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Go Snowmobiling  Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids In Northwestern Ontario

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  On Saturday, February 8, 2014, snowmobilers from across Thunder Bay and Grand Portage are invited to hit the trails for the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids and become part of the most successful winter season fundraiser for Easter Seals Ontario. Now in its 11th year, Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids has raised more than $250,000 in support of children and youth with physical disabilities in the community. To celebrate our 11th year at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, with every $100 in pledges you will receive a ballot to win 1 of 4 vacation prizes! A trip for two to Las Vegas. (travel voucher including airfare from Duluth and hotel, value of $1200.00) Two nights at Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel Including $200.00 in spending money Two nights at Hollow Rock Including breakfast for two and $25.00 in free play A night at Fortune Bay Resort and Casino Including $100 in spending money There is a minimum of $100 in pledges to participate and includes a bonfire on the trail, a fabulous dinner featuring a carving station, and entrance to the dance with live entertainment on Saturday night. There will be prizes for the top fundraisers, as well as other prizes, and the more pledges you bring in, the more chances you have to win one of the travel packages. This year, participants can also register for the event and collect pledges from friends and family online. Visit snowarama.org to register and invite all your contacts to support you online. By submitting pledge forms before February 5, 2014, your name will be entered into a draw for a prize.

Funds raised at this event help provide financial assistance for children with physical disabilities for essential mobility and communication equipment and fully accessible summer camping opportunities. Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids would not be a success without the support of the snowmobiling community. We sincerely hope we can count on your support and participation again this year.

Tony Swader is the Trust Lands Administrator and President of Grand Portage Trail Riders “  We have lots of snow here. The sled dog race finished last night with great conditions. The trails are coming along very well and we have been grooming already. It will be one of our best snow years to date. The long trail will be a run up to Hungry Jack on the Gun Flint for about 130 miles round trip.  Our local route on the reservation is between 30 to 50 miles. There will be a bon fire at trail centre where we will have hot dogs annd hot chocolate for the riders. The public is welcome to come up and join in on the bon fire. You can take your vehicle to where the bonfire.” “ It is a lot of fun for us to work on Snowarama and it is a really good cause for the kids.  For us it is great to see them making improvements each year.” “ We have a little over 100 miles of groomed trails on the reservation. We have gas and it is nice you don't need a trail pass. The MN trail pass is $36 and good for 1 year and available at Rydens 66” Rhonda Harrison of Easter Seals “ The event at Grand Portage is now in  the 11th year. We average about 100 riders and fill up the casino each year. You can register online at snowarama.org We have 4  Snowarama events in NW Ontario and it kicks off our fundraising season. The Snowarama has been running  for 39 years now in Ontario and have raised over $16.9 million.”

Join us on Saturday, January 25, 2014 for the annual Sioux Lookout Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids. This year’s event will take place at the Ojibway Power Toboggan Association Club House, located at 108 Abram Lake Road. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m., followed by a ride to Hudson for permit members, then a tour of Lac Seul. Non-permit holders are welcome, but must have own means of getting to Hudson to start the ride at East Side Cafe, and ride up beautiful Lac Seul. The ride will end on the L701 trail (Hudson-Sioux Loop) with a windup to follow at Dick & Nellies bar and grill. Riding along in our event this year is the team from Mc Kinstry Chrysler. After the ride Check out the award winning RAM trucks, to pull or haul your sled.   This year, participants can also register for the event and collect pledges from friends and family online. Visit snowarama.org to register and invite all your contacts to support you online. Funds raised at the 2014 Sioux Lookout Snowarama help provide children with physical disabilities with essential equipment needed for mobility and communication, as well as summer camping opportunities at Easter Seals’ two fully accessible camps. It can cost families an additional $10,000 to $40,000 a year to raise a child with a physical disability and most families can’t do it on their own. Your support is greatly appreciated. Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids would not be a success without the support of the snowmobiling community. We sincerely hope we can count on your participation this year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mike Starratt at 737-4777 or Tracey Ellek at 737-3050, or call the Thunder Bay office of Easter Seals at 1-800-267-3778 or easterseals%23org|rharrison.   “ The event is growing with new ideas every year.”  said Rhonda Harrison. www.easterseals.org

Join us on Sunday, February 16, 2014 for the Annual Dryden Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids! This year’s event will take place at the Dryden Flying Club located at Olson’s Landing at 11:00 a.m. for registration, followed by a ride from 12 noon to 2 p.m. We are pleased to have the Dryden Power Toboggan Club and the Dryden Rotary Club as our partners again this year. The Family Day weekend has been designated a FREE PERMIT WEEKEND. To gain access, log on to the OFSC website at www.ofsc.on.ca and print a weekend permit. Bring this permit with you as it must be presented at our event and kept with you when you ride.   This year, participants can also register for the event and collect pledges from friends and family online. Visit snowarama.org to register and invite all your contacts to support you online. Should you require additional forms, contact Sunset Country Realty or The Rotary Club of Dryden. Funds raised at the 2014 Dryden Snowarama help provide children with physical disabilities with essential equipment needed for mobility and communication, as well as summer camping opportunities at Easter Seals’ two fully accessible camps. It can cost families an additional $10,000 to $40,000 a year to raise a child with a physical disability and most families can’t do it on their own. Your support is greatly appreciated. Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids is only successful with the generous support of the snowmobiling community. We sincerely hope we can count on your participation this year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Easter Seals Thunder Bay office at 1-800-267-3778 or easterseals%23org|rharrison. We look forward to seeing you on the trails!

Barry Lynch, Broker of Sunset Country Realty and  on the trail patrol  of Dryden Power Tobbagan Club.    “ Our main trail from Dryden  to Sioux Lookout is now open. I have been a Snowarama participant for over 30 years and won a Ski Doo MXZ  as a fundraiser  in a draw for all of Ontario.”   “ We want to get more pledges this year. There is lots of ridership but we need to get more pledges with more participation. This year is on the Family Day weekend so don't need the OFSC permit to ride. Our permits sales in Dryden have increased with 150 to 200 sold.”   “  We will have two rides between 1 or 2 hours in length south of Dryden with a long and short version. It will be a looped trail so everyone will be in 1 direction.”   “ We are optimistic on the economy in Dryden with Hydro One  building a new office, some mining activity and Alternative with premanufactured homes. They want to build some spec homes.   Easter Seals Ontario along with the Atikokan SnoHo and Kiwanis Club of Atikokan  are gearing up to host the 35th Annual Atikokan Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids on Saturday, January 25, 2014, kicking off the 2014 Snowarama season.   This year, participants can also register for the event and collect pledges from friends and family online. Visit snowarama.org to register and invite all your contacts to support you online. We invite you to be part of this year’s event, filled with a variety of fun, family-friendly activities throughout the day and night. This year’s festivities include a 100 km sled ride north to White Otter Castle, a hearty lunch and dinner at the Royal Canadian Legion, awards, auction and evening entertainment. If you have an item you would like to donate to the auction, please contact Val at 807-597-4389. Registration will take place at the SnoHo Chalet, O’Brien Street Charleson Pit on Saturday, January 25, beginning at 9 a.m. Participants are required to raise a minimum of $100, either pledged online or collected on the day of the event. Additional pledge forms can be downloaded from www.snowarama.org or are available by contacting the Easter Seals at 1-800-267-3778 ext. 4. Special Event permits will also be available for sledders from the SnoHo Club on the day of the event. Funds raised at the 2014 Atikokan Snowarama help provide children with physical disabilities with essential equipment needed for mobility and communication, as well as summer camping opportunities at Easter Seals’ two fully accessible camps. It can cost families an additional $10,000 to $40,000 a year to raise a child with a physical disability and most families can’t do it on their own. Your support is greatly appreciated. Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids would not be a success without the support of the snowmobiling community. We sincerely hope we can count on your participation this year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Twila from your local snowmobile club at 807-597-2422 or atikokaninfo%23com|snoho We look forward to seeing you on the trails! Rhonda Harrison, Easter Seals “ Atikokan holds one of the orginal Snowarama  events from when Whipper Billy Watson was involved. The Kiwanis and So Ho Clubs run the event. People come from all over NWOntario to this event and  it is one of the biggest in the province.”



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