NEWRY – Sunday River’s opening weekend offered more than a chance to hit the slopes to many skiers and riders. Guests who brought at least three cans of food were able to save money on their lift ticket while helping a worthy cause.

The Tin Mountain Roundup is staged at ski areas across Maine with help from the Ski Maine Association. This year’s event saw more than 600 people donate more than 2,000 cans of food to the Bethel Food Pantry.

“Sunday River’s roundup just about doubled the amount of food we have on hand,” said Erika Penczer, a volunteer for the pantry. “We really appreciate the generosity of the community in keeping the pantry stocked for those who need it. The holidays are a busy time for us, but the need is really year-round.”

Those looking to donate to the pantry are asked to call Penczer at 824-7639. Residents of SAD 44 seeking assistance should call the Bethel Town Office at 824-2669.

Sunday River furthered the tradition of giving during their opening weekend by handing out free Thanksgiving turkeys to all staff on Nov. 18.

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