National Magazine Names Martha Robertson of Peru as ‘Hero’

National Magazine Names Martha Robertson of Peru as ‘Hero’

National Magazine Names Martha Robertson of Peru as ‘Hero’

On a mission to prove that “heroes are everywhere, doing creative and extraordinary work,” MONEY Magazine sought out a hero from each state and the District of Columbia, taking nominations from past honorees, leaders of non-profit groups, community-service coordinators at for-profit firms and readers. The result is a remarkable lineup of people doing good works all across the United States.

Martha Robertson, who lives in Peru, Vt. with her husband and rescued dog, was selected as the Vermont’s hero for her work in creating and organizing Ski for Heat, a fundraiser that provides heating fuel assistance to local families in need. When she held her first event, the goal was to raise $100 to give as a donation for a Christmas present. Since then, the fundraiser, which has become an annual event, has raised $300,000 and helped thousands of people. In 2014, Ski for Heat became a statewide event, benefitting the fuel assistance programs at all five of Vermont’s community action agencies.

“I am thrilled for Ski for Heat,” said Robetrson. “My hope is that Ski for Heat will grow in name recognition, which will in turn mean that more people in our community can be helped. And although I am mentioned, I know and appreciate that it truly is the many, many kind and generous folks and businesses in our area who have made Ski for Heat thrive and who are the real local ‘heroes,’ and whose names should be on the award.” For information on Ski for Heat, go to skiforheat.org or contact Robertson directly at 802-779-2227.