Two Reagan Cabinet members and 21 U.S. senators will abandon Capitol Hill for the hills of Park City this weekend to raise money for Primary Children's Medical Center.
The third annual Senators' Ski Cup, conceived by Sen. Jake Garn, R-Utah, will be held Jan. 12-15 at Park City Ski Resort.Those expected to attend include outgoing Energy Secretary John Herrington and Interior Secretary Donald Hodel, said resort spokesman Mark Menlove. In addition, 21 senators will participate in the fund-raising event for the local children's hospital.
Menlove said among those scheduled to hit the slopes are Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del.; John Glenn, D-Ohio; Al D'Amato, R-N.Y.; John Kerry, D-Mass.; Sam Nunn, D-Ga.; John Warner, R-Va.; Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; and Arlen Spector, R-Pa.
The political leaders, divided into five-person teams captained by a senator or Cabinet member, will race on a dual giant slalom course. Participants and sponsors also will wager on "grudge matches," in which winnings will be donated to the medical center, said Menlove.
Last year the event raised more than $100,000 for the facility, with the funds earmarked to pay for charitable care of children whose families cannot afford to pay their medical bills.
"Obviously an event like this brings attention to Utah's tremendous skiing and helps that very important industry in my home state," said Garn, a Park City resident. "But, even more important, for me, is the fact the tournament is a fund-raising event for Primary Children's Medical Center."