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OKEMO’S Have a Heart Program raises more than $6,000 to assist local families

LUDLOW, Vt. – For more than a decade, Okemo Mountain Resort staff members have been celebrating Valentine’s Day by donating to the Resort’s Have a Heart Program. The fundraising campaign began in early February and ended on February 14 to celebrate the Have a Heart theme. This year, staff donations totaled $3,323.17 and Okemo generously matched the donation amount for a grand total of $6,646.34. 

This year’s Have a Heart Campaign was named in honor of Rosemary Piorkowski, an Okemo friend and co-worker who passed away suddenly after a brief illness. Rosemary was a valued member of the Facilities and Housekeeping teams. Her dedication, pride and attention to detail was incredible. She was a special person who truly knew the meaning of the “Extra One Percent.” Okemo Mountain Resort and staff are honored to provide this year’s Have a Heart donations to local families in need, in memory of Rosemary Piorkowski. Donations will be split evenly between Black River Good Neighbor Services, in Ludlow, and The Springfield Family Center, in Springfield. 

Among its values, Okemo strives to achieve excellence by encouraging staff to be responsible citizens who make a difference by helping to enhance and support local communities. Over 40 departments participated in this year’s Have a Heart Program. Employees are recognized for their level of contribution with a commemorative Have a Heart sticker that they wear proudly on their nametags.

New this year, Okemo Mountain Resort has created a Community Service program for its full-time, year-round staff.  This new program supports staff with paid time off to assist local, non-profit organizations, whose missions are aligned with Okemo’s values. This further underscores Okemo’s commitment to its local communities.  Non-profits are encouraged to list volunteer opportunities with the Okemo Mountain Human Resources office by calling (802) 228-1962.  

More information about Okemo Mountain Resort may be obtained by calling (802) 228-1600 or by visiting

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Contact: Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations
Okemo Mountain Resort | 77 Okemo Ridge Road | Ludlow, VT 05149
802-228-1947 |