The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) held its major biennial fundraiser, the 2019 SCI Mountain Challenge, September 26 - 29 in the mountains of western Maine. Now in its fourth season, fifty-four teams of three—representing more than 25 companies in the marine industry—raised over $355,000, a 12% increase over the 2017 total. Contributions are still being accepted online through: smschur.ch/scimc2019
For two days, participants competed on demanding courses over land and water which were professionally developed and managed by All Sports Events. Awards are given for course performance and top fundraising in the Philanthropy Challenge, but the top overall award is based on a combination of the two aspects of the challenge.
This highly successful and popular event is made possible by Presenting Sponsor Cargill and other generous companies. Peak Challenge sponsors include McAllister Towing, Moran Towing, Royal Caribbean International and TOTE. The “Halfway There” Dinner was sponsored by Holland & Knight. Scorpio Bulkers and Scorpio Tankers sponsored the Finish Line Celebration. Cargill, McAllister, and Holland & Knight also sent teams to compete.
Congratulations go to this year’s Varsity overall winners, the CORE PETROLEUM Team (Casey Dalcher, Warren Hansen, and Axel Maurer) with a time of 8:36:29 and Philanthropy Challenge total of $38,280. Core Petroleum also captured the Stage One Peak-to-Peak Challenge sponsored by Moran Towing. Overall first place in the Junior Varsity division was awarded to the MOUNTAIN MARINERS Team (Jim Lawrence, Joe Cox and Phil Greene). To view the complete results listings, visit: scimountainchallenge.com/results
During the awards ceremony at the closing dinner, former SCI Board Chair Rich du Moulin stated, “This money goes to support the services SCI provides to mariners around the world. In a busy industry, the human element often goes overlooked, and that’s why SCI’s services are so important. By participating in this event, you help ensure their wellbeing: SCI’s pastoral care, legal services, and maritime education are only made possible through the generosity of our supporters.”
The largest and most comprehensive mariners’ service organization in North America, SCI serves as a voluntary, ecumenical agency affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Founded in 1834, SCI affirms a basic precept of faith communities: welcoming the stranger, regardless of faith or background. Ministry is never sold or traded, but simply offered irrespective of financial support from any sector, company, or individual. Utilizing our seafarers’ center in Port Newark and state-of-the-art training centers in Paducah, KY and Houston, TX, SCI continually improves our practices in the areas of mariner education, advocacy, health and wellness, and ministry, and disseminates the knowledge we gain to the benefit of mariners throughout the world.
Photos from this year’s event are available for public use from these links Day One, Day Two, Awards Ceremony and Both Days with the following notation: “Photos courtesy of the Seamen’s Church Institute.”