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Skaneateles Ski Hill organization to host fundraiser Sept. 13

In just a few short months, members of the Skaneateles Ski Hill in Otisco will be prepping for a whole new season.

Before they can get ready for the snow to fly, though, they are asking the community to dig into their pockets and spend an evening on the Judge Ben Wiles for drinks and appetizers with the profits going to the group for improvements to the hills.

"It is member owned and I think sometimes that's misleading. ... It belongs to the community," said Andrea Corona, publicity chair. "It is supported financially though membership and donations."

As a member generated resource, fundraiser committee member Kristi Newton said the group is looking to resurrect old ski hill members and get as much of the community to help as they can during the Sept. 13 fundraiser. Committee members will be donating food and beverages for the open bar so proceeds can go directly to the revival of the ski hill.

"It's like a cocktail party on the Judge Ben Wiles," Corona said. She hopes the organization will be able to get enough people to come out for the event to fill the boat, or about 150 people.

According to Corona, the fundraising effort is critical to the ski hill as over the last few years the number of members has begun to dwindle and they don't have an answer as to why.

"If we don't raise the money and keep improving it, it won't be there much longer," she said. "We need a bigger commitment from the community. We are really hopeful that we can raise the money."

The ski hill community will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2009, which Corona said goes to show it has been around for a long time and sustained from member and community support.

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