Carolyn Crowley Stimpson learned about the UWNCM Tocqueville Society over 15 years ago, and she saw it as the perfect opportunity to make a difference in her community while streamlining giving to fit her busy schedule.
Stimpson is a member of the Crowley family who own Wachusett Mountain Ski Area in Princeton and Polar Beverages in Worcester. Stimpson oversees Resort Services at Wachusett and can often be found buckling new skiers’ boots in the rental area or picking up trash in base area while ensuring visitors are happy.
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area receives high accolades annually from Ski Magazine readers for friendly service, children’s programs, snow conditions and food quality as well as having the largest Corporate Night race league in the US. Throughout the off season Wachusett hosts weddings, private functions, corporate outings and festivals.
Stimpson was introduced to the UWNCM Tocqueville Society through its founder, Ronald Ansin, who generously matched gifts made by early members. Carolyn sought to double the impact with the match while supporting many causes using UWNCM as her philanthropic vehicle.
“Giving is about being a good corporate citizen and neighbor,” says Stimpson. “The simplicity of giving through UWNCM via email is key to help manage our donations.”
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Stimpson recognizes that charitable giving is important now more than ever. She also believes that the ski area has a role to play in helping keep spirits up.
“Ski operations are a challenge with restricted capacity, but we feel fortunate to be able to offer safe outdoor recreation,” says Stimpson. “People are desperate to get outside, and it’s rewarding to see the smile in their eyes and to hear how families appreciate a sense of normalcy (and sanity) at Wachusett.”