Midnight Madness Skate-a-thon yields over $5K

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Last month the members and students of the Denali Ice Club took to the ice at the Soldotna Sports Center from midnight to 2:00AM to raise funds to cover expenses for the coming year. They called it the Midnight Madness Skate-a-thon, and when the last sleepy skater cleared the ice, they had totaled up $5,364.61 from local sponsors. "Since then an additional $180 in sponsor money has been received and a little more still may come in," said June Warta of the Denali Ice Club. "We are very proud of the kids, their dedicated families, and the fabulous sponsors that made the event such a great success," added Warta. One student, Lauren Olendorff, who joined the Club just 48 hours prior to the skate-a-thon, still managed to sign up more than 10 sponsors.

The Denali Ice Club is a local non-profit group dedicated to providing ice time and an abundance of performance opportunities for your figure skaters on the Peninsula. The Club is a local chapter of the U.S. Figure Skating Association and presently has over 30 members all of whom compete locally, around the state and some even in the lower 48, according to Warta.

To show their appreciation the Club is hosting the third annual "Will Skate for Food" benefit Thursday, November 8th, at 7:00pm at the Soldotna Sports Center, with all proceeds being donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. The popular event features a wonderful display of local skating talent for the admission price of a canned or dry food item collected at the door. Past events have yielded over 2,000 pounds of food for the local food bank to assist families during the upcoming holiday season. The Club encourages the community to turn out for an excellent show as well as a chance to assist those in need. For further information contact June Warta at 262-6756

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