January 2014, Roscommon, Michigan —Top Of The List owner Bev Mapes was lucky enough to attend the Michigan Ski for Light (MSFL) Annual Event on Higgins Lake in Roscommon, Michigan. The event pairs up the visually impaired with a sighted guide to go cross country skiing over the weekend.
This year’s event took place on January 17, 18, and 19. It kicked off at the Ralph A MacMullan Conference Center with a warm welcome by MSFL’s President Kevin Ridsdale. Skiers were then paired with their guides for the rest of the event, and guides and participants then attended a brief training session. Next stop was the cafeteria for pizza and salad. Skiers and guides who attended past events, as well as newcomers, were able to meet and mingle by the bonfire with hot chocolate.
The fresh snow that blanketed the trails on Friday made Saturday skiing the best ever. There was plenty of cross country skiing, sit skiing, time trials, a competitive race, and the Citizens Poker Run ski event. The Roscommon Lions Club were invaluable in helping mark the courses, transporting skiers from the lodge to the trails, and with many other tasks.
The event is also a major source of donations for the MSFL organization. A talent show was followed by a live auction on Saturday night that featured a variety of items to bid on, including gift certificates, gourmet chocolates, a wine gift set, and more. Many of these items were provided by Top Of The List clients and brought in over $1,000 that the organization might not have otherwise seen.
“We are so very pleased with Top Of The List’s participation,” said president Kevin Ridsale. “The auction is not only fun for skiers, guides, and our contributors, but has become a major fundraiser for us.” The funds will be used to partially fund next year’s event.
Following the auction participants topped off the night with dancing to the sounds of DJ Richard Bowser, special treats, and another bonfire. There was also a competitive euchre game, played with Braille playing cards.
Top Of The List’s owner was thrilled to participate in this exciting weekend, which marked the 34th year for the event. “So often we take our sight for granted, and while we are sensitive to the visually impaired, we often don’t understand their world or their needs,” Mapes said. “I’ve made many friends, learned so much, and more fully realize the talent that each of us brings into this world. I can’t wait to take part in this event again next year!”
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