Holiday Valley Food Drive
23rd Annual Drive by Ski Patrol
By Kerra Trivieri
Ellicottville’s annual food drive is just around the corner and the Holiday Valley Ski Patrol will once again serve as the gracious host to a wonderful cause. In its 23rd year running, the food drive will take place during Mardi Gras weekend beginning on Friday, March 9th and ending on Saturday, March 10th.
The event will benefit The Ellicottville Food Bank, an organization that assists many local families who truly rely on donations to fulfill their basic daily needs. Cash that is collected helps pay utility bills for those in need as well.
“Members of our patrol will be collecting non-perishable food items, paper products, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and cash donations at Tops Market,” said liaison and Ski Patroller Dan Buchanan. “In honor of the weekend festivities, you will be given a string of beads for each donation made.”
The food drive was originally founded by Bob Barbu and has gained success in helping the community since the 1990s.
“The event has become so popular because people get to know the Patrollers on a more personal level,” Buchanan said. “They see that we are inspired to help others both on and off the slopes.”
Collection times at Tops will be from 6-9pm on Friday evening and 9:30am-6pm. on Saturday. Patrollers will be donned in their red jackets throughout the parade, too, to help facilitate the donations.
“If you cannot make it to the store during these time, no problem,” added Buchanan. “You can also bring your donations to the parade, which starts at 6:15pm on Saturday. We are so thankful for any amount and want to thank the community in advance for their kindness and generosity.”
For more information, Buchanan can be reached at 716-219-1169 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.