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Seek the Peak 7 Raises More Than $61,000

Mount Washington, NH - As a non-profit, member supported organization sitting atop the highest peak in the Northeast, the Mount Washington Observatory knows all about setting goals and pushing upward to meet them. It is this same approach hikers took on Saturday, July 28th, at the Observatory's annual Seek The Peak hike-a-thon. Setting record breaking donation numbers, with 180 hikers collecting over $61,000 and donations still coming in, Seek The Peak is truly an event growing in awareness and influence with each year.

"Seek the Peak was an incredible success this year. It's an event that staff, volunteers and participants can all be proud of," says Scot Henley, Mount Washington Observatory's Executive Director. "The enthusiasm of our hikers was contagious and everyone had a great time on the trails, at the summit and at the awards party."

Now in its seventh year, Seek The Peak is the annual hike-a-thon fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting Mount Washington Observatory's ongoing scientific and community outreach efforts. The cumulative total that this specific event has raised over its seven year history is $280,000, and increasingly attracts hikers from all over the country. This year Seek The Peak drew gatherers from all over New England, as well as Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Florida among others; in what has become the most successful and largest year ever. In addition, a few notable adjustments were made to the Observatory's Seek The Peak efforts with the hope that the event?s growth in success will continue to swell for years to come.

"We made some strategic changes to Seek the Peak this year. Having launched its own website and created its own brand, we were able to elevate the overall quality of the event, and the extra effort has certainly paid off," adds Scot Henley. "Over seven years, this event has really taken off and we hope to have additional sponsors and even larger prizes for next year."

This year's top fundraising winner, Bill Ozanne from Norwalk, Connecticut raised $2,460 and in return received a grand prize, which was a His and Her Mountain Bike Package from L.L.Bean. Second place winner, Stephen Meyers from Jaffrey, New Hampshire won the other grand prize of an exciting EduTrip summit overnight adventure for two. Other prize-winners include third-prize, Gary Dempster from Hamilton, New Jersey who raised $1,540, fourth-prize to Graham Harkins from Moultonborough, New Hampshire for $1,262.88, and fifth-prize to Daniel Quinlan from Willimantic, Connecticut for raising $780.

The event was presented by Subaru and L.L.Bean, with support from Lakes Region Coca-Cola, Dwell Creative, Appalachian Mountain Club, USDA Forest Service, Mt. Washington State Park, Mt. Washington Auto Road and WOKQ-FM.

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit, member-supported organization with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach.

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