Before country music recording artist Mark Mackay pursued a successful, full-time career in music, he was a self-proclaimed outdoor sports adrenaline junkie and snow sports industry veteran. It should come as no surprise that he is the driving force behind the second annual High Note benefit concert, which will help fund services for injured mountain sports athletes.
Cargo Concert Hall at the Whitney Peak Hotel will host the concert Dec. 29 with the High Fives Foundation receiving all of the evening’s proceeds. Based in Northern California, the nonprofit organization raises injury prevention awareness, while providing resources and inspiration to those who have suffered life-altering injuries. Founder and executive director Roy Tuscany was an aspiring professional skier before an accident in 2006 left him paralyzed.
“The work that the foundation is doing to fund alternative treatments and aid in the recovery of these athletes is awe-inspiring,” Mackay said. “By bringing together the grassroots communities of skiers and their fans, and musicians and their fans, we hope to honor the work that Roy and his team are doing every day to positively impact the lives of injured athletes.”
Mackay organized the inaugural concert in 2014 and approached Whitney Peak Hotel this year about providing the concert venue free of charge.
“This was a no-brainer for us,” managing director Niki Gross said. “The live music, outdoors sports and charity components are all core parts of our brand and represent the heart and soul of this hotel and our employees.”
Singer-songwriter (and professional skier) Matt Reardon will open for Mackay. Tickets are available for $11 in advance or $17 at the door; doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show. Room packages are also available at $99 per night for up to 50 concertgoers.
The event will also include a series of raffle drawings and a video tribute to athletes who have lost their lives in recent years, including Erik Roner, a well-known action sports athlete and star of MTV’s “Nitro Circus,” who died in a skydiving accident in September.
“I am a firm believer that music connects people to amazing things in the world, like the High Fives Foundation, and it also helps people find peace in the bad stuff,” said Mackay, who is hoping to raise several thousand dollars for the foundation.