Everyone is Invited to Celebrate
Challenge Mountain’s 40th Anniversary!

Anniversary Party
Tuesday, June 18, 2024
4 – 7pm
Challenge Mountain Resale Store

Refreshments, Hot Dogs, In-store Surprises

 

 

Challenge Mountain continues its 40th-year celebration with an Anniversary Party at the Challenge Mountain Resale Store on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, from 4 – 7pm. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 4:30pm.

Open to all, guests at the Resale Store will enjoy refreshments and hot dogs outdoors with surprise shopping deals inside. “We’re excited to celebrate this monumental year,” shares Staci Payton, Resale Store Manager.

Challenge Mountain’s adaptive recreational programming is designed for children, youth and adults with cognitive, physical and developmental disabilities. Beginning with winter activities in 1984, Challenge Mountain has grown to include a wide range of four-season activities, including adaptive skiing and biking, nature and cultural activities, art programs, and equine therapy. Last year alone, programs provided over 2,200 experiences for fun, friendship and personal growth, all at little to no cost to participants due to strategic fundraising efforts.

While fundraising comes from a combination of individual donations, grants and special events, the bulk of revenue — and a major funding source overall — comes from the Challenge Mountain Resale Store with sales covering 60% of organization’s expenses. (Of significant note: 100% of all monetary donations to the organization are applied directly to programming.)

Resale Store operations, begun in 1986, have grown steadily over the decades and now occupy a 10,000 sq. ft. building on Boyne Avenue (M-75) in Boyne City.

By applying retail best practices and relying on a small army of dedicated volunteers, the Resale Store benefits from a circular economic model, keeping donated products — and dollars — within the community, resulting in a particularly robust bottom line. In fact, the store has shown an 11% average growth rate annually since moving to the current location in 2016.

The strong Resale Store volunteer model recorded over 55 individuals accumulating over 10,000 volunteer hours in 2023 alone. Volunteers accept and sort donations, stock racks and shelves, create displays, assist shoppers, and tidy the store.

The Resale Store offers a vast array of gently used clothing for all ages, plus jewelry, collectibles, home goods, books, furniture, and much more. “One of my favorite aspects of working at Challenge Mountain Resale Store is the circle of life for our merchandise. Items that may otherwise go into the landfill come into our store, are sorted through, and are marketed out on our sales floor to find a new home and purpose in life,” expresses Alaina Farrington, Resale Store Assistant Manager.

 

About the June 18th event, Payton adds, “We are looking forward to welcoming the community on Tuesday to celebrate with us. It’s an exciting time for the organization, and everyone from shoppers to donors, from volunteers to Board of Directors members, should be proud of this significant accomplishment and the impact we have made on the lives of so many living with disabilities.”

For information about donation opportunities, or to learn more about Challenge Mountain, visit challengemtn.org or call 231.582.1186.

Discover more about Challenge Mountain Resale Store at challengemtn.org/resalestore or by calling 231.582.6966. Shop Monday thru Saturday, from 9:30am to 5:30pm. Gently used donations are accepted from 9:30am on Tuesdays and Fridays. Find the Resale Store at 1100 Boyne Avenue, Boyne City, MI 49712.

HISTORICAL PHOTOS & NEWS CLIPPINGS…
from early days at “The Closet” in Boyne Falls, Michigan.

 

 

ABOUT CHALLENGE MOUNTAIN

Challenge Mountain is a non-profit 501c3 organization with Tax ID 38-2563815.

Started in 1984, Challenge Mountain removes barriers and supports social inclusion through adaptive recreation for children, youth and adults living with physical and cognitive disabilities. Activities include adaptive skiing and biking, nature and cultural activities, art programs, equine therapy and numerous other life-enriching programs.

 

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