Spearhead Society offers hut nights, swag to donors
Crowd-sourced fundraising campaign aims to raise $100,00 by February 1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2017
Whistler, B.C. – Donors to the Spearhead Hut Society have a chance to secure their legacy as the inaugural adventurers to spend a night in the first modern alpine hut to grace the iconic 40 km Spearhead Traverse.
Along with pre-reserved nights at Russet Lake’s Kees & Claire Memorial Hut, the Society and its partners are offering gear from Arc’teryx, limited edition prints of the Spearhead Range by photographer Robin O’Neill and guided backcountry trips as incentives to donors who back their crowd-sourced fundraising drive.
The Indiegogo campaign, which wraps up on February 1, aims to raise $100,000 – the last of the $1.3 million funding that, combined with some volunteer labour and in-kind materials/service donations, is required to break ground on the first of three huts this June. It will augment a transformational gift of almost $900,000 from the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation, $150,000 from the Resort Municipality of Whistler and other private donations.
“We know we have a huge grassroots base of support from the outdoor community,” said Andre Charland, the Society’s fundraising lead. “We are asking these supporters to jump on board over the next couple of weeks and get us past the finish line so we can open the doors to the first hut a year from now.”
BC Parks granted the Spearhead Huts project final approval last February after receiving overwhelming support from the public, Lil’wat First Nations and the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
Once the Russet hut is complete, construction will begin on the Mt. Pattison and Mt. Macbeth structures. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $4.5 million. Each of the three environmentally sustainable huts will provide summer and winter travelers with exceptional opportunities to explore and visit some of the most picturesque and dramatic terrain in the mountains adjacent to the Whistler resorts.
Beyond the Indiegogo campain, the Spearhead Huts Society also proudly became a registered charity in mid December, and can now offer tax receipts for direct donations made outside of the crowd-funding campaign.
For more information, visit www.spearheadhuts.org or go to the crowd-sourced funding page at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/whistler-spearhead-huts-project#/.