42nd Easter Seals Ride-In offers fun for a good cause
By Debra Thornblad
Special to the Union Leader | February 09. 2014 7:06PM
Gov. Maggie Hassan poses with Easter Seals volunteers at the 42nd annual Easter Seals Ride-In event this weekend in Gorham. (Debra Thornblad Photo)
Several rode on snowmobiles behind N.H. Fish and Game officers. A couple of ski-boos, similar to those pulled behind bicycles, were provided for children who needed them.
Throughout the morning, snowmobiles came and went, some accessing the trail behind the Town and Country, and others enjoying a ride down Gorham's Main Street. The town had laid a track of snow for snowmobilers between the sidewalk and road. Later Saturday afternoon, a torch- light costume parade was held along that trail.
Fish and Game Capt. John Wimsatt said this has been a successful partnership between Fish and Game, the N.H. Bureau of Trails, the N.H. Snowmobile Association and Easter Seals for decades.
This event is the sole fundraiser for Camp Sno-Mo and has been successful for years, Wimsatt said. Located in Gilmanton Iron Works, Camp Sno-Mo allows children and young adults with disabilities and special needs, ages 11-21, to inclusively participate alongside Boy Scouts in a variety of activities, including water sports, team sports, hiking, archery, a ropes course and crafts. The campers explore new adventures, develop confidence, discover new abilities, make connections and build friendships. The yearly proceeds from the Ride-In allow more than 100 children to attend camp.
Manchester child picked
Each year the event chooses an Easter Seals host family, Mike Cormier of Easter Seals said. This year it's the Mead family of Manchester, parents Kelly and Mike and children Carter and Chase. Carter is the Easter Seals representative child this year.