SNOWMOBILERS EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF WINTERAT THE 9TH ANNUAL GRAND PORTAGE LODGE AND CASINO SNOWARAMA FOR EASTER SEALS KIDS
Thunder Bay, ON, January, 2012- Snowmobilers will hit the trails on Saturday, February 4, 2012 for the Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids. Now in its 9th year at Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, this annual event encourages winter enthusiasts to raise funds to support children and youth with physical disabilities and has become one of the most successful winter season fundraisers for Easter Seals Ontario.
The Grand Portage Lodge and Casino Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids attracts snowmobilers from across northwestern Ontario and Minnesota to Grand Portage to enjoy some of the finest groomed trails in northern Minnesota, located 45 minutes from Thunder Bay. All Snowarama participants will be invited to enjoy a complimentary spaghetti supper and dancing in the evening featuring Bed of Roses, a Bon Jovi Tribute Band. 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. The event is generously sponsored by Grand Portage Lodge and Casino, the Grand Portage Trail Riders, and the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.
“Snowarama continues to be a phenomenal success each year because it combines enthusiasm for an exhilarating winter activity with support for a worthy cause on a community-wide level,” says Carol Lloyd, President & CEO, Easter Seals Ontario.
Funds raised at Snowarama help children with physical disabilities achieve their potential and independence. 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. For the past 90 years, Easter Seals Ontario has provided families of children with physical disabilities financial assistance for expensive mobility and communication devices such as walkers, braces, and wheelchairs, Easter Seals camps, and alternative recreational programs.
To participate or donate call Rhonda Harrison at 807-345-7622 or visit www.snowarama.org.
Much of Ontario has already seen snowflakes and that is a good sign for the people who really know how to enjoy snow, Ontario’s snowmobile clubs. And what better way to partake in winter then by participating in a Snowarama for Easter Seals kids. Easter Seals is proud to be an Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) charity of choice.
Local clubs and people from the community raise pledges to help kids with physical disabilities and flock to ride the picturesque OFSC groomed snowmobile trails across Ontario. Snowarama events in the past 35 years have raised over $16.3 million for Ontario’s children and youth with physical disabilities, with the help of local clubs and strong community support. There is still much more to do and your community can help.
2012 SNOWARAMA FOR EASTER SEALS KIDS fact sheet
¨ The annual Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids is the largest and most renowned snowmobiling fundraising activity in Ontario.
¨ Easter Seals is proud to be an Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) charity of choice.
¨ Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids marks its 37th year in 2012.
¨ With the help of local clubs and strong community support, Snowarama events have raised over $ 16.3 million for Ontario’s Easter Seals kids.
¨ Founded by the famous wrestler Whipper Billy Watson in 1975, Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids raised over $130,000 in its first year, with 12 events across Ontario.
¨ Today Snowarama attracts 1,000 participants and volunteers each year, in nearly 20 communities throughout Ontario.
¨ Local clubs and people from the community raise pledges for Easter Seals and flock to ride the picturesque OFSC groomed snowmobile trails across Ontario. Nordic ski events are held at some locations.
¨ Each local Snowarama will feature their own unique event highlights such as breakfast, a barbecue and hot chocolate stops throughout the day to refresh and refuel the committed participants.
¨ OFSC is a non-profit, volunteer driven organization, mandated by its member clubs to act on a provincial level for the greater good of organized snowmobiling. For more information about the OFSC visit www.ofsc.ca.