Special Fundraising Initiatives
Steel Donor Plaque
"Buy a Chair, Get a Lift"
The Ragged Mountain Recreation Area Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was formed in 1991 to support infrastructure improvements at the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area. This organization is managing the fundraising for the project. (Donations to this project are tax deductible.) During the summer of 2009 a triple chairlift came on the market that will perfectly fit the needs and the budget of this project so the Foundation went ahead and purchased the lift with the intent of eventually donating it to the Town of Camden. But the purchase and shipping costs are only a small percentage of the cost of putting the lift on the mountain, so the "Buy a Chair, Get a Lift" campaign was launched. For a donation of $10,000 or more individuals, families, or businesses will have their generous donation recognized with a plaque on one of the new chairs on the lift. When all the chairs are sponsored, the cost of the lift will be covered.
"A Special Friend and a Special Opportunity"
There is a very special person in our community who's caring nature, kindness, and commitment to the community is truly inspirational. This person is now experiencing a most difficult time in her life - one that would cause most people to become discouraged. But being true to herself this determined individual continues to have an indomitable spirit. She loves to ski, hike and snowshoe, grew up in Camden, and continues to be a strong advocate for this project. The Ragged Mountain Recreation Area Foundation's Capital Campaign Committee wishes to name the Great Room in the new Ragged Mountain Lodge in honor of Sara Montgomery. The goal is to raise more than $500,000 in Sara's honor toward the completion of the $4.5 million fundraising campaign.
Please also consider making a donation in memory of the following individuals:
Jeff Kuller's Memorial
David Montgomery Memorial
Donation cards are available at the Snow Bowl lodge. Multi-year pledges are welcomed, as are gifts of appreciated securities. Gifts of any amount are encouraged. This project will benefit families throughout the mid-coast region and beyond for several generations. Please consider making a generous donation today. Donations may also be sent directly to the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area Foundation, PO Box 438, Camden, ME 04843. For further information about large gifts, multi-year pledges, gifts of securities, and bequests, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Redevelopment Plans for the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area
WHERE WE STAND:
Fundraising efforts have continued to move forward. The capital campaign now stands at $3.7 million raised and pledged! The push this winter is to continue to identify sponsors for 100 chairs in the "Fund a Chair, Get a Lift" campaign, which has already had 40 families and businesses pledge $10,000 each to sponsor a chair on the new lift. The other key focus is the "Sara's Room" campaign to raise $500,000 to name the great room in the new lodge in honor of Sara Montgomery, a beloved friend of the Snow Bowl and the entire mid-coast community. Now is a critical time for everyone who has thought about making a donation to make the commitment as we move into the final phase of raising a total of $4.5 million in private donations. If the momentum continues there is a good chance Camden voters could decide on the bond issue next November and the project could move forward beginning next spring 2014.
Redevelopment Plans for Viewing and Download
A new four-season lodge is the central component of a planned $6.5 million redevelopment of the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area. Other changes include improved road and trail access, parking, utility infrastructure, and improvements to the ski operations such as new lifts, an expanded beginner area and additional snowmaking. $4.5 million is being sought through private donations and grants, and the Town of Camden is expected to vote on a $2 million bond to bring the total to $6.5 million.
Below are various documents that describe the design of the project, the rationale for redeveloping the recreation area, and the plan to insure its sustainability for the next few generations. Additional information and sketches will be added to this site as they become available.
Sustainability Plan and Projected Future Budgets for the Redeveloped Recreation Area:
Redevelopment Project Costs:
Site Plans and Renderings:
Lodge Plans and Model Views:
Lodge model view #3
Horizons Engineering Reports and Recommendations on Ski Area Operations:
Ski Area Concept Plan 8/20/2008
Long Range Feasibility Report Dec 2006
The Ragged Mountain Recreation Area Foundation and the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area Redevelopment Committee are dedicated to developing an all-season facility at the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area that will serve the community, utilize our natural resources, and serve as a catalyst for expanded economic opportunities. Click below to download RMRAF brochure.
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As the redevelopment project progresses in upcoming months public presentations will be made to show the plans and explain the status of the project. Please join our electronic newsletter list to hear about those upcoming presentations and to learn how you can get involved and contribute to the project. The link to the newsletter is on the left side of this webpage.