In response to the article "Altitude organizer looking for community support" (Pique Jan. 20), Mr. Bergeron was unethical and slanderous in using my brother Brent Benaschaks name as the source of his difficulties. It serves no purpose other than to be self serving if the event does not work out. It is very convenient and cowardly to blame someone who is not here to defend himself.
The facts in this matter are this: Mr. Bergeron signed on as producer of the 2004 ski event. In that contract he accepted responsibility for payment of the debts from the income from the event.
Brent Benaschak hosted a world class event for 12 years. He started in 1992 with a small group of 300 people. With himself and a close friend organizing the event, hosting the parties and cooking for everyone their party grew to what it is today.
Brent was known for producing the best party ever during ski week. He took care of the community (Whistler and Vancouver) by giving people jobs, bringing guests and business to the resort and holding an annual charity auction. He gave individuals the chance to rise to their potential through their creativity. Brent was always very generous and gave before he put any money in his own pocket.
There is still so much more that went on last year that maybe should remain unsaid and maybe we should all move on. My intent was not to cloud this weeks ski event but to inform the readers that Brents business affairs and the way he ran his business was just that, his business. He never portrayed himself to be a businessman nor did he really care about the money end; thats why he hired his most trusted accountant, Julie. Brent was the creative force behind Altitude/Out on the Slopes and thats what he did best.
Out on the Slopes is now owned by Mr. Bergeron and I hope that he can have the journey that it took Brent on but to do it with integrity and above board. The clients come first and you take care of your staff. Yes, I would love to see Altitude continue as part of Brents legacy, but it came to me on the anniversary of his passing that the legacy I have is in the many wonderful friends of Brents who have come into our lives and become my parents, mine and my childrens friends.
Bones & Doug Mac save the day
Ive been enjoying fantastic conditions over the past two days on both Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains and am feeling the need to express a heartfelt and sincere thank you to the operations staff of Whistler-Blackcomb. What an unbelievable job. Bones & Doug Mac, youve outdone yourself once again.