By Jann Wiswall
Holiday Valley is hosting its second annual Ski the Valley fundraiser to benefit the non-profit organization Aspire on Sunday, January 11.
Aspire is a Western New York leader in providing programs and services designed to give children and adults with developmental disabilities opportunities to fully participate in their communities and bring them to their “best potential.”
Last year’s event, the first at Holiday Valley after the organization moved it from Kissing Bridge, exceeded expectations, said Michael Holley, the organization’s vice president of development.
“Our goal was to break even the first year, but we came out ahead,” he said. “Holiday Valley is the perfect venue since the resort is completely accessible inside and out and its Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program (LASP) provides unique opportunities for people with disabilities to participate.”
This year, Holley reported, sponsorships already are up, ensuring that our clients will enjoy the LASP experience for free. Four disabled clients have signed up to participate with LASP trainers during this year’s event, up from one client last year who has signed up to participate again.
Supporters of Aspire and all snowsports lovers and are encouraged pre-register for this affordable and fun day of events that runs from 12-6 p.m. at Holiday Valley and at the Tubing Park.
Adult lift tickets are being offered at just $70 and include a lesson and an Italian banquet prepared by Holiday Valley’s talented catering staff. For children 7-11, the price is $65. Children 6 and under ski and dine free!
Equipment rentals are being offered at a significant discount, too: adult skis, $27/snowboards, $29; children 7-11 skis $21/snowboards, $25.
Lift tickets are good all day from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., so come early and stay late!
The tubing option is just $35 and includes the banquet and free shuttle service between the resort and the Tubing Park. Guests are also invited to register for the banquet only, which is held from 12-2 p.m. on the second floor of the main lodge. Tickets are $25 per person.
Pre-registration is encouraged, but on-site registration also is available. Register at www.aspirewny.org.
Want to make a weekend of it? Holiday Valley is offering discounted lodging at the Inn at Holiday Valley and at the Tamarack Club for Friday and Saturday nights (must book both nights), or for Sunday night only. Be sure to mention Aspire of WNY to receive your discount. Call 1-800-323-0020 or (716) 699-2345 or book online at www.holidayvalley.com.
Aspire is driven by the core belief that children and adults with developmental disabilities have the right to realize their full potential and live as independently as possible. The organization is committed to integrating the developmentally disabled into the community through innovative programs that promote independence in all aspects of community living.
Aspire provides extensive educational and enrichment programs for adults, including school to adult-life transition services, supported employment and volunteer opportunities and co-op and day programs. Service Coordinators help participants stay connected with family and other support systems and assist them in obtaining financial entitlements, housing, adaptive technology, medical and therapeutic support and much more.
For children ages birth through 21, Aspire’s Center for Learning provides comprehensive, individualized programs that may include a combination of occupational, physical and speech therapy, vision and health care and educational services. Its family-centered approach means the organization partners with parents to craft customized programs that enhance a child’s growth, independence and community participation.
For more information about Aspire and its programs, call (716) 505-5514 or visit www.aspirewny.org.