On Feb. 15, the ladies of the Ellicottville Ski Club at Holiday Valley held their 14th annual ESC Ladies’ Day, where the women raised $7,570 to benefit this year’s recipient, the Southern Tier Children’s Advocacy Center.

What began 14 years ago as an informal ski day followed by a dinner prepared by the men of club has grown to be an annual fundraising event. To date, the women have raised over $79,000 for various area charities.

Past recipients include Family Support for Ellicottville, Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley, Ellicottville Memorial Library, Ellicottville Community Food Pantry and last year’s recipient, the Nannen Arboretum, among others.

In addition to donations from members, nearly every local business contributed to this year’s silent and live auction as well as a ticket raffle.

“Our event is so successful thanks to the area businesses as well as the ESC members and their generous contributions over the past thirteen years,” said Laura DeCinque, event co-chair.

The mission of the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center (STCAC) is to prevent and respond effectively to child sexual and physical abuse. The STCAC provides a safe, child-friendly and homelike environment to conduct forensic interviews and provide medical examinations and support to child victims and their non-offending family members.

The Center provides interventions using trauma informed techniques and best practice methods designed to ensure that children are not further victimized by the intervention system designed to protect them.

Over 50 professionals from 16 agencies manage cases in a collaborative effort, each helping the other achieve the Center’s goals. STCAC also provides space for research and training so professionals and community members can learn how to prevent child abuse.

The $7,570 donation from the Ellicottville Ski Club Ladies’ Day directly enables the STCAC to provide services to children 18 and younger exposed to physical and/or sexual abuse, human trafficking and exploitation and/or child pornography, as well as their family members. The STCAC, a program of the Parent Education Program, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, provides services in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties.

“We are overwhelmed and so grateful to all the local businesses and the members of the Ellicottville Ski Club that helped support the ladies in their annual fundraiser,” said Karen Hill, STCAC Director. “And we are thrilled to be the recipient this year.” This is the largest donation the STCAC has received since opening, according to officials.

“The Southern Tier Children’s Advocacy Center is near and dear to my heart. I am also honored to be a part of a group of women that did such an amazing job for the center,” Lori Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, added. “They all came together with a mission and knocked it out of the park!”

To making a donation, obtain more information about or volunteer at STCAC, contact Karen Hill at 372-8532 or khill@stcacny.org.