Whatever the weather, the Ken Brown 700 Club will hold its 17th annual “Help Us Help Others” Fundraising Party on March 4 at Holiday Valley’s Yodeler Shelter.

Festivities will include lunch and beverage for a contribution of $10, a live auction, a silent auction, 50-50 draw and lots of great fellowship. Everyone is invited. If you’re not a skier, come and give your support and enjoy a great time by the beautiful slopes of Holiday Valley.

Membership in the Ken Brown 700 Club is open to anyone 70 or older for a membership fee of $50 which includes your spouse. All the money raised for membership and the annual fundraiser go to groups and organizations in the Ellicottville area. Last year $8,800 was raised, and ten organizations were recipients of the generosity of the Ken Brown 700 Club.

The 700 Club was organized in 2000 by Ken Brown, a man whose generosity never ended. His eccentric capers and cool humor endeared him to everyone he met. Ken started the 700 Club with 10 skiers 70 years of age, hence, the 700 Club. More and more people have joined until today, there are over 70 members.

Ken went to ski heaven in 2002, but his faithful followers have kept up his tradition of generously giving to others. In his honor, the name of the club was changed from the 700 Club to the Ken Brown 700 Club. His spirit is what drives its members to continue on in his tradition.

Club members have been busy gathering an array of items for the live auction and the silent auction, which include sponsors’ gifts, gift certificates for Holiday Valley and HoliMont, artwork, fine crafts by local artists, gift certificates from local restaurants and businesses, individual donations and ski equipment.  If you have an item you would like to donate for the auctions, call  Ron Moro at 716-699-2061 or Les Fox at 716-945-1176.

The party starts at noon on Saturday, March 4, with lunch, beverages and the silent auction, continuing until after the 1:00 live auction.

The Club is indebted to Holiday Valley for its years of generous support, for use of the facility and for donations. Other sponsors of the event are HoliMont Ski Resort, Cattaraugus County Bank, Hodgson Russ, and Team Pritchard Realty.