Dads dig it |

Dads dig it

The idea wasn’t exactly an original and the results haven’t been all that unique either, but the annual Dads At the Diggins hike still has been quite a successful fundraiser all the same.

As the fifth annual DADs event at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park approaches on May 5, with a roughly 5-mile hike over the course of two to three hours, organizers are proud of the approximately $50,000 they’ve raised for the Nevada City Schools Foundation.

By the time the fathers of the DADs event came up with the idea to hike together to raise funds for the foundation, Moms On the Mountains had been already doing so for seven years.

But all together, Nevada City’s MOMs and DADs have helped bolster the school foundation with more than $200,000.

“The biggest thing I get out of it is I’m helping raise money for the children in school,” said Matt Margulies, one of the event’s coordinators. “It’s just great being able to really help the schools out with some things I had as a kid that they don’t have anymore.”

Margulies said the money raised was originally geared to go toward arts and technology programs, but has since been stretched to cover other costs in the classroom.

In 2006, DADs raised more than $18,600. This year, the bar is set at $25,000. Each participant is asked to seek at least a $50 sponsorship to participate in the May 5 men-only hike. Although, the group says, $100 per participant would be even better.

Registration opens at 9 a.m. at Malakoff Diggins state park, while all hikers set off at 10 a.m.

After finishing around noon, hikers head for North Columbia where they will be treated to massages while their families arrive for an afternoon of festivities.

Along with kids games and other forms of entertainment – in addition to a chicken barbecue and an ice cream social – the headlining act Saul Rayo & the Cocina del Mundo will play a pair of hour-long sets sandwiched around the event’s awards program.

“One new thing about the event this year is that it will be a zero-waste event,” Margulies said. “Nevada County Recycles is supplying us with compostable paper plates and napkins. It’s serving a pilot event for Nevada County Recycles.”

Margulies says those interested in participating in Dads At the Diggins or wishing to make a donation to the Nevada City Schools Foundation, may do so by calling 470-9069 or by e-mailing Ken Newton at


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