Ken Brown 700 Club Raises More Than $2,000

On behalf of the Ken Brown 700 Club, we would like to thank all those who contributed to making our 2014 Fundraising Party such a great success.

We are particularly indebted to the management of Holiday Valley for allowing us to hold the event again on the terrace at Yodeler Lodge. A special vote of thanks goes to Vicky and Moose Brown at the Depot for all their work in providing lunch. We had three new financial supporters of the event this year. Our thanks to Sal Marranca and his team at Cattaraugus County Bank, Ken Friedman and his partners at Hodgson Russ, and Dick Rhoades of California Closets. In addition, there were all the club members who helped organize the day and served food and drink to all those good people who came out to support the event.

The fundraiser this year was one of the most successful we have held, partly due to the fine weather and all of those who not only supported the luncheon, but also stayed on to participate in the silent and live auctions, which raised over $2,000. The auction, of course, could not have been held without all the donations from local merchants and many members of the public.

The beneficiaries of this fundraising will be the many local organizations supported by the club. Last year, we donated $4,100 to those organizations, and over the years since the club was formed by the late Ken Brown, we have been able to donate over $40,000 to a dozen of those organizations.

The motto of The Ken Brown 700 Club is “Help Us Help Others.” Thanks again to all those in the community who helped us do that and keep the memory of “The King” Ken Brown alive.

~ Don Ames, Les Fox, Ollie Hazard & Dave Jones


Super Response to Ski Patrol Food Drive

What a great response we had to the ski patrol food drive last Friday and Saturday. Thank you!

There are so many stories, so many people offering to help. It was great. Both days, the Girl Scouts were selling cookies right next to us and we partnered up. If the person purchasing cookies felt that they didn’t need the extra food but wanted to help the Girl Scouts, then the Girl Scouts told the customers to buy the cookies and donate them to the food bank … now that is cooperation.

We collected over 20 cases of food, paper goods, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items. One person came out with a case of canned soup as his donation … thanks, Brian. We also ended up collecting $1,495.85 to go to the Ellicottville Food Bank to help those in need. When the question came up as to who receives all that we collect, my response was, “those in the Village of Ellicottville.” What I found was that both Americans and Canadians came forth to help — there was no border — so thank you everyone.

Now, it takes many to do this task in two days. Tops Market gives us the space to set up and Bob McCarthy brought the tractor with the “bucket to fill.” There was my partner, Holly Herrick, and during the cold, we would take turns going inside the store to warm up. Red Door Ski Shop, our great partner in this food drive, provided the beads and a party after the parade, and finally, the Holiday Valley Ski Patrollers, who pushed the carts and had the crowds give us even more money to meet our objective. Here is who you saw pushing carts and asking you to give more: Dave Monkelbaan and his partner Sue Mairs, Dave Rau, Bob Barbu and his partner Holly Herrick, and Ness Brooks.

If you have items that you wanted to donate but were unable to see us at Tops or get to the parade, please take them to the Red Door Ski Shop where the staff there will see that they are delivered to the food bank. Thank you one and all for a great food drive. See you next year during Mardi Gras!

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Celtic Thunder Tremendous Success

A sellout crowd at the new Ellicottville Town Center’s Rotary Auditorium made for a fantastic and enjoyable evening for the 200 who attended the Celtic Thunder – A Night of Irish Music and Dance fundraiser on March 7. Once again, the people of Ellicottville showed their generosity in making this event a great success as they exceeded the goal set to support these special causes.

As usual, Bob McCarthy delivered a very unique and fun-filled event. This fundraiser was conceived to provide support for the publication of a book by local author Katie Benatovich, as well as to support Rotary’s Polio Plus Program.

Katie greeted all the guests at the door and explained her idea behind her book “C is for Courage,” a book to help children battling cancer written for and donated to Camp Good Days & Special Times. She hopes that by writing this book more families can know about Camp Good Days and Special Times and benefit from their services and support.

Camp Good Days is a nonprofit organization that provides free summer camps and activities throughout the year to help families who have children and other family members with cancer.

The evening was full of McCarthy-style entertainment including the classic Irish band The Leftovers and an adorable group of Irish dancers from Springville, a dramatic reading by our own Walter Holland, and some Irish solo favorites from Andy Guthrie, who flew in from Ireland for this event. EBC had a special McCarthy Irish Red while E-Ville Spirits, Dom’s Butcher Block and Katy’s Café provided wine, Beef on Weck and desserts for the crowd. The town showed off their new Town Center, and it was evident that the Rotary Auditorium will get plenty of use for upcoming events

The Rotary and Bob McCarthy thank all that attended to make this evening one to remember.

~ Greg Cappelli