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Ski-a-Thon to benefit CPHS animals

Area skiers, snowboarders and especially the non-skiing public are being invited to take part in the 9th annual CPHS “Ski for the Animals” fundraising campaign to benefit homeless animals at the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society.
A special “Ski-a-thon” is currently underway with participants collecting pledges and vying for prizes for the top fundraisers. The Grand Prize this year will be a choice of either a 2-night stay in a luxury condo at Blue Knob or a season lift pass. Both prizes have been donated by Blue Knob All-Seasons Resort, a prime sponsor of the campaign along with Spokes n’ Skis (Lakemont).
“We hope this will be a major incentive in our fundraising efforts,” said CPHS Director of Fundraising/Public Relations, Dave Hopkins. “We had a very slow start with the lack of snow that has had a major impact on the ability of our school ski clubs to become involved as they have in the past. The kids have traditionally raised between four and five thousand dollars for our animals but we expect that to be much less this year and we need public help to meet our goals!”
To take part in the ski-a-thon event, participants collect pledges from friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and animal lovers to contribute money used in helping homeless animals at the shelter. They do not need to ski to take part. The funds can be turned in during the last week of February either at the shelter or Blue Knob.
All those who raise $20 or more in pledges will receive a special, limited edition “Ski for the Animals” T-shirt and “goody bags” containing food coupons, hand/foot warmers and other personal items (while supplies last). Other prizes, such as lift tickets, restaurant gift certificates and sports equipment will be drawn at random and awarded to those collecting donations.
Pledge forms along with rules can be picked up at Blue Knob, the CPHS shelter location in Altoona (1837 E. Pleasant Valley Blvd.), at local ski/sport shops such as Spokes n Skis (Lakemont) or from Veterinary offices. All pledges must be turned in no later than 4 p.m. Sunday, February 25.
This year the campaign will culminate with a special “Race for the Animals (Saturday, February 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) a timed downhill ski race on a Nastar Course. This popular event awards medals to winners in various age groups. Last year dozens of racers took part in this fun race for personal achievement and “bragging rights.” For just $5, contestants get two timed runs. Participants should pre-register (by 10:30 a.m.) at the CPHS table (next to ticket windows) to compete.
In addition, CPHS employees and volunteers will be selling Blue Knob lift tickets at a special location in the lodge with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the shelter by Blue Knob All Seasons Resort. Personal checks, credit cards and cash are accepted.
In addition to the ski race, organizers will hold a special raffle with major prizes up for grabs. The first place winner will choose from either new skis or a ski board (courtesy “Spokes N Skis”) valued at up to $600. Other items include dining gift certificates, ski and sport equipment and other merchandise/services.
Raffle tickets ($5 each or 3 for $10) are now on sale and can be bought at Spokes n Skis, the CPHS shelter office and several other locations (call 942-2477 for information).
“Ski for the Animals 2007” is made possible through the generous support of major sponsors Blue Knob Resort, Spokes N Skis, Lee Industries, Auto Wholesalers, Quality Awards, Serbin, Kovacs & Nypaver, Attys., The Winds at Mattern Orchard, Allegheny Orthotics and Prosthetics, Mid-State Trailer Rental, Altoona Emergency Wrecker Service, Ellis Office Supply, Thomas M. Dickey, V.I.P. Pet/Aquarium, Dave’s Sports Collectibles, the Port Family Foundation, Richard Sutter Associates and The Pastaria (Lakemont).
For more information on the event, call CPHS at 942-2477 or check with local ski clubs….or Blue Knob resort (814) 239-5111.