We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: There is no other place like Ellicottville. Whether you live here, or own a vacation home here, or just visit on the weekends, you’re probably well aware of the sense of community it possesses. The type of benevolence that shines through when someone needs help. On Sunday, Feb. 28, Ellicottville rallies around Donna Woodarek.
A longtime employee at Holiday Valley and lifelong Ellicottville resident, Donna personifies the work ethic and friendly vibe our town has become beloved for. The community was stunned to hear of Donna’s Stage-4 lung cancer diagnosis, and immediately jumped to action.
“If you’re an employee or a guest who’s been coming to Holiday Valley for a while, you know who my mom is,” said Jaimie Woodarek, Donna’s daughter. “We put this benefit together to help her get through a pretty difficult time. The support so far has been overwhelming, and we’re so appreciative of everything everyone has done so far.”
The benefit will take place at the Cornell Cooperative Extension (across the street from the Ellicottville Fire Hall) at 1pm on Sunday the 28th. A Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, ‘Spin-to-Win’ and other fundraising activities will take place, as well as food and a $2 donation per draft beer.
Jaimie and the rest of those involved have been diligent about spreading the word and posting the many different auction items on the Benefit’s Facebook page (Benefit for Donna Woodarek). And there are some really good items: a 20 gauge shotgun from Mansfield Arms & Ammo, gas cards from Hoag’s, an ultimate cutting combination (band saw, cutting station, 2 batteries, a charger, a bag and 3 packs of blades) from Meritool, Outdoor Tech wireless speakers from The Boardroom, stained glass from Mat Snyder, woodwork from Emily Arena … just to name a few!
“Katie Rinko will be providing sound and DJing, while Gary London, Randy Lee, Johnny Mac and Pete Gilroy will perform,” Jaimie said. “We’re having various other local artists who are still showing interest, so if you’d like to come play let us know!”
Tickets for the Benefit are $10 apiece (which includes your food) and can be purchased beforehand or at the door. If you’ve got anything you’d like to donate, would like to pre-purchase tickets, or want more information about the event, don’t hesitate to head to the Benefit’s Facebook page for additional details and contact information. See you there!