THE VC & its community charities

Winter fitness, the fun of competition, and quality time with family/friends are benefits inimical to VC events. In addition, our crew looks to mentor children and build their self-worth.

We also wanted to extend the benefits of the Vertical Challenge beyond the event itself. That’s why we added a partnership with Make-A-Wish Maine, Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, Make-A-Wish Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports.

We knew families facing critical illnesses and hardship truly need support in their journeys through illness.

Research shows children who have a wish granted build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness, giving them a higher quality of life and better health outcomes. This seemed an ideal fit with our mission, so we embraced Make-A-Wish.

Vermont Adaptive is a nationally recognized organization that empowers people of all abilities through inclusive sports and recreational programming regardless of ability to pay. They serve people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical, and emotional disabilities through sports and more. Their incredible group of volunteers facilitate opportunities across the state.

The VC has always offered adaptive racing categories and we’ve expanded them in recent years to give as many athletes as possible a chance to participate (and win medals). We hope donations from our VC families will enable Vermont Adaptive to assist even more people.

Our Fundraisers

Charity Raffle

At every Vertical Challenge event, we conduct a charity raffle. Our sponsors donate prizes (lots of them) and 100% of the proceeds go to one of the deserving nonprofits with whom we’ve partnered. Just buy a ticket (or several) any time during the day at a VC event and we’ll draw winners at the end of the day in conjunction with our awards.

Kids Helping Kids

We also encourage our young racers to raise funds for nonprofits beyond the day of the tour. We annually recognize everyone who does a fundraiser at their school or elsewhere on stage at the VC Finals. The children learn about empathy and helping others, and they feel a sense of achievement when they make a donation at the tour finals. “Kids helping kids” is the way we like to phrase it.

Life-Changing Prizes

At every event, we set up a table full of incredible prizes donated by our sponsors. Throughout the day, we sell raffle tickets for participants and fans to enter for a chance to win something from the table.
100% of the proceeds that we raise go to the Make-A-Wish chapters in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.


Of kids say their wish was a turning point in their treatment


Our annual fundraising goal – thank you for helping us achieve it!


of doctors say wishes help relieve a family from traumatic stress

Kids Helping Kids

We also encourage our young tour competitors by creating a system by which they can raise money at their hometowns and schools.

Children learn about empathy and helping those who can’t join them at the slopes, and they feel a sense of achievement when they make a donation at the tour finals.

It’s our goal to make sure the VC represents more than just a winter sporting event. We want it to positively affect its participants in ways that will last a lifetime.


Your support can impact a family’s life and give kids with critical illnesses a piece of their childhood back. Reach out to your local chapter today!



If you have any additional questions, please fill out the form. A member of our staff will get back to you right away to clear up all your queries.

    why are you contacting us?