This past month, Ice Fest staff have been getting several requests on how people can help the Ice Fest during this pandemic year. We have come up with a couple of ideas that can either send a kid to the 2020 Ice Fest or help out a local Munising business get through this season and be there for us when we all gather in 2022. The Michigan Ice Fest thanks everyone who has reached out to us or has made a donation!
BIG CITY MOUNTAINEERS
In 2020 the Michigan Ice Fest partnered with Big City Mountaineers to pilot a program that enabled students from dis-invested communities in Minneapolis to experience the natural beauty of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and try ice climbing.
We feel it is an ethical imperative to work toward making our sport, and our community, open to anyone who wants to join. No exceptions. Many groups are underrepresented in our sport and we’d like to work to remove the barriers to their representation and participation. We are excited to continue this partnership with Big City Mountaineers again for the 2022 Ice Fest!
Big City Mountaineers (BCM) is a national non-profit organization based in Golden Colorado that for over thirty years has partnered with local youth development organizations and schools to facilitate a variety of outdoor and backcountry based programs for students from dis-invested communities. BCM is focused on providing experiences that are culturally relevant and foster a connection to the outdoors.
Thanks to individual donors, corporate sponsors, and philanthropic foundations there is no cost to students to participate in a BCM program.
Send a kid to the 2022 Michigan Ice Fest by donating to Big City Mountaineers here!
Lots of our local Ice Fest sponsors are getting hit hard this winter by this pandemic, particularly the restaurants, bars and hotels. Lets help our friends out by purchasing gift cards from the ones that have supported us over the years. Purchasing gift cards is a great way to support these businesses that you are going to use anyway. Below are links to websites or phone numbers to call as they would love to hear from you!
Eh Burger (906) 387-7000
Scotty’s Motel (906) 387-2449
South Bay Outfitters (906) 387-4004