Dartmouth alumnus A. George “Skip” Battle ’66 and his family have made a $5 million challenge gift to support the construction of the new lodge at Mount Moosilauke.
The Battle family gift will match contributions toward the lodge rebuilding project—up to $5 million. If the entire match is realized by the June 30 fundraising deadline, the $10 million raised through the challenge will provide more than half of the funds needed to construct and endow the new building. Construction would begin in September 2016, after First-Year Trips wrap up, and would be completed before 2017 First-Year Trips commence.
or send a check payable to Dartmouth College to:
c/o Gift Recording Office
6066 Development Office
Hanover, NH 03755-4400
Please include instructions that your gift is intended to support the new Moosilauke Ravine Lodge.
Battle, a senior fellow at the Aspen Institute and former CEO of Ask.com, describes his gift as an invitation to other alumni to ensure that the Moosilauke Ravine Lodge remains a vital element of the Dartmouth outdoor experience for future generations of students.
At more than 77 years old, the current lodge—located in the White Mountains about 45 miles northeast of Hanover in Warren, N.H.—is nearing the end of its useful life.
“Moosilauke was an important part of my introduction to Dartmouth—as it was for my kids,” says Battle, the parent of two Dartmouth alumni. “I believe that no other school has the insight into the physicality of nature and the world like Dartmouth, and I hope my gift will get us to the $17 million necessary to build the lodge to ensure the continuity of a tradition that can’t be matched by any other institution.”
View the latest architectural renderings of the proposed lodge.