With construction season right around the corner, the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail (EVGV Trail) Committee has launched its first official capital campaign to help kick-start the construction of approximately 3,000 feet of trail leading from the Town Center on Fillmore Ave. to Tim Horton’s on Route 219. The campaign’s first fundraising event will be a ham, turkey & steak raffle fundraiser on Sunday, June 4 at 1 p.m. at the Ellicottville American Legion Post on Maples Road. Pre-sale tickets for $20 will admit the ticket holder and one guest and entry into 32 cash prize drawings totaling $4,000. Ticket holders are not required to be present to redeem cash prizes.

Entry to win prizes from the ham, turkey & steak raffle will be sold at the event. Beer, soft drinks and snacks are complimentary. A portion of the proceeds will be donated by the EVGV Trail Committee to the Nannen Arboretum Society.

To donate to the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail Fund, checks can be made out to the Ellicottville-Great Valley Trail and mailed to: PO Box 9, Ellicottville, NY 14731 or donations can be made online through the Trail’s website at:

For more information about the EVGV Trail or becoming a member of the EVGV Trail Committee, contact Joe Wright at 716-984-5673 or

To purchase tickets for the kick-off raffle, contact any of the following EVGV Trail Committee Members:

Ken Hinman, 716-474-8214 or 716-801-1196

Jennie Acklin, 814-688- 0083 or 716-699-4062

Kate O’Stricker,  716-938-2320

Amy DeTine,  716-583-3769

Joe Wright, 716-984- 5673

Matt McAndrew,  716-699- 2100

John Thomas, 716-462- 7477