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Letter to the Editor: January for Jesse event comes up big for Whistler SAR

The fundraiser collected more than $8,700 for WSAR, in honour of the pub's former bartender
January for jesse Whistler SAR fundraiser at the beacon
A month-long fundraiser at the Beacon Pub & Eatery raised thousands for Whistler Search and Rescue (plus a hefty bar tab for Whistler ski patrollers) in memory of bartender Jesse Van Roon, who died in an accident on Whistler Mountain last January.

The staff and management of the Beacon Pub & Eatery would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Whistler community for the first annual January for Jesse fundraiser.

Jesse Van Roon was much loved by the Beacon staff, its patrons and many Whistler locals. He was a passionate snowboarder and we felt that giving back to Whistler Search and Rescue (WSAR) was a great way to honour his legacy. We were overwhelmed with donations from local businesses and the turnout at the event on Jan. 31 was incredible. We raised more than $8,700 for WSAR, and throughout the month of January, the community bought a $2,900 bar tab for Whistler ski patrollers for all their hard work.

January for Jesse brought out the best of our community, something we’re all in need of right now. Thank you to everyone who supported the event, and we’ll see you again next year!

Frances de Montigny // Whistler