Snowtubing Day At Fernwood’s Winter Fun Center Raises $1,000 For The United Way


Bushkill, PA – Fernwood Hotel and Resort teamed up with Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Starting Gate Ski Shop and WSBG in support of the United Way of Monroe County for Snowtubing Day for United Way on Sunday, January 30. The inaugural event raised $1000 for the United Way’s 2011 campaign and was well received by those who attended.

Chris Grape-Garvey, special events and community outreach director for United Way, said, “We are thankful to the great sponsors and Fernwood Hotel and Resort’s Winter Fun Center for creating this day of playing in the snow on our behalf. All those I spoke to enjoyed the day, including my daughter and her friends. There were great hourly prize giveaways and the grand prize from WSBG’s Chuck and Joanne Morning Show was awarded to one of the show’s fortunate listeners.”

Christie Butz of Stroudsburg, PA was the winner of the grand prize valued at over $2000 which included gift certificates good for ski equipment from Starting Gate, Shawnee Mountain ski tickets, Fernwood snowtubing tickets, and an overnight stay package at Fernwood.

Ten dollars from tickets sold for the event were donated to United Way of Monroe County and anyone who came out to support the event also received a $10 discount on snowtubing tickets purchased from 3:00 pm until closing.

Gina Bertucci, spokesperson for Fernwood, said, “We are staunch supporters of Monroe County United Way and play host to one of their most successful annual fundraising events in the form of a fall golf tournament. This year, we decided to partner with WSBG to create a winter event. It was so successful, we have already agreed to do it again next year with a commitment from United Way to make it even bigger and better.”

The Fernwood Winter Fun Center is open Thursdays through Mondays throughout the season. It offers single and family snowtubing and a Tiny Tots Snow Play area. The Winter Fun Center is open through mid to late March. For information about snowtubing call the Fernwood Winter Fun Center at 570-588-6661 x4210 or go online at

“This event kicked off our fundraising efforts for 2011. Our next big event will be our annual awards celebration on March 16, which will feature a silent auction to raise funds,” Grape-Garvey said.

The United Way of Monroe County provides health and human services through community initiatives and funding to 35 local programs. Its targeted need areas include Engaging Youth, Meeting Basic Needs, Helping Children Succeed and Promoting Self-Sufficiency. “Live United” is part of the United Way’s mission of giving, advocating and volunteering to produce lasting changes in the community and advance the common good. For information, visit