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Jane-A-Thon returns to Winter Park

It started out with four friends challenging each other to ski all the bump runs on Mary Jane Mountain in one day. They turned it into a fundraiser for Colorado's children, and since then, the Invest in Kids Jane-A-Thon has grown to a two-day, 200 participant event that is knocking on the door of raising $100,000 to support proven programs that work for children and families in Grand County and around the state.

Invest in Kids is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving children and families in all 64 Colorado Counties. IIK partners with Summit County Public Health to implement the Nurse-Family Partnership® (NFP) program in the area, currently serving 22 low-income, first-time moms in Grand County. In the NFP program, a registered nurse makes weekly/biweekly in-home visits with expectant, low-income first-time mothers starting early on in their pregnancy and continuing until the child's second birthday. The nurse educates the mother on how to have a healthy pregnancy and how to take care of her child once he or she is born, as well as connecting her to resources in the community to improve her economic self-sufficiency.

Invest in Kids also partners with eight schools in Grand County for The Incredible Years® program, serving 315 preschool and kindergarten children, 31 teachers, and nine parents. IY helps young children develop social-emotional skills that prepare them for success in school. It works with teachers, parents, and the children to help the children learn to monitor their feelings and behavior, improve communication skills, and make friends.

On March 3-4, the Invest in Kids Annual Jane-A-Thon will return to Winter Park Resort/Mary Jane for its 18th year to raise critical funds to support its work in the community. This two-day skiing/snowboard fundraiser allows both team and individual participants to enjoy an incredible day of skiing or snowboarding while raising money for programs that help Colorado's most vulnerable children thrive.

A $45 registration fee (only $15 if you're a Winter Park pass holder) and a commitment to fundraise $150 gets you a lift ticket to Winter Park, a t-shirt, a hat, a lunch voucher, a beverage, the après party, and the opportunity to compete for individual and team prizes in fundraising, the 16 mogul run challenge, the 16 blue and blue/black run challenge, a costume contest and more. It's the longest running ski and snowboard fundraiser benefiting children in Colorado.

To learn more and to register, visit http://iik.kintera.org/Jane-A-Thon or contact Annie Thompson at athompson@iik.org. Invest in Kids is also still accepting sponsorships and prizes if you would like to support the event that way.