Last minute efforts to save Black Mountain Ski Resort

6:22 PM, Jul 11, 2013   |    comments
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RUMFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Two weeks ago, it looked like Rumford would be losing its ski resort.

Black Mountain's owner, nonprofit Maine Winter Sports, announced it was losing too much money. Rumford voters decided against giving the resort more than $50,000 in funding.

"Two weeks ago, I had to make a very difficult announcement here about the Maine Winter Sports Center needing to back away from Black Mountain," said President Andy Shepard.

A lot has changed since then.

"These last two weeks have been absolutely remarkable, inspiring, humbling," said Shepard.

Since that announcement, more than $75,000 has been donated to help reach Black Mountain's $150,000 goal.

The resort has 20 days to come up with the money, or Shepard says he needs to have his nonprofit walk away.

On Thursday, another turn of events made those fundraising goals seem much more attainable.

Bangor Savings Bank has made a $25,000 matching challenge.

"We will help keep Black Mountain open for Rumford, and open for Maine," said Yellow Light Breen, Executive Vice President of Bangor Savings Bank.

Donations can be made at or at any Bangor Savings Branch.

A group of pre-teens are behind an upcoming 5K to benefit Black Mountain. For more information on the August fundraising event, visit the 5K website.



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