CONWAY — On April 1, Kismet Rock Foundation (Kismet) will launch its Village Variety Pass campaign. Kismet, a non-profit based in North Conway, is a technical climbing school that serves economically disadvantaged students from eight schools in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. All students receive fully funded scholarships, which enable them to learn the joys of technical climbing and to live in the mountains for one week per summer, over a period of four consecutive summers.
Qualifying donors who give $100 or more between April 1 and September 1 will receive a card that is good for discounts at five locations in downtown North Conway. Flatbread Company will offer cardholders one free pizza and International Mountain Equipment will offer 10% off a full-priced purchase. Frontside Grind Coffee and Espresso will offer donors a free 16-ounce hot or 20-ounce cold coffee beverage. New sponsors this year include The Nereledge Inn, which will offer 10 percent off a stay, and the White Mountain Cupcakery, which will offer a buy three, get one free special.
Kismet will add an extra program week to its season this year and is excited about having so many sponsors on board for the campaign. "We're thankful to our sponsors and our donors for helping us make this Kismet season one of the best ever," says Brian Post, Chairperson of the Board of Directors. "This year we have 20 beginner students, which is more than double what we had last year. We're looking at serving close to 70 students this summer. It should be a great season and we're excited to have so many students participating in our summer climbing program."