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Seventeen Years and Counting ...

Annual Event at HoliMont Making a Difference for KEDS
SkiScape raises money for the Kids Escaping Drugs organization, which was established in 1987 as the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Services Foundation (ADDSF) and then became known as the Kids Escaping Drugs Campaign.  It was created with the sole purpose to raise funds for the creation and support of adolescent treatment facilities in Western New York.
 
“Kids Escaping Drugs is extremely grateful for the opportunity the HoliMont Ski Area provides us with for SkiScape,” said Deanna Messinger of Kids Escaping Drugs.  “The generosity of HoliMont and many local Ellicottville businesses allow KED the opportunity to raise critical funding for pro-active education in area schools and early intervention programs for adolescents from all over Western New York.” 
 
HoliMont is preparing for a great turnout for this very worthwhile all-day event.  The Kids Escaping Drugs staff and volunteers will be setting up in the Main Chalet early on in the morning and getting people registered between 8am and 9:30am.  There is a minimum $60 pre-registration donation required for Non-Members of HoliMont.  HoliMont Members pay $20 and that includes a t-shirt and lunch.  A minimum $70 donation can be made the day of the event.  Cost includes: lunch, admission into the individual races, t-shirt (for those who pre-register), and a fun day of skiing/snowboarding.  It’s a fantastic deal for a fantastic event. 
 
Every year, after registration is complete, most participants take to the slopes for the rest of the morning.  This year those who choose to do so will be treated to a panoramic winter wonderland.  As this article is being written it is snowing in Ellicottville and HoliMont is preparing for a strong, snow-filled winter. 
 
Whether you want to casually ski/snowboard or test your speed in the individual races that are set up in the morning, there is a little something for everyone.  Medals are awarded to the top three winners in each division of the races.  After the Individual Ski Races are finished the always-entertaining Lake Effect Firefighters Race takes place.  Firefighters from all across New York State come to HoliMont to take part in this exciting event.  Each year teams of brave firefighters put on an impressive, if not entertaining, display of teamwork and coordination.  On skis or snowboards, wearing their full firefighter uniform, these teams race down the hill in unison, weaving in and out of gates, all while carrying a long fire hose.  If you’ve never seen it take place before, you should definitely make it a point to do so this year!
 
Not in to the ski scene but want to help SkiScape raise money?  Feel free to hang out in the Chalet where you can place bids on an impressive assortment of silent auction items throughout the day, which helps to bring in even more money for the event.  SkiScape is a fantastic event that HoliMont continues to be proud to support.  For information on SkiScape you can visit www.makeachangewny.org or call 716-827-9462.   
 
“The proceeds raised also benefit the management of the Renaissance Campus, a 62-bed residential facility in West Seneca for boys and girls ages 12-20 suffering from chemical dependence,” stated Messinger.  
 
The mission of Kids Escaping Drugs is to raise, manage and distribute funds for the development and support of facilities, education and prevention programs for adolescents and their families in Western New York suffering from alcohol and drug dependency/addiction.
 
“This year’s event is the 17th consecutive year that HoliMont has helped us with our important goal.  We cannot thank them enough for all they have done, and continue to do, for the children 
and families we serve," said Messinger.