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Support another kind of ski event

August 21, 2014
Editorial , Lake Placid News

We are itching to comment on the recent waterskiing tournament on Mirror Lake and are formulating our opinion on whether the event should be held again; however, a more timely ski event has caught our attention that needs plugging this week. It's a shindig.

Yes, a party, but not just any party, the New York Ski Educational Foundation's 30th summer Shindig set for the evening of Saturday, Aug. 23 at the Heaven Hill Farm on Bear Cub Lane.

This is NYSEF's biggest fundraiser, and it is needed in order for the Wilmington-based organization to keep providing world-class training for the region's Olympic hopefuls. All of the revenues go to support the athletes and programs.

NYSEF supports more than 400 athletes, and while not all of them will become Olympic medalists, there is a good possibility there will be a few. After all, their track record is impressive. Nine NYSEF alumni participated in the Sochi Winter Olympics alone, including Andrew Weibrecht, who won the silver medal in the giant-slalom; Bill Demong, who competed in nordic combined and won a silver and a gold medal during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games at Vancouver; ski jumper Peter Frenette; and biathletes Lowell Bailey, Tim Burke and Annelies Cook.

Please make plans to attend the Shindig on Saturday to support NYSEF and its young athletes. The benefit starts at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Open bar, dinner and a silent auction will be held until 8:30 p.m., when musical act Big Slyde begins its two-hour performance.

The event is open to people age 21 and older. Tickets may be purchased for $90 per person or $170 per couple at the door or in advance at, or call 518-946-7001.



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