Sunday River hosting Genesis Fund benefit


NEWRY – Thursday through Sunday, Sunday River ski resort will host the annual Lenny Clarke Celebrity Ski Classic to benefit the Genesis Fund, which raises money for children born with birth defects, mental retardation and genetic diseases.

Last year the event raised more than $70,000 for the cause, resort communications manager Alex Kaufman said.

Pre-registration is required for the weekend-long event, which includes two nights of lodging, three days of skiing, meals, live and silent auctions, a poker tournament and a banquet featuring Clarke.

The cost is $850 for one adult, $1,050 for two adults, $300 for each additional adult and $150 for each additional child.

There will be additional events for kids as well, Kaufman said.

Clarke is a Boston-based stand up comedian who has played supporting roles in several movies.

“The 2006 event set the record for the ski classics’ charitable giving,” said Karen Urciuoli, special events manager for The Genesis Fund in a news release. “Needless to say we’re very excited to return to Maine and relive the wonderful spirit of giving.”