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Aspire Ski The Valley

A day of skiing, tubing, and rallying behind Aspire of WNY

We all know that even the smallest events can have far reaching consequences. The old adages that stick around the longest tend to have the most truth to them. Don’t believe me? Here’s an example: on March 25, 1945, Sherwood Moss was born to Mr. and Mrs. David Moss. A year-and-a-half later, Sherwood was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. There was almost no assistance for the Moss family as they cared for their son, public welfare not being what it is today. Luckily, Mrs. Mary Moss had a group of friends in the Junior League of Buffalo who wanted to help. Mary mobilized friends, family and other parents of likewise afflicted children to form the Cerebral Palsy Association (CPA) of Western New York on Sept. 19, 1947. Ten years later, the CPA of WNY had fallen on hard times, but not before they passed palsy legislation, opened a young adults center for the cerebral palsied, and even headquartered their operations in a Victorian mansion. In 1958, to better serve the community, the CPA undertook its most drastic expansion yet … to help not only those suffering from cerebral palsy, but all neurological brain conditions including: mental retardation, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury. Henceforth, it would be known as Aspire of WNY.

In 1946, Sherwood Moss was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and the ripples from that moment have been far-reaching indeed.

Aspire of WNY has been a leader in providing innovative, person-centered programs and services for children and adults with developmental and other disabilities for nearly 70 years. Their constant efforts to raise awareness and funds for neurological ailments saw a nearly 35% decrease in the number of cerebral palsy cases by 2003. Their constant hard work and dedication in the face of such formidable diseases has been nothing short of incredible.

This year, Aspire is proud to celebrate their third annual Ski The Valley event being held at Holiday Valley Resort.  While this fundraiser to benefit children and adults with disabilities features activities for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts, there are plenty of fun options for everyone who attends.  Tubing, live music, a basket raffle, and a meal in a dedicated area of the Main Lodge will be offered. 

Aspire’s Ski The Valley event, presented by Independent Health, takes place on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 12pm-6pm at Holiday Valley Resort on the top floor of the Main Lodge.  Lift tickets for the event allow you to hit the slopes from 8:30am to 10pm with tubing available from 11am-6pm. Ski Lift and Tubing Packages both include a meal, or for those not planning to venture out on the slopes, a meal-only option is available for separate purchase prior to the event through Aspire’s website.

“The past two years at Holiday Valley have been a great success,” explains Michael Holley, Aspire’s Vice President of Development. “It’s been gratifying to see so many families participate and we’re thrilled to keep our partnership going with one of the east’s premier ski and snowboarding venues again this year.”

Ticket information for Ski The Valley is available by contacting Amanda Rosenberg, Special Events Coordinator for Aspire, at 716-505-5514 or by email: amanda.rosenberg@aspirewny.org. For pricing information or to register online visit the event website at www.aspirewny.org/events/aspires-ski-the-valley. To learn more about the organization and their personalized assistance empowering individuals to achieve their full potential and live as independently as possible, visit www.aspirewny.org or call 716-505-5830.