Everything Ellicottville 700 Club Donates to Six Local Charities by Mary Fox “It was a very successful year,” said Dave Jones as he proudly presented a check this past week from the 700 Club to Sherman Wilkens and Bob McCarthy. The funds will be used by the Ellicottville Public Charities, which Sherman and Bob represent. The Ellicottville Public Charities began when Becca Whited set up a fund to purchase food for the Gowanda Flood Relief. The account was later turned over to the Ellicottville Public Charities and designated exclusively for the purchase of food and critical supplies for the Food Pantry at the United Church of Ellicottville. Monetary donations and food drives held periodically help make it possible for those in need to come in once a month and receive food items. The 700 Club, a caring group of skiers 70 and over, was founded in 2000 by Ken Brown, who passed on February 22, 2012. Membership has grown from the original 10 (thus 700 Club) in 2000 to 42 this year. The 700 club meets once a year at Holiday Valley for its annual fundraising event held for the express purpose of raising money for local charitable organizations. This year’s fundraiser on March 10 was the first 700 Club event without Ken Brown’s leadership. Dave Jones and Les Fox co-chaired this year’s event and all the members pitched in to “make Ken proud.” In Ken’s memory, the club will now be called the “Ken Brown 700 Club” and will continue to hold their fundraising event. As a result of the success of this year’s fundraiser, the 700 Club has been able to donate over $5,000 total to the Ellicottville Public Charities, the Alley Katz, Almost Home, the Nannen Arboretum, the Cattaraugus County SPCA and the Ellicottville Memorial Library. “There is a lot of need right here in the Town of Ellicottville and around Cattaraugus County,” said Bob McCarthy. “Ellicottville has a generous heart, more so than anywhere else I have been.” Without fanfare, Sherman Wilkins and Bob McCarthy go quietly about their business of raising funds and distributing aid where it can best be used.