Mothership Classic record turnout generates $177K for High Fives |

Mothership Classic record turnout generates $177K for High Fives

This year’s Mothership Classic brought in $177,000 for High Fives Foundation’s programs that support individuals suffering from physical and cognitive disabilities.
Palisades Tahoe / Kate Abraham

The numbers have been crunched from last month’s annual Mothership Classic, which ascended its goal of raising $105,000 for High Fives Foundation, bringing in the second highest total ever for the event with $177,000 raised.

The eighth annual Mothership Classic, held March 27, brought in a record turnout of 1,117 participants, bringing skiers and riders dressed in leopard fur coats and funky helmets to raise money by completing laps on Palisades Tahoe’s iconic KT-22.

Local skier Karsten Hart, 18, took the top honors, skiing 44 laps on KT-22. Storm Jacobs, 14; Daron Rahlves, 48; Shawn McGee, 41; and Scott Fitzmorris all completed 41 laps.

“You are the beating hearts of the High Fives Ohana,” said Anna Stump, events and marketing coordinator. “The eighth annual Mothership Classic was a sunny reflection of the supportive encouragement that exists within the foundation’s home town of Tahoe … perhaps the grandest send of all was that as a collective whole, we raised over $177,000 in support of our grant funding and services as the safety net of the outdoor sports community. That’s over $70,000 more than our original goal of $105,000. Thanks to Palisades Tahoe and our dedicated sponsors and participants, KT-22 has never looked better.”

This highest amount raised was set in 2021, with $181,000 brought in. Money is used for High Five’s programs, which seek to empower individuals suffering from physical and cognitive disabilities as a result of a life-altering accident. For more information, visit

Justin Scacco is a staff writer with the Sierra Sun. He can be reached at

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