Save the Date: May 15, 2014
Dinner and a Movie Night
On Thursday, May 15, 2014 at The Colonial Theater in Bethlehem, NH, Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC) will be hosting a screening of HARK, Inc.’s documentary film, Hope on the Horizon: An Expedition for ALS. HARK, a non-profit organization, was formed by Donna Dourney York in memory of her father, Charlie “HARK” Dourney, after he lost his battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2009. (Click on the Hope on the Horizon logo to learn more about HARK.)
HARK is on a mission to share the real story of ALS and to provide a network of compassionate resources for families. This moving film does just that by following four hikers, including the filmmaker, who set out to summit all of New Hampshire’s 48 “4000 footers” in a single trip on foot. Two completed the journey, and reached the 48th summit in 25 days to raise awareness and funding for ALS patients and their families.
This film has a special connection to the ASPNC community as it includes a hike to the 4,080 foot summit of Cannon Mountain with ASPNC participant, Martin Wallem, his wife Cara, and a group of 20 ASPNC volunteers. Josh Valentine, the Hope on the Horizon expedition leader, is excited to bring the finished product back to our community, and the Wallems have graciously accepted an invitation to speak of their experiences prior to the showing. All proceeds from this movie night will go towards the purchase of a Trailrider for ASPNC.
A Trailrider is a one wheeled hiking chair that is used in the film for the Cannon Mountain hike with Martin Wallem. ASPNC utilizes trailriders frequently when hiking and snowshoeing with people with limited mobility. ASPNC has access to rent or borrow 4 trailriders through collaboration with New England Disabled Sports, Northeast Passage, and Profile School. We are grateful for these partnerships, but there is a need for more. Currently there are 5 individuals hoping to participate in this year’s Sunrise Ascent on Mount Washington, ASPNC’s annual fundraising hike up the Mount Washington Auto Road. Each of these individuals will require the use of a Trailrider in order to participate.
Hope on the Horizon is not just about ALS. It is about facing life’s challenges with courage and overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds each day. The documentary will bring viewers a firsthand view of two sets of challenges simultaneously. The challenges of negotiating the fragile beauty and rugged terrain of the White Mountains serves as a compelling backdrop to show true challenges and hardships faced by ALS victims and their loved ones in dealing with this devastating disease. Please join us on Thursday, May 15th, to raise awareness about ALS, to raise funds for APSNC’s new trailrider, and to feel what it is to be part of the ASPNC community.
Before the movie, Dine for Adaptive at one of three local restaurants. Either bring your ticket or mention that you are Dining for Adaptive so that portion of your bill will benefit the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.
Then after the movie, enjoy a complimentary sundae bar sponsored by Slick’s Ice Cream and the Healthy Rhino.