On March 13, 2015, the ladies of the Ellicottville Ski Club at Holiday Valley held their 10th annual “Ladies’ Day.”

Over 60 women participated in the “Book Club” fundraising event for Ellicottville Memorial Library.  As a result of the day of skiing, and the dinner, complete with raffles and silent and live auctions that followed, the women raised $13,100. In addition to the monies raised, the ladies also collected numerous books, which were donated directly to the library.

The event that began 10 years ago as an informal ladies’ ski day, followed by a dinner prepared by the men of the club, has grown to be a fun fundraising event.  To date, the women of the Ellicottville Ski Club have raised over $46,800 for various area charities.  Past recipients include Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, Family Support for Ellicottville, Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley, Mercy Flight of Western New York, Susan G. Komen “Team Cure” at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, The March of Dimes of Western New York and Almost Home Animal Sanctuary.

Erin Fierle and Lisa Colby, co-chairs of the annual ESC Ladies’ Day event, along with Deb Fierle and Laura DeCinque, auction chairs, commented, “Our event is so successful in part thanks to the area businesses, as well as the Ellicottville Ski Club members, and their generous contributions over the past 10 years.  We are thrilled that this year’s event raised over $13,100 in cash and books for the local library and that our donation will directly make an impact on the local and surrounding communities.”

Ellicottville Memorial Library services many communities in both Allegany and Cattaraugus counties, and provides unique programs in addition to book circulation and technology access.  Some of the programs include a summer reading program, which services about 100 local students, story time for preschoolers, adult book clubs, numerous arts and crafts classes, painting and drawing classes, and exercise and music classes.  In addition, the library houses an art gallery for local artists to exhibit their works of art.

For information on how your group or organization can participate in a fundraising event to benefit Ellicottville Memorial Library, contact Laura Flanagan at (716) 699-2842.