HoliMont Event Includes Lift Ticket, T-Shirt and Lunch 

By Mary Heyl

Due to unseasonably warm weather and minimal amount of snow, the non-profit organization, Kids Escaping Drugs (KED), is rescheduling their annual SkiScape fundraising event. The event, which was originally scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 3, is now taking place on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Ellicottville’s HoliMont Ski Resort.

2016 marks the 18th year that KED has partnered with HoliMont to host this fun, all-day event to raise money for their youth rehabilitation services in Buffalo. While most drug and/or alcohol dependent children across the country are placed in rehabilitation facilities with adults, KED is unique in that it focuses on the rehabilitation of chemically dependent adolescents in Western New York.

The KED Renaissance Campus is comprised of three buildings that house more than 60 chemically dependent youths from the ages 12 to 20. Money raised at the SkiScape fundraiser supports the mission of KED, which is “to raise, manage and distribute funds for the development and support of facilities, community education, and advocacy programs for adolescents and their families in Western New York suffering from alcohol and drug dependency/addiction.”

Few fundraising events are more exciting and action-packed than SkiScape, which has become an annual tradition for many. Participants must bring a minimum donation of $60, which can be obtained through pledges, and includes an all-day lift ticket, T-shirt, and lunch. Eastern Hills Mall will be awarding gift cards to any participant who raises $100 or more.

The day’s events include skiing and snowboarding, individual races and the much-anticipated Annual Firefighter Ski Race. Firefighter organizations from all over the state compete in the ski race in full firefighter gear for a large trophy and all the glory that accompanies it! Participants can warm up in the main chalet where the silent auction will feature an impressive array of prizes donated by local businesses and organizations.

For more information about SkiScape 2016 and to register for this exciting fundraiser, visit www.ked.org or contact Christina Kruzer at (716) 827-9462.