FRONTENAC, MO (KTVI) – A weekend ski fundraiser raised nearly $250,000 for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association. The benefit was held Saturday at the home of Ron Kruszweski and Maggie Gadell in Frontenac.
Members of the U.S. Ski Team attended the event, including Mikaela Shiffrin, American alpine ski racer and the reigning Olympic, World Cup, and World champion in the slalom event.
A check was presented to the USSA totaling $240,000. The USSA provides leadership and direction for tens of thousands of young skiers and snowboarders, encouraging and supporting them in achieving excellence.
Established in 1905, the USSA receives no direct government support, operating solely through private donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to fund athletic programs to assist athletes in reaching their dreams.
“The money raised in St. Louis will go directly to athletic projects like training camps, travel and sports science,” Shiffrin said.
Shiffrin will be competing for U.S. National Team in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.