Mount Peter Ski Area, located at 51 Old Mt. Peter Rd. in Warwick, will host a day of skiing, snowboarding, and tubing on Sun., Feb. 26 to honor local military and veterans and their families while raising money for HERoes In Deed. Military members and veterans with military ID will get free lift tickets for the day and their family members will get a ten percent discount on lift tickets.
At 11 a.m., members of the West Point Ski Team will carry the US flag down Mount Peter. There will be live bands from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as a magician providing entertainment for the whole family. Tubing will open to everyone from 3 to 5 p.m. with donations going to HERoes In Deed. A drawing for the 50/50 raffle will be held at 4:30 pm, and the Minisink High School JROTC Color Guard will officially retire the colors at 5 p.m. to close out the event. There will be giveaways and promotional items for sale throughout the day.
HERoes In Deed is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2014 by Elizabeth Harman in memory of her sister and Warwick native, Jaimie Leonard, a lieutenant colonel in the US Army who was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 8, 2013. In 2010, Jaimie wrote a letter about Memorial Day in which she urged her fellow citizens to honor “in deed” those who have sacrificed by serving their country. The mission of HERoes In Deed is to bring communities together in service with the veterans who live there to create lasting relationships that honor our military heroes and improve the community as a whole.
Recently HERoes In Deed partnered with the Warwick Historical Society to build a nature play area in Warwick in 2017 and has hired a veteran to serve as project manager for the operation. HERoes In Deed also provides scholarships to Warwick High School students and hosts an annual 5K/10K run in Warwick in Jaimie’s memory. This year’s race will be held on Sat., Jun. 10. Runners will be able to sign up at Mount Peter for a discounted early registration fee of $20. Military members and veterans also get $5 off registration any time.