Holiday Valley Ski Patrol 

Food Drive Needs Your Help 

2013 marks the 18th year of the Ski Patrol Food Drive during Holiday Valley’s Mardi Gras weekend. This year’s food drive is fast approaching, and it is more important than ever. The theme of the food drive this year is, “Hey gang, what time is it?”

For the past 17 years, the Holiday Valley Ski Patrol has collected money, cases of food and other necessary general home items, and again we are asking for your help. All it takes is a few minutes of your time to go through your cupboards and look at all the non-expired canned food or boxed food items and set them aside for donation to the Ellicottville Food Pantry. They might include canned goods, pasta, rice, jars such as peanut butter, and any other sealed containers. Then go back and take out one more item, like paper towels, tissue paper, toilet paper or toothpaste. This is a year where each one of us should go that extra step to help someone else.

Now that you have done that, bring the items to Tops Market in Ellicottville on Friday evening, March 8 between 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. where a ski patrolman will be standing outside to collect these items. If you just can’t make it Friday evening, how about Saturday, March 9 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., or even Saturday evening where many ski patrolmen will be walking down each side of the street during the Mardi Gras parade, collecting food and money. Food donation boxes will also be set up at the Red Door Ski Shop and at Holiday Valley at Skiers Services or the Ski Patrol at the bottom of Yodeler, where you can drop off items all week long.

Those who stop by Tops Market Friday evening or Saturday won’t go away empty handed for their generosity. We will award you with a colorful strand of Mardi Gras beads to wear during the weekend events.

I hope to see all of you Friday or Saturday, and as I have said each year, “Ski patrollers have a passion for skiing and compassion for others.” Our job both on and off the ski slopes is to help others, so now we ask that you please help us to help others.

For additional information, please email Bob Barbu at or call (440) 668-3773.

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