Well, I will likely only be helping at the base of Grand Targhee Resort — but this Saturday, March 2, is the Mary’s Nipple Challenge to raise money for St. John’s Oncology Fund. This pink-strewn event, started just last year by cancer-fighter Pattie Layser of Alta, encourages skiers and snowshoe-ers to do laps at the ‘Ghee to raise money to help those with cancer right here in the Tetons.
A $50 donation gives you a whole-day’s ski pass; Pattie secured tons of wonderful raffle prizes; and you can purchase bright-pink prayer flags to honor those who either suffer or have succumbed to the “Big C.”
My friend and uber-organizer Janna Rankin (pictured at far left with Linda Borrenpohl last Saturday at Broulim’s) has recruited the members of WHALES, (local women’s hiking group) to volunteer. Do so and you have the chance to wear a cool bright pink scrub gown like they are wearing…. and you can help with time, talent (lots of that of the winter variety around here) or treasure.
Janna says registration will start at 8:30 and go until about 11:30, with activities starting at noon and going ’til 3:30; volunteers are needed to sign folks up, count laps, or her “personal favorite — wherever you’re needed.” If you’re in this last group, join me and just show up on Saturday prepared to have a great day of community service and skiing or snowshoeing at Targhee.
(If you prefer to discuss a specific “assignment,” Janna’s home phone is (307) 353-8569 and her mobile is (208) 351-2100.) Their Saturday fundraising / raffle / prayer flag sales at Broulim’s went well, she reports, and we believe the buzz is out there for everyone in the Valley. They’ve even asked local nonprofits to sport teams to build camaraderie for a cause that, one way or another, has touched us all.
First in another month-long series of blog posts — stay tuned for more March Madness.