Calling All Volunteers

Help Us Make A Difference In Your Community

Our goal through Hope On The Slopes/Ski & Ride For A Cure (HOTS) is to find a cure for cancer. To that end, we want our participants to have an excellent experience that combines the passion we have for the cause, with the meaningful participation of an enjoyable and healthy day at the mountains with our friends, relatives, and co-workers.

At HOTS, we offer opportunities for volunteers who want to make a meaningful contribution of time, in an area that may be a personal or professional focus or expertise. Here are some examples where a volunteer may be able to have a significant impact:

Retail Ski & Board Shops

Ski and Board Shops are a perfect perfect businesses to connect with family and friends. If you are an owner looking for a business promotion that connects with skiers and boarders in your community, These businesses sell products to customers of ski resorts. Here are some important aspects to consider:

1. A) If we can identify ski and board shop owners and managers who care about the cause we support, and they have a vested business interest in supporting their industry and growing their business, then these business owners and managers can become valuable placeholders for HOTS. To that end, a HOTS volunteer can form relationships with ski and board shop owners and serve as a conduit for those businesses and HOTS by:

  • Introducing HOTS to the business;
  • Placing collateral material (posters, flyers, etc) in stores near each local HOTS event;
  • Work with store owners to develop a marketing campaign promoting HOTS, such as:
    1. An Informational meeting about HOTS;
    2. Perhaps working with a local restaurant or pub;
    3. Show a ski/board movie;

  • Include a silent and/or live auction:
  • Being creative with local retailers and developing unique HOTS promotions;
  • Including mountain management in these promotions;

1. B) Choosing to take on additional responsibility with HOTS by:

  • Coordinating with ski and board shops in other towns and cities nearby to your HOTS event;
  • Identifying volunteers with a similar interest to work together in your HOTS region by forming a committee;
  • Building relationships with volunteers with this same focus at other HOTS event in your region and nationwide:
  • Becoming involved in the development and implementation of this area of support nationwide.

2. Skiers/Boarders, HOTS volunteers, participants who would like to gather their Team, friends, relatives and work associates for a HOTS fundraiser may know the owner of a restaurant or pub who would host the event. If you can make the connection, HOTS will work with the restaurant regarding logistics and promotion.

3. HOTS Sales Team can help you plan:

  • HOTS has connections with Warren Miller Entertainment and Bill Marolt Entertainment can be used for this purpose.
  • HOTS will provide collateral material, brochures, posters, flyers, cards
  • Plan logistics at the restaurant
  • Contact local ski resort management to attend and promote.
  • Contact local ski and board shops to organize their clientele into HOTS fundraising participant teams.

4. Work with local skiing and boarding industry reps to promote

5. Work with local lodging partners for a group rate during your HOTS event

6. Testimonial “We participate in the Breckenridge Hope On The Slopes fundraising event. Last year we had a kick-off event at _______ restaurant and 65 people attended a fantastic evening of good food, friends and family. We raised $1800 which contributed to our Team fundraising goal of $10,000.”

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We’re looking for people that can offer some of their time to help with this mission. Whether you can make a small commitment or a large commitment, we value your time, initiative, and creativity. Please consider a volunteer commitment to Hope On The Slopes. Contact Charlene Piercy @ charlene.piercy@cancer.org or Devin Jenkins @ devin.jenkins@cancer.org.

Below are some more examples of ways to get involved:

Restaurants, Bars, and Pubs

Restaurants are a perfect spot to connect with family and friends. If you are an owner looking for a business promotion that connects with skiers and boarders in your community, Hope On The Slopes may be a perfect solution. Funds raised through HOTS events support the programs of the American Cancer Society.

1. Owners can promote a HOTS event at their restaurant in many ways:

  • As a pre-function to your local Warren Miller movie
  • As a “get excited for the winter!” ski/board promotion
  • Consider a percentage of sales going to the HOTS charity
  • Have volunteers greet and buss tables, in exchange for a percentage to HOTS
  • Have a silent auction, raffle, or other fundraiser
  • Show ski/board movies (need audio-visual equipment capabilities.
  • Promote the fundraising event to your clientele through social media and other forms of promotion
  • Work with local HOTS ski resort to co-promote

2. Skiers/Boarder HOTS volunteer participants who would like to gather their Team, friends, relatives and work associates for a HOTS fundraiser may know the owner of a restaurant or pub who would host the event. If you can make the connection, HOTS will work with the restaurant regarding logistics and promotion.

3. Major Employers may wish to organize an off-site gathering of their skier and boarder employees, families, and friends. Enjoy some time together outside of the office in a social setting, for a worthy cause.

4. HOTS Sales Team can help you plan:

  • HOTS has connections with Warren Miller Entertainment and Bill Marolt Entertainment can be used for this purpose.
  • HOTS will provide collateral material, brochures, posters, flyers, cards
  • Plan logistics at the restaurant
  • Contact local ski resort management to attend and promote.
  • Contact local ski and board shops to organize their clientele into HOTS fundraising participant teams.

5. Testimonial, “We participate in the Breckenridge Hope On The Slopes fundraising event. Last year we had a kick-off event at _______ restaurant and 65 people attended a fantastic evening of good food, friends and family. We raised $1800 which contributed to our Team fundraising goal of $10,000.”

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Students: Start a Team at your School, College, or University

Organize Teams of up to ten participants. Multiple teams within a school can compete against each other for top funds raised and vertical feet. Contact your friends at other schools to form a friendly competition as well. Students can raise funds to support HOTS and the American Cancer Society through various activities. Advanced education and future employers place high regard for students who show an interest and participate in community service.

1. Organize bake sales, car washes, and ask your friends and relatives to support your efforts in the fight against cancer.

2. Host a ski/board movie at your school or house party and ask for donations (Contact Charlene Piercy for information). Sell tickets in advance.

3. 18 or older, or in conjunction with parents—work with a local restaurant to host a silent auction and view a movie. Many restaurants offer a percentage of the evenings revenues to go a worthy non-profit charity cause

4. Set up a table at school or on campus and ask passers-by to donate and dedicate a flag (supplied by HOTS) to be placed in remembrance of a friend or relative.

5. Ask your local ski/board shop or business if you can set up a table to create awareness of cancer and support your fundraising efforts. Ask the ski/board shop if they will form a team as well.

6. HOTS Sales Team can help you plan:

  • HOTS has connections with Warren Miller Entertainment and Bill Marolt Entertainment can be used for this purpose.
  • HOTS will provide collateral material, brochures, posters, flyers, cards
  • Plan logistics at the restaurant venue
  • Contact local ski resort management to attend and promote.
  • Work with local lodging partners for a group rate during your HOTS event

Businesses and Employers

Send an email to employees to make them aware of Hope On The Slopes and the American Cancer Society

1. Form one or more team(s) to fund raise and compete during the day of the event.

2. Post HOTS information, posters, flyers around the office and in the break room

3. Employees can sell a remembrance flag for a $5 donation to co-workers who don’t ski or board, or can’t make the HOTS event.

4. Request an experienced HOTS participant (within your company, or outside of your company) to make a HOTS presentation

5. Consider hosting a movie.

  • As a pre-function to your local Warren Miller movie
  • As a “get excited for the winter!” ski/board promotion
  • Sell tickets as part of the fundraiser.
  • Use your conference room or the presentation venue, or contact a local restaurant or pub to co-promote.
  • Consider a percentage of sales going to the HOTS charity
  • Have a silent auction, raffle, or other fundraiser
  • Promote the fundraising event to your clientele through social media and other forms of promotion
  • Work with local HOTS ski resort to co-promote

6. Skiers/Boarder, HOTS volunteers, participants who would like to gather their Team, friends, relatives and work associates for a HOTS fundraiser may know the owner of a restaurant or pub who would host the event. If you can make the connection, HOTS will work with the restaurant regarding logistics and promotion.

7. Major Employers may wish to organize an off-site gathering of their skier and boarder employees, families, and friends. Enjoy some time together outside of the office in a social setting, for a worthy cause.

8. HOTS Sales Team can help you plan:

  • HOTS has connections with Warren Miller Entertainment and Bill Marolt Entertainment can be used for this purpose.
  • HOTS will provide collateral material, brochures, posters, flyers, cards
  • Plan logistics at the restaurant
  • Contact local ski resort management to attend and promote.
  • Contact local ski and board shops to organize their clientele into HOTS fundraising participant teams.
  • Work with local lodging partners for a group rate during your HOTS event

9. Invite a coworker/survivor to give a testimonial

Country Clubs

Many skiers and boarders are members of golf clubs or active golfers. During the winter, these clubs often organize mid-week and weekend ski busses for adults.

1. Send an email to members to make them aware of Hope On The Slopes and the American Cancer Society

  • Form one or more team to fundraise and compete during the day of the event.
  • Post HOTS information, posters, flyers around the clubhouse
  • Sell a remembrance flag for a $5 donation to members who don’t ski or board, or can’t make the HOTS event.
  • Request an experienced HOTS participant to make a HOTS presentation

2. Consider hosting a movie.

  • At your clubs facilities
  • As a pre-function to your local Warren Miller movie
  • As a “get excited for the winter!” ski/board promotion
  • Sell tickets as part of the fundraiser. The funds raised support HOTS and the ACS.
  • If the club has a restaurant, consider a HOTS night with a percentage of sales going to the HOTS charity
  • Have a silent auction, raffle, or other fundraiser
  • Promote the fundraising event to your members through social media and other forms of promotion
  • Work with local HOTS ski resort to co-promote

3. HOTS Sales Team can help you plan:

  • HOTS has connections with Warren Miller Entertainment and Bill Marolt Entertainment can be used for this purpose.
  • HOTS will provide collateral material, brochures, posters, flyers, cards
  • Plan logistics at the restaurant
  • Contact local ski resort management to attend and promote.
  • Contact local ski and board shops to organize their clientele into HOTS fundraising participant teams.
  • Work with local lodging partners for a group rate during your HOTS event

Churches, Associations, and Clubs

Churches, Associations, and clubs of all sorts have members that ski or board.

1. Send an email to members to make them aware of Hope On The Slopes and the American Cancer Society.

2. Form one or more teams to fundraise and compete during the day of the event.

3. Post HOTS information, posters, flyers around the church or facility.

4. Sell a remembrance flag for a $5 donation to members who don’t ski or board, or can’t make the HOTS event.

5. Request an experienced HOTS participant to make a HOTS presentation.

6. Consider hosting a movie.

  • At your church or organization’s facilities. If you don’t have a facility suitable for presentations, contact a local restaurant to see if they are interested in hosting your group.
  • As a pre-function to your local Warren Miller movie
  • As a “get excited for the winter!” ski/board promotion
  • Sell tickets as part of the fundraiser. The funds raised support HOTS and the ACS.
  • Consider a HOTS night with a percentage of sales going to the HOTS charity
  • Have a silent auction, raffle, or other fundraiser
  • Promote the fundraising event to your members through social media and other forms of promotion
  • Work with local HOTS ski resort to co-promote

7. HOTS Sales Team can help you plan:

  • HOTS has connections with Warren Miller Entertainment and Bill Marolt Entertainment can be used for this purpose.
  • HOTS will provide collateral material, brochures, posters, flyers, cards
  • Plan logistics at the restaurant
  • Contact local ski resort management to attend and promote.
  • Contact local ski and board shops to organize their clientele into HOTS fundraising participant teams.
  • Work with local lodging partners for a group rate during your HOTS event

Ski and Board Clubs

Ski and Board Clubs such as the Far West Ski Association, Schnee Vogeli, Skiyente, Etc.

1. Send an email to members to make them aware of Hope On The Slopes and the American Cancer Society.

2. Form one or more teams to fundraise and compete during the day of the event.

3. Post HOTS information, posters, flyers around your club meeting place, cabin, or facility

4. Sell a remembrance flag for a $5 donation to members and friends who can’t make the HOTS event.

5. Request an experienced HOTS participant to make a HOTS presentation

6. Consider hosting a movie.

  • At your clubs meeting place, cabin or facility. If you don’t have a facility suitable for presentations, contact a local restaurant to see if they are interested in hosting your group.
  • As a pre-function to your local Warren Miller movie
  • As a “get excited for the winter!” ski/board promotion
  • Sell tickets as part of the fundraiser. The funds raised support HOTS and the ACS.
  • Consider a HOTS night with a percentage of sales going to the HOTS charity
  • Have a silent auction, raffle, or other fundraiser
  • Promote the fundraising event to your members through social media and other forms of promotion
  • Work with local HOTS ski resort to co-promote

7. HOTS Sales Team can help you plan:

  • HOTS has connections with Warren Miller Entertainment and Bill Marolt Entertainment can be used for this purpose.
  • HOTS will provide collateral material, brochures, posters, flyers, cards
  • Plan logistics at the restaurant
  • Contact local ski resort management to attend and promote.
  • Contact local ski and board shops to organize their clientele into HOTS fundraising participant teams.
  • Work with local lodging partners for a group rate during your HOTS event

Silent Auction

Organize a silent auction in your community.

1. Promote and work with local ski and board shops, clubs, colleges, schools, and local business, to generate awareness of Hope On The Slopes and the American Cancer Society and to provide auction items. Bring your used and old ski equipment and clothes and place as auction items.

2. Attendees may come dressed in ski and board clothes (rather than the traditional black tie and dress.

3. Offer awards for oldest ski clothes, rarest equipment worn, etc. Have fun with the ideas.

4. Post HOTS information, posters, flyers, banners, etc.

5. Sell a remembrance flag for a $5 donation to attendees and friends who can’t make the HOTS auction.

6. Request an experienced HOTS participant to make a HOTS presentation

7. Consider hosting a movie as part of the auction:

  • As a “get excited for the winter!” ski/board promotion and auction.
  • Sell tickets as part of the fundraiser. The funds raised support HOTS and the ACS.
  • Promote the social media and other forms of promotion.
  • Work with local HOTS ski resort to co-promote.

8.HOTS Sales Team can help you plan:

  • HOTS has connections with Warren Miller Entertainment and Bill Marolt Entertainment can be used for this purpose.
  • HOTS will provide collateral material, brochures, posters, flyers, cards, etc.
  • Plan logistics at the restaurant.
  • Contact local ski resort management to attend and promote.
  • Contact local ski and board shops to organize their clientele into HOTS fundraising participant teams.
  • Work with local lodging partners for a group rate during your HOTS event.
  • HOTS will provide a HOTS presentation video and presentation.