March 16, 2017PLYMOUTH — Due to a lack of snow on the cross country ski trails last Saturday morning, the annual Ski for Heat fundraiser was cancelled. Undaunted organizer Sam Ebner, a junior at Plymouth Regional High School, said, however, that he hopes he can still raise money for the Keep the Heat On organization.
The Ski for Heat cross country race was begun in 2015 by Ebner's older brother Chris as a fundraiser for the area's heating assistance program. At that time, he was able to raise a little more than $1,000 for the nonprofit organization. When Chris graduated from high school, Sam stepped up to keep the event going but a lack of snow ended in a cancellation of the 2016 race and sadly, the same thing happened this year.
"If only this big snow storm was coming a week earlier, we would have been all set," Ebner said last Friday. "I think that maybe I'll try to find an earlier weekend for the race next year, when there might be better conditions out on the trails."
He hopes people who had planned on taking part in Ski for Heat, along with others who are willing to support the nonprofit program, will still support the cause however.
Keep the Heat On was started over a decade ago to assist residents from local communities with home fuel expenses. They receive no federal funding and therefore rely on donations and fundraisers like Ski For Heat to assist them with the program.
Ebner was disappointed with the cancellation but is hopeful he can still raise some much-needed funds for the organization.
"Thank you all for your willingness to participate, and I hope to see everyone next year at Ski for Heat," Ebner said. "In the meantime, please continue your support for Keep the Heat on by mailing in a donation, or you can give them to me and I'll pass it along."
Ebner said checks made out to Keep the Heat On may be mailed to the Plymouth Area Community Closet at 5 Main Street, Plymouth, N.H. 03264, with "Ski for Heat" noted on the memo line.