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Ski & Snowboard Raffle to Help Raise Money for the Ellicottville Skatepark

It’s a growing sport. One that has no boundaries. Skateboarding welcomes everyone, regardless of age, race, or tax bracket. Public skateparks are popping up in communities across the U.S., encouraging our youth to get outdoors and be active. It’s an affordable sport that can cut down on your child’s screen time, while providing them with much-needed exercise in a world that heavily depends on technology for entertainment. The best, but most overlooked part? It’s a great way to make new friends.

The Village of Ellicottville, in partnership with a group of local skateboarding advocates dubbed SK8EVL, has been awarded a Built to Play Skatepark Grant through the Tony Hawk Foundation and Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. Built to Play Skatepark Grants offer up to $250,000 in matching funds to public skatepark projects across western New York and southeast Michigan. Through the same grant program, Ellicottville also received a $50,000 Environmental Impact Award to fund processes and design features that would lessen the environmental impact of the proposed concrete skatepark.

Fundraising efforts to raise the match for the Ellicottville Skatepark are underway, with the most recent being a ski and snowboard raffle. Thanks to generous donations from Mud, Sweat n’ Gears - a pair of skis - and Doug Anderson - a snowboard - SK8EVL has been busy selling raffle tickets, with the drawing taking place during the Bad Ski Suit Party at Madigan’s on Saturday, Feb. 29th.  Madigan’s has stepped up to the plate as well, offering to donate the entry fees from their event to the Ellicottville Skatepark.

“We’re grateful for the support of our local businesses, the community, and our visitors,” said SK8EVL committee member Brenda Perks. “We are excited about this project, and we’re taking every opportunity we can to advocate for it. Holiday Valley and HoliMont recently provided us with space to set up an information table and sell tickets for the raffle, and it was a pleasure to talk with so many people who expressed their support to have a skatepark here in Ellicottville. In a resort town such as this, having a state-of-the-art skatepark is a perfect fit!”

SK8EVL has a number of fundraising events in the works, with the next one booked for the end of March. SOUP-to-SKATE, a soup bowl fundraising event, is set for Sunday, March 29th from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Finnerty’s downtown Ellicottville location.

“This is a truly unique community fundraiser that showcases the creativity of our local students, along with delicious recipes from our community members,” explained Perks. Upon arrival to the event, attendees will get to choose a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl handmade by Ellicottville Central School and Allegany-Limestone Central School students under the direction of art teachers Deb McGowan and Nicole Missel. Fill your bowl with samples of salads, soups, chili and more. The bowl you choose is the bowl you get to take home!

A limited number of pre-sale tickets are available which guarantees you a student-made bowl.  Pre-order your tickets for $25 each at the Ellicottville SNOWED-IN / PaNDaGOAT Media office (9 W. Washington Street, Ellicottville), through any SK8EVL Committee member, or through Ms. McGowan at Ellicottville Central School.

There are also a limited number of spots open to compete in the Soup & Chili Cookoff. Gather up your most famous recipe to showcase at SOUP-to-SKATE. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Entry is FREE! The day will also feature live music and basket raffles, with all proceeds going towards the construction of the Ellicottville Skatepark.  Every dollar raised will be matched by the Tony Hawk Foundation / Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation!

For additional information about SOUP-to-SKATE, to enter the soup & chili cookoff, or to donate an item for the basket raffles, contact Perks at ellicottvilleskatepark@gmail.com or 716-244-7573. If you cannot attend March 29th’s SOUP-to-SKATE event, you can still support the cause.  An Ellicottville Skatepark Fund has been established with the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation to help raise the donations needed for the required match. Those wishing to donate to the fund can do so by visiting www.sk8evl.com.