The Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

November 30, 2011 Leave a comment

A Financial Services Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston, Stephen Goettle balances his career with what charity work his limited free time allows. Over the years, Stephen Goettle has donated to Project Bread, participated in Habitat for Humanity projects and made contributions to several schools.

Stephen Goettle supports the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Founded in 1948, the Jimmy Fund raises money to fight cancer. It originated on the May 22 edition of the radio program Truth or Consequences. Revolutionary cancer doctor Sidney Farber, MD, of the Children’s Cancer Research Foundation (which became Dana-Farber) and the Variety Club of New England (today the Variety Children’s Charity of New England) broadcast players of the Boston Braves baseball team visiting a 12-year-old boy who was undergoing treatment for cancer. The airing attracted over $200,000 in donations and brought a significant amount of attention to the cause.

One year after the show aired, the Jimmy Fund continued its fundraising efforts by producing the Jimmy Fund/Variety Children’s Charity Theater Program. In 1953, both the Boston Red Sox and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association selected the Jimmy Fund as their official charities. Throughout the next several decades, the organization developed numerous events to procure more contributions, such as the Scooper Bowl, the Jimmy Fund Walk, and the Pan-Mass Challenge bike race, which still serves as the group’s most successful endeavor. The Fund has built a state-of-the-art clinic for pediatric patients at the Dana-Farber.

Over the past 60 years, the Jimmy Fund has raised over $750 million. These funds have contributed to research significantly improving cure rates for several types of pediatric cancer. The winner of nine 4-star ratings in a row from Charity Navigator, this group attracts thousands of volunteers every year. To learn more about the organization and how to aid its mission, please visit www.jimmyfund.org.

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Appalachian Mountain Club: Supporting Vital Northeastern Conservation Efforts

November 27, 2011 Leave a comment

By Stephen Goettle

[The Appalachian Mountain Club has been instrumental in protecting and maintaining natural areas such as New Hampshire’s White Mountains.]
[Author: ford. Posted at Wikimedia Commons.]

A hiking and skiing enthusiast, I am a longtime member of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). One of America’s oldest outdoor organizations, the group was established in 1876 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Edward Pickering and a group of 33 charter members. The club initially focused on preserving forests and building hiking huts and trails in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, with the organization gradually expanding its sphere of operations to the entire Northeast, from Maine to the District of Columbia.

The AMC has long been at the forefront of efforts in environment legislation and monitoring. It notably won a permanent injunction against a proposed I-93 highway extension in 1975 that would have had a significant environmental impact. In 1990, the group played a seminal role in creating the Northern Forest Alliance and six years later, it began monitoring ozone levels in the White Mountains. In the late 1990s, the AMC joined a coalition of like-minded organizations, urging protection of remaining roadless areas in the Appalachians. An AMC partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other public and private groups successfully restored the endangered Robbins Cinquefoil wildflower within the White Mountain National Forest.

One of the recent accomplishments of AMC has been the conservation purchase of a nearly 30,000 acres of pristine wilderness in Maine. The 2009 transaction completed the acquisition of a corridor of protected land that stretches over 60 miles surrounding the 100-Mile Wilderness portion of the Appalachian Trail. The AMC’s Conservation Action Network currently focuses on issues including clean air legislation in Congress and energy policy regarding Mid-Atlantic states’ “hydrofracking” and natural gas development practices.

The Appalachian Mountain Club offers members access to a network of hundreds of overnight lodges and campgrounds in wilderness areas throughout the Northeast. Organizational chapters oversee hundreds of family, group, teen, and youth programs designed to encourage responsible and enjoyable outdoor recreation. The AMC New Hampshire chapter alone operates several volunteer programs, encompassing trail crews, Mountain Watch, and Flower Watch. The chapter also organizes year-round trips and family adventure camps. Group activities extend to indoor climbing in the winter season, providing climbers an alternative to hazardous cold-rock and limited sunlight conditions.

About the Author: A Boston-based Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Stephen Goettle engages with firms in the areas of private equity and alternative investments.

Summers in Traverse City, Michigan, by Stephen Goettle

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

One of my favorite vacation areas is Traverse City in Michigan, and I particularly enjoy visiting in the summer. Chosen by TripAdvisor LLC as the second best small town travel destination in the country in 2009, the scenery of Traverse City makes it a prime location for people interested in the outdoors and water sports. In addition, the area hosts the National Cherry Festival and the Cedar Polka Fest. Both are very distinctive events not found elsewhere in the U.S.

There is fun, easy hiking for all ages and abilities on the 15-mile Leelanau Trail or the 10-mile Traverse Area Recreation Trail. Visitors may also take part in the intense Dune Climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, which rewards climbers with views of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan. Day trips by boat to the Manitou Islands are great for hiking and site-seeing. Additionally, individuals can hit the links at the area’s nearly 20 world-class golf courses, including A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort, the Crown Golf Club, the Mistwood Golf Course, and the Spruce Run.

Water lovers have plenty to enjoy about Traverse City as well. Off Grand Traverse Bay near Lake Michigan, the city offers opportunities to fish for lake trout, whitefish, and salmon, or to sail the bay and view the city from the double-masted schooner Manitou. Furthermore, vacationers can relax on the beaches at Bryant Park or Clint Park, as well as many spots on the Leelanau Peninsula.

These represent only some of the possibilities in the Traverse City area. The surrounding region also presents easy access to concerts at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, spas, resorts, casinos, one-of-a-kind restaurants, and places of historical interest. To learn more about the area, visit TraverseCity.com.

About the author: A graduate of Northeastern University with a Master of Business Administration in Business and a Master of Science in Accounting, Stephen Goettle previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University. Stephen Goettle currently works for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as an Associate in its Financial Services division.

Skier’s Paradise: Alta Ski Area by Stephen Goettle

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Currently serving as an accounting professional with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, Massachusetts, Stephen Goettle enjoys spending his free time outdoors, hiking, skiing, and reading. A graduate of Duke University, Mr. Goettle belongs to the Appalachian Mountain Club and Outward Bound, and he has volunteered with a number of organizations. In this piece, Stephen Goettle outlines some of the attractions of Alta Ski Area for dedicated skiers of all ages and abilities.

One of the best-loved mountains for skiers from around the world, Alta Ski Area in Utah has been in operation since the winter of 1938-1939. Today, Alta is one of the few areas offering a skier’s-only experience, since snowboarding is still prohibited. Many of Alta’s devotees count themselves as the sport’s purists. In a recent Ski Magazine Reader Resort Survey, the resort earned the number one place for Overall Satisfaction.

Alta Ski Area Beginner's Run

Alta Ski Area Beginner's Run posted at worldtravelattractions.com

Alta Ski Area provides a wide range of runs, with 25 percent being green beginner runs, 40 percent blue intermediate runs, and 35 percent black advanced runs. The mountain has about 2,200 useable acres, including more than 116 runs. In an average season, Alta receives about 560 inches of snow. In addition to runs, lifts, and great natural terrain, Alta offers lodging, helicopter and backcountry tours, church services, and dining areas. The resort provides a variety of lodging options, including ski-in/ski-out lodges, private homes, and luxury condominiums.

Today, Alta collaborates with Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort to offer joint tickets granting access to a total of 4,700 acres of great skiing. The resort also dedicates itself to sustainability at the Alta Environmental Center, where the company directs some of its profits toward supporting sustainability, research and environmental education initiatives at Alta and beyond.