The NC Foundation Pre-Slalom Fund Raiser

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The 15th Annual Nate Chute Banked Slalom and Boardercross presented by Whitefish Mountain Resort and Stumptown Snowboards will kick off March 15th and 16th but the NC Foundation is asking competitors to get involved long before the much anticipated weekend. Using Crowdrise, a crowd sourcing website designed for nonprofits and specifically focused on events like the NY Marathon, the NC Foundation hopes to raise $6000. According to Crowdrise it’s “about giving back, raising lots of money for great causes and having the most fun in the world while doing it.”

“The past two years we have seen great success with fundraising events surrounding the event thanks to our partners; MacKenzie River Pizza Company, The Great Northern Brewery, Whitefish Mountain Resort, The Bierstube, Great Northern Powder Guides and Stumptown Snowboards but this year we want to take it a step further by engaging our passionate group of competitors and asking them to individually fundraise for the foundation prior to the event.” NC Foundation Board Member, Competitor and foundation spokesman Jason Forrest said. “If we can engage just 20 out of our 130 annual competitors to each raise $300 we’ll have met our goal of $6000 through this particular fundraiser.” “We are offering reimbursed entry fee to each competitor that raises $300 or more prior to the event in March.” “We would be thrilled if more competitors joined us in raising funds and helped us exceed our fundraising goal!”

The NC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that focuses its efforts to support the mental health of young people in Montana with the ultimate goal of reducing and eliminating suicide and suicide attempts.

Currently, the NC Foundation supports the Student Assistance Program in the Whitefish School District, Columbia Falls High School and the Youth Suicide Prevention Program.
The Student Assistance Program is designed to provide the opportunity for any student to receive support for issues they may be experiencing. Students take part in the support groups for eight weeks. Group topics include:  friendship, general sharing, substance abuse, divorce, helping students impacted by parental alcoholism and drug use, grief and loss. Each group is facilitated by two trained facilitators, who work with a topic and age appropriate curriculum.  The Student Assistance Program reaches a broad audience of students with services that provide students with skills to deal with difficult issues.
The mission of the Youth Suicide Prevention Program is to decrease the incidence of suicide in children and youth by removing the financial and social barriers to treatment for youth at risk for suicide by developing a network of licensed therapists/counselors to provide immediate mental health services. The sole purpose of the project is to save lives through therapeutic services.

Suicide deaths and attempts are epidemic in Montana.  Consider the following facts.  Montana has ranked in the top five for suicide rates in the nation for the past thirty years.  For 2006, Montana had the 3rd highest suicide rate in the nation. For the period 2000-2006, suicide is the number two cause of death for ages 10-14, adolescents 15-24, and adults ages 25-34. For the period 2000-2007, Flathead County had the third highest number of suicide deaths of all counties in Montana, and ranked above the 80th percentile nationally (21.8 suicide deaths/100,000 people compared to 19.6 for Montana and 10.9 for the nation) (Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services, 2009).
The NC Foundation invites you to take part in this important fundraiser by visiting www.crowdrise.com/natechute to become part of the team of fundraisers or to make a tax deductible donation.

To learn more about the NC Foundation visit www.natechutefoundation.org

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To learn more about the additional fundraising event in March or to register for the 15th Annual Nate Chute Banked Slalom and Boardercross presented by Whitefish Mountain Resort and Stumptown Snowboards please visit the events page at www.skiwhitefish.com