Another successful Telus Winter Classic weekend

Fundraiser brings in more than $190K for Sea to Sky non-profit groups

It was another record year for the Telus Winter Classic, with the 19th annual Whistler Blackcomb (WB) Foundation fundraiser bringing out more ski teams than ever before.

More than $190,000 was raised over the two days of on-mountain and evening events, which ran Friday and Saturday (Jan. 27 and 28). Proceeds will be distributed to registered non-profit charities in the Sea to Sky, with applications currently being accepted for the next intake of funding.

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Mei McCurdy, executive director of the WB Foundation, said the support from corporate and community supporters "continues to be phenomenal."

"It is a true testament to the heart of our community," she said in a press release. "This year we had record team participation, and as always both our evening events were sold out.

"I would especially like to thank all of our volunteers and the Whistler Blackcomb mountain staff who continue to go above and beyond to make this event possible."

This year's Telus Winter Classic resulted in a slightly lower fundraising total than 2011, when a record $240,00 was raised. However, McCurdy pointed out that a single, one-off donation of $60,000 was received last year. Not including that donation, this year's total of $190,000 would have been an all-time high.

The weekend of events started Friday with ski teams spending the day with WB ski pros. That evening was the Whistler Winetastic, hosted by sponsored venue the Westin Resort and Spa. In addition to wine tastings, guests were treated to food by Ric's Grill, the Bearfoot Bistro, Sidecut and the Aubergine Grill. The Ali Milner Trio and special guest, 15-year-old Whistler local, Sydney Jackson provided the live entertainment.

Saturday was the Thornhill Real Estate Group Match Your Time Race Classic with teams and individual skiers battling for prizes. The Fastest Team winners were Allard Contractors members Marty Allard, Miranda Foord, Patrick Allard and Jordan Crump, while Team Fun, made up of Dave Krasny, Michael Hutchison, Donna Hutchison and Maureen Harriman, won for guessing closest to their actual run time. Foord also picked up the Fastest Female prize, while Rob Cook from Amdocs was named Fastest Male.

The weekend was capped off by the Cisco Winter WhiteOut Gala at the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain. Attendees were wowed by an aerial artist, stilt walkers, marionette puppets, WhiteOut-themed go-go girls and other costumed characters and performers, while the Famous Players Band had people dancing well into the night.

The deadline for the next round of WB Foundation funding is April 1. Visit www.whistlerblackcombfoundation.com or call 604-938-7321 for more info.

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