Park this winter raised $1,055 to benefit Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.

Together with their advisor, Melinda Miller, the students work to organize the event, promote it to the school and community and gather refreshments from local businesses.

Their goal is to raise money to support the work Hospice does in the community. Hospice Director of Development and Community Relations Brad Catling said “The students at Colton- Pierrepont have done a great job organizing this event for quite some time. In recent years, lack of snow has been a bit of a challenge, but the students and participants are great sports about it. Instead of skiing or snowshoeing, it’s a nice winter hike, the trails at Higley are great, and everyone always enjoys themselves.”

Many local businesses made donations of food and other products to ensure that participants had a selection of refreshments during the event: Wal-Mart of Potsdam, Freihoffer's Bakery of Canton, Kinney Drugs of Maple St. Potsdam, Price Chopper of Canton and Potsdam, Stewart's Shop of Potsdam, Chip's Place of Hanawa Falls, Kunoco Food Mart of Colton and Jeff Bristol.

“Fundraisers like this are very important to helping our work continue” said Catling. “This generosity allows us to provide extra services that help us maintain the dignity and comfort of our patients and ensure that their loved ones have the support they need. We are very grateful for the students of Colton-Pierrepont for organizing this benefit and to the community for their continuous support.