LUDLOW, Vt. – Gary Grainger, of Marion, Mass., is a long-time Okemo Mountain Resort skier and supporter of the Resort and owners Tim and Diane Mueller. When Grainger approached Diane Mueller about making a donation to Okemo’s Ski Patrol, he wanted to fund something patrollers could use on a regular basis. Thanks to his generosity, Okemo’s ski patrollers have a new ski patrol building at the top of Okemo’s Jackson Gore. A plaque on the exterior of the building will serve to remind patrollers and passersby of Grainger’s philanthropic thoughtfulness.
“Okemo can’t thank Gary enough for his donation to the Okemo Ski Patrol,” said Okemo Vice President and General Manager Bruce Schmidt. “Our professional ski patrollers now have a great location on the mountain to use while working. Gary is such a loyal Okemo supporter and we can’t thank him enough for his gift. He is a true family man and someone who is always looking to help others and help Okemo get better each year.”
Grainger and his brother, Jake, own Alpha Grainger Manufacturing, a high-quality supplier of precision screw machine products. Over several decades Grainger has supported many philanthropic endeavors in Ludlow, including giving assistance to students attending Okemo Mountain School, the winter sports academy in Ludlow.
Rising above the village of Ludlow, in south-central Vermont, Okemo Mountain Resort is a four-season playground that built its reputation for quality and superior guest service as a winter haven for skiers and snowboarders. Originally a small, community-run ski hill, Okemo began to blossom in 1982 when Tim and Diane Mueller purchased the ski area and transformed it into a popular, year-round resort destination. Okemo consistently receives accolades and wins awards for snow quality, grooming, terrain parks, family programs, slopeside lodging, resort dining and its friendly, professional staff. Okemo is not just for skiers. Alternative activities abound. Call (802-228-1600 or visit http://www.okemo.com.