The Phoenix at Sunday River to Host 4th Annual Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Film Festival This Weekend

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The 4th Annual Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (MAS) Film Festival will take place this weekend at the Phoenix located at the bast of Sunday River ski resort. This early season gathering of food, raffles, and ski films not only create excitement for the skiers and snowboarders in the room, but also raises money for the non-profit.

Their roots go much deeper than just the volunteers. The entire community comes together to support..."

The 4th Annual Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation (MAS) Film Festival will take place this weekend at the Phoenix located at the bast of Sunday River ski resort. This early season gathering of food, raffles, and ski films not only create excitement for the skiers and snowboarders in the room, but also raises money for the non-profit.

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation relies on events like the Film Festival to raise money for their cause. The Newry-based non-profit is one of the largest year-round adaptive recreation programs in the nation for both children and adults with permanent physical disabilities. Last year, the Film Festival raised over $1000. With great early season success at Sunday River thanks to their snowmaking efforts, MAS is hoping for a greater turnout.

The doors open at 5:30pm on Saturday, December 1 for a social gathering, silent auction, and raffle ticket purchases. At 6:30pm the amatuer films are played on the Phoenix's drop-down big screen. "It's always fun to watch local skiers and riders put together their shots from last season and display them on the big screen," states Shelley Bowen, Director of Marketing for the Phoenix. "Everyone gets their piece of fame and a little extra stoked for the season ahead."

The featured films include "Continue," an Adaptive Sports Film and "Living Tiny," produced by Right On Brother.

"The Phoenix is proud to work with such a strong non-profit," states Gordon Breidenbach, the General Manager for the Phoenix. "Their roots go much deeper than just the volunteers. The entire community comes together to support them. They always have."

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. There will be appetizers and beverages available. All ages are welcomed.

ABOUT MAINE ADAPTIVE SPORTS & RECREATION

Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, formerly called Maine Handicapped Skiing, was founded at Sunday River in 1982 as a nonprofit provider of adaptive skiing and riding lessons, and has since grown to become one of the largest year-round adaptive recreation programs in the nation. The organization’s mission is to serve children and adults with permanent physical disabilities. All Maine Adaptive programs are free of charge for participants, and fundraising from the Ski-A-Thon helps purchase equipment and cover operating expenses that exceed $500,000 annually.

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