Matt Lajeuneusse of Pennsylvania and Moab business owner Steph Davis organized the fundraising campaign in memory of Davis’ husband, Mario Richard, who died in a wingsuit accident earlier this year in Europe.
A total of $3,779 was raised through a raffle and a BASE jumping accuracy contest at the popular “Tombstone” jumping area in Kane Creek Canyon. Individual BASE jumpers and their friends, as well as many equipment manufacturers and other vendors made donations to the fundraising effort.
“ I was really touched when I got an email from Matt Lajeuneusse telling me he’d had some extra time and wanted to organize a way for the Moab jumpers to give back,” said Davis, owner of Moab Base Adventures. “He told me that Mario had done more for Moab jumping and BASE in general than any jumper he knew, and he wanted to make this offering in Mario’s memory ... and run the event through Moab Base Adventures and make the donation in Mario’s name.”
The donation will be used to purchase equipment and other materials used in search and rescue operations, including ropes, climbing gear and specialized rescue hardware, according to a news release from Grand County Search and Rescue.
Additional information is available at Moab Base Adventure’s website at www.highinfatuation.com/blog/moab-turkey-boogie-fundraiser/.