|In April of 2003, a seed was planted by eighteen men and women who hiked to Tuckerman Ravine, in blizzard conditions, in memory of Annette Soares. They called the memorial "Annette's Climb". Their mission was to raise much needed funds for victims of domestic abuse. Their hope was to prevent another beautiful spirit and life from ending too quickly and too violently.
During these past eleven years, that seed has grown into a shining example of creating good where evil once resided. Through your efforts, Annette's Climb has raised $350,000.00. All of your contributions have directly impacted women's lives through grants to HAWC in Salem, MA, and North Shore Community College's Women in Transition (WIT) Program. We recently established the Annette's Climb Scholarship Fund at North Shore Community College to assist deserving students enrolled in the WIT Program for years to come. All this from a simple seed planted so many years ago.
Annette's Climb has truly been a grass roots effort driven by its dedicated, all-volunteer Board of Directors, organizers, participants and contributors. We have accomplished more than any of us had ever imagined. Thanks to all of you, we have reached the summit of our mountain. To that end, and after much consideration, we have decided it's time for a change. Annette's Climb, Inc. will be dissolved at the end of this year.
Many within the Annette's Climb community have expressed interest in continuing the annual trek to Tuckerman Ravine. Coordinating and updates will be accessible through our Annette's Climb Facebook page and our website www.annettesclimb.org.
It is our hope that our sponsors, contributors and participants will continue to support our mission by making contributions, in the name of Annette Soares, directly to HAWC and/or to North Shore Community College's WIT Program.
Both entities are certified 501(c)(3) organizations:
27 Congress Street
Salem, MA 01970
North Shore Community College Women In Transition Program
One Ferncroft Road
Danvers, MA 01923
We extend a heartfelt "thank you" for all your support over the years. May peace, support, love and triumph always sustain you on your future trails and journeys.
The Soares Family, and
The Board of Directors, Past and Present