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Skate into New Year appreciates support

January 10, 2020
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

What a Skate into 2020 it was! We rang in the New Year on the Olympic Speedskating Oval with over 200 students and nearly 150 adults, raising nearly $800 for the Lake Placid Food Pantry.

This is the 12th year of this event, and I can honestly say it keeps getting better. Every year, regardless of the attendance, I hear from at least one family that it has been their family tradition since the beginning, or a new one they have grown to love. I also feel fortunate to provide a place for students, families, and people of all ages to enjoy the New Year in a family setting, at an old-fashioned skating party.

I would like to sincerely thank the Olympic Regional Development Authority management for continuing to donate the ice for this event and for their cooperation and staffing to ensure it can happen. Our sponsors also deserve a lot of thanks: Compass Printing Plus for their excellent posters, Price Chopper for paper goods and their endless support, and Hannaford for the cookies and other treats for the hospitality table. The greatest mention goes to Stewart's #227, which saved the day by providing hot chocolate when our previous sponsor was unable to at the last minute. Not only did they mix the hot chocolate with less than three hours to go before the event, but they also provided coffee and tea, which was quickly consumed. Thank you, Kateri and John, for your support and assistance!

I'd also like to thank my skating friends who work (in some cases as volunteers) every year to ensure Skate into New Year goes smoothly for the past 12 years. A big shout out to Joan Goldthwait, a local speedskater who has served as "hospitality manager" since the very first year; she drives from Saranac Lake to help us out and we couldn't be more grateful. Many thanks to Robin Miller, who still worked in the box office after being at the Oval since noon that day, Mike Miller for ice maintenance and serving as staff, Anne Bennett for skate rentals, and Cory Detwiler and Warren Clark for skate guarding and general assistance. Another shout out to Michael Bartow for volunteering as a skate guard and general helper and driving from Potsdam to help. Last, I'd like to thank my mom Linda for selling tickets with Robin in the box office and helping organize the last minute details.

Since this is a fundraiser where everything is donated by local businesses, all proceeds will go directly to the food pantry to helping them restore the depleted shelves after the holidays. I look forward to Skating into 2021 this year and keeping this tradition alive. Thank you for supporting us!


Christie Sausa

Founder, Skate into New Year

Lake Placid



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