By Jann Wiswall

The Boardroom and Holiday Valley have pulled out all the stops to make this year’s Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) Board-a-Thon the absolute best yet!  If all goes according to plan, the event will meet or exceed its goal of raising $20,000 for B4BC and the Buffalo area’s Women’s Oncology Program at Camp Good Days.

The Board-a-Thon has lots to offer. Morning snowboarding clinics will be taught by the pros of the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. Register in the Birdie Room on the top floor of the Holiday Valley Lodge.

At noon, you can sign up for the Tribute Ride at the Mountain Top Warming Hut where, for a $10 donation, you’ll receive a pink cowbell courtesy of Holiday Valley’s newest sponsor, I-Evolve. At 12:30 p.m., the mountain will be filled with the sound of ringing bells as skiers and boarders descend, drawing attention to the fight against breast cancer and encouraging all to participate in big or little ways throughout the day.

Also at noon, the always-popular Chinese and silent auctions for unique items, gift baskets and snowsport accessories begins on the top floor of the Holiday Valley Lodge and runs all afternoon. Samantha Timkey from The Boardroom said they have scored some amazing donated items for this year’s event including a signed Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres jersey, Scott Chandler Buffalo Bills autographed football, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Marcell Dareus Buffalo Bills autographed photos, items from the Buffalo Bisons and Rochester Americans, Smith I/O goggles, a ton of Under Armour gear, some awesome Betty Rides goodies and a GNU B Pro board signed by Barrett Christy!

But, you don’t have to be a skier or snowboarder to support the cause, Timkey noted. Anyone can donate any time at The Boardroom, which founded the event with Holiday Valley in 2009. And the Boardroom is the only place to go to pick up your very own “Show me Your Slopes” T-shirt contributed by EVL Rocks and Keystone Designs.

B4BC representatives will be on site all day at their booth where you can learn about the organization and its important work, donate or just ask questions. T-shirts are available for a donation at John Harvard’s Restaurant, too, and you can purchase a pink silicone bracelet for a $2 donation all day at the Customer Service desk.

Holiday Valley still has sponsorship opportunities available for the Board-a-Thon, but hurry! Contact Kristen Sciara, Holiday Valley’s assistant director of marketing, at or call (716) 699-3905 for a list of tax-deductible opportunities.

B4BCEvent Schedule At Holiday Valley

February 16, 2013
8:30-10:30 a.m.  Registration in the Birdie Room, top floor, Holiday Valley Lodge
10:30 a.m.  Women’s Clinics:  Freeride, Park and Learn to Ride. Meet in the Birdie Room.
12:00 p.m.  Silent Auction in the Birdie Room, top floor, Holiday Valley Lodge
12:30 p.m. Tribute Ride Down Mardi Gras. Register at the Mtn. Warming Hut at noon. $10 donation.
1:00 p.m. Breast Trick Contest, Rail Park
3:30 p.m. Awards, Reception and Auction in the Birdie Room, top floor, Holiday Valley Lodge
All Day
– Visit the B4BC cancer outreach awareness tent and the demo tents, Resort Services Center Plaza.

Camp Good Days Women’s Oncology Program

The Women’s Oncology Program at Camp Good Days and Special Times fosters support and provides women who are dealing with cancer the opportunity to share life experiences.

Designed by women, for women, the Women’s Oncology Program addresses the risks, fears, and barriers of everyday life most women face during and after diagnosis and treatment. All of the Women’s Oncology Program sessions strive to help women strengthen and rebuild their physical and emotional well-being through group and individual activities.

The Women’s Oncology Adventure Program is a weekend camping experience for women ages 18+ who have dealt with cancer from recent diagnosis to remission. Opportunities may include waterfront activities such as fishing, boat rides, and swimming, as well as rock climbing, Ropes Course and other outdoor experiences.

Programs take place at the Camp Good Days’ Recreational Facility, located on 13 ½ acres of waterfront property, on the shores of Keuka Lake in the Village of Branchport, Yates County, New York.

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