Picture-of-Ken-Brown15th Ken Brown 700 Club Fundraiser, March 7

By Mary Fox

It’s time to make plans to join the gang at Holiday Valley’s Yodeler Lodge on Saturday, March 7, for the 15th Annual Ken Brown 700 Club and Sunshine Boys Fundraiser.

Ken Brown founded the 700 Club in 2000 when he and nine ski buddies all turned seventy.  Brown believed in good times and laughter, but was happiest when he could help others. He lived life to the fullest and part of that fullness was giving from the heart to his friends and those in need. Brown died three years ago, but his loyal friends have continued on with the 700 Club in the tradition he began.

From 10 members in 2000, the club has grown to more than 50 members this year and more are joining all the time. The only requirement for full membership is to be 70 or over. There are no meetings to attend. Just pay your dues of $50 a year and you’re in. Under age 70? Associate memberships are $25. Call Dave Jones at (716) 699-8335 for more information.

“Help Us Help Others” is the motto of the 700 Club, whose sole purpose is to have a yearly fundraising party to raise money for local charitable organizations. The club has donated more than $40,000 to 12 different organizations over the years.

This year’s fundraiser will include food and beverages for a donation of $8, a 50-50 draw and live and silent auctions. Prizes for the auctions are generously donated by businesses and individuals. Great prizes of local art, gift baskets, ski passes, clothing and equipment, gift certificates and bottles of wine are a few of the great auction items. Call Les Fox at (716) 945- 1176 if you have something you would like to donate.

Come at noon, enjoy lunch and bid on the silent auction. The live auction with Bob McCarthy at the microphone starts at 1:30 p.m.

It’s a good time for all, so bring the entire gang to the 700 Club and Sunshine Boys Fundraising Party, March 7 at noon at Holiday Valley’s Yodeler Lodge.