The Boston Bruins Alumni and Crotched Mountain Wild, a team of employees and friends of Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, recently played the Seventh Annual Bruins Alumni Classic in front of more than 500 spectators at Saint Anselm College in Manchester. The game, to benefit Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center’s Accessible Recreation and Sports program (CMARS), raised more than $42,000.
CMARS provides numerous opportunities for sport and recreation and hundreds of lessons each year to children and adults with disabilities. Through CMARS, people ski and snowboard, swim, kayak and canoe, cycle and hike and participate in other recreational sports with the support of adaptive equipment and more than 60 trained volunteers.
“We are pleased to support Crotched Mountain and the CMARS program,” said Rick Middleton, president, Boston Bruins Alumni Association. “We’ve been doing this event for seven years, which I think is the longest-running event for us, and we are happy to do it – Crotched Mountain is a special organization doing great work.”
Prior to the puck drop, 16-year-old Christopher Duffley of Manchester performed a stirring acapella rendition of the national anthem. Christopher, who is blind and has autism, has performed the anthem at Fenway Park and other venues across the country.
Karly, a student at Crotched Mountain School, dropped the ceremonial puck with Erik Leger of the Crotched Mountain Wild, and Bruins legend Terry O’Reilly of the Bruins Alumni team. Karly has PURA or Purine-rich Element-binding Protein A Syndrome, which is a rare and recently-identified genetic condition. Karly is an avid skier who participates in the CMARS adaptive ski program.
Miss New Hampshire, Caroline Carter, of Dover also made a special pre-game appearance.
“The Bruins Alumni Classic is our largest annual fundraiser, and we are very grateful to the fans who support the event, our sponsors and members of the Crotched Mountain Wild and the Boston Bruins Alumni for making this such a fun experience for everyone,” said Geoff Garfinkle, CTRS/L, director of accessible recreation and therapeutic services at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center. “This was our seventh annual event, and it has now raised nearly $250,000 for CMARS, which enables Crotched Mountain to purchase specialized adaptive equipment, provide scholarships, add new programs and expand accessible recreation opportunities for people of all abilities in New Hampshire.”
The CMARS program extends its gratitude to all the players who helped to raise funds and to the many generous sponsors that supported the event.