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Thunder Bay, ON, January, 2010— Grab your helmet and gear because the coolest snowmobile event hits the trails on Saturday, February 20th  to kickoff the 2010 fundraising season for Easter Seals Kids.

Once again, Thunder Bay’s Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids will head  south of the border for a charity snowmobiling event sponsored by  Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, the Grand Portage Trail Riders, and  the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids attracts snowmobilers from across  northwestern Ontario and Minnesota to Grand Portage, a mere 45  minutes from Thunder Bay, to enjoy some of the finest groomed trails  in northern Minnesota. As in past years, all proceeds will help 
support children and youth with physical disabilities in the Thunder  Bay area. All Snowarama participants will receive a complimentary  spaghetti supper and Saturday night dance with a live band.

Snowarama is truly a family event. Everyone can enjoy the trails, the  heated pool and sauna as well as all the other amenities at Grand  Portage Lodge & Casino. Minnesota trail permits are $16.00 (available  at Ryden’s 66) and will be required for those riders that venture off 
the Grand Portage Reserve trails.
    Rhonda Harrison of Easter Seals states  about 25 % of our budget  we raise for the year is from the Snowarama event. “ We help 178  children in NW Ontario with our funds. “Frank Vecchio, Marketing Manager Grand Portage. “ This year we have  decided to purchase a  2010 Pol aris IQ 550 Shift. One of the  Snowarama participants can win. The minimum pledge is $100 and for  every additional $77 pledged the participant will get one ballot  fro 
a chance to win the sled. The odds are pretty good. The more pledges  you get the better your odds are. We will give the 2010 Polaris Shift  550 IQ away on February 20th, 2010 the day of the event. We hope to  get more riders from 100 to 150 or perhaps 200 with this incentive.
  Tony Swedi of the Grand Portage Trail Riders stated the 100 miles  of trail system have a 16 inch snow base currently.  " We  will have a  local ride as well as one longer to  Devil Track Lodge and back. The  trails  are groomed now and I would like to invite everyone out to 
enjoy our trails."

 Jacqeline Lauchie is the mother of Zackary, age 6, who is this years  ambassador. Easter Seals does amazing work. "They empower  families to  help their kids. Easter Seals help  us with lifts  for the van and  bath for example as well as  providing help  for them  to attend 
camps each year. They help  offer independence empowering children to  be the best they can be."
    Be sure to become part of Snowarama this year! Call Rhonda for  more information at  345-7622 ext 4

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