Sep 12, 2022
Maine ski resort teaming up with local non-profits to offer season passes to qualifying local students

Sunday River, in Partnership with the River Fund Maine, Announces Free Season Pass Program for Local Kids

NEWRY, MAINE (September 12, 2022)—The River Fund Maine, a 501(c)3 non-profit in the Sunday River region, announced today a new season pass scholarship program for local area students in collaboration with Sunday River Resort and the Sunday River Ski & Snowboard Club.

Students in MSAD 44, MSAD 17, and RSU 10 can apply for the Community Access Pass through an application on the River Fund’s website. Students must meet certain economic qualifiers to apply; further details about the criteria are available on the pass application. Students have until November 15 to apply for the program.

This pass will offer daily access to the Sunday River slopes, and also comes with a complimentary membership to the Sunday River Ski and Snowboard Club, another local 501(c)3 non-profit with the primary goal of providing financial and human resources support to local competitive athletes, as well as hosting numerous social activities throughout the season.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of this program,” says Dana Bullen, president of Sunday River. “Sunday River would not be the resort we are today without the community around us. We’re grateful to be working in partnership with the River Fund and the Ski & Snowboard Club to bring this program to life.”

“Growing up in Rumford, I know firsthand how important outdoor recreation is for young people in this region,” notes River Fund Maine Executive Director Noah Tanguay-Collins. “A program like this that increases accessibility to recreation will make a big difference in the lives of Maine kids.”

The River Fund Maine was founded in 2018 with the goal of creating educational and recreational experiences that can change lives. By granting high-impact scholarships, facilitating creative problem-solving workshops, and supporting community outreach projects, TRFM focuses on collaborating as a community to build a bright future for youth. A new initiative of the fund, Maine West Project Play – an Aspen Institute Base Site – aims to increase accessibility to recreation. MWPP provides four seasons of youth programming with a core emphasis of physical literary, sport sampling, and high-quality coaching relationships that give equal weight to social and emotional development.

About Sunday River Resort: Sunday River Resort is located minutes from picturesque Bethel Village in western Maine's Mahoosuc Mountains. A true four-season destination, Sunday River offers eight interconnected peaks of world-class skiing and snowboarding, an 18-hole golf course at the Sunday River Golf Club, two resort hotels and an inn, and numerous events throughout the year. Sunday River is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions.

About the River Fund Maine: The River Fund Maine (TRFM) is an independent 501(c)3 that evolved from the Sunday River Community Fund with a newly defined focus of supporting youth. It seeks to unite a diversified community—comprised of businesses, residents, second homeowners and visitors to the Mahoosuc region and the towns of Bethel and Newry, Maine—to support the unlimited potential of youth through education and recreation. TRFM develops initiatives, educational and scholarship programs and provides the region with increased opportunities for recreation. Governed by an engaged board of directors with day-to-day operations managed by its executive director, The River Fund Maine empowers its community.

About the Sunday River Ski and Snowboard Club: The Sunday River Ski & Snowboard Club, founded in 1992, is a 501(c)3 non-profit snowsports educational foundation located in Bethel, Maine. The primary role of SRSSC is to provide support, both financial and human resources, to improve the overall experience of the athletes engaged in competitive training programs at Sunday River Ski Resort through the Gould Academy Competition Program. Over the years we have expanded our reach to include the Bethel community and surrounding area supporting other community improvements and needs.


Media Contact: Abby Borron, Communications Manager