Dodge Ridge Ski Resort hosts the 2011 Ski and Board-a-Thon March 5. The event is a celebration for those who raised funds to support the Winter Skiing Unlimited program of the Society for Handicapped Children and Adults. Supporters can even join the fundraiser this week to collect pledges.

The Winter Skiing Unlimited program provides opportunities for blind, deaf, paraplegic, quadriplegic, and developmentally delayed children and adults. The free program outfits participants with adaptive equipment and volunteer guides and instructors.

Participants in the fundraiser create personalized pages through First Giving.com website and collect pledges. Those who collect a minimum of $150 in pledges can join the Ski and Board-a-Thon celebration at Dodge Ridge.

The March 5 ski party features a free lift ticket for participants. "We try to make it a relaxing and rewarding day for folks who worked so hard to fund raise," event coordinator Brenna Butler Garcia told us. "It's a day of fun, lunch, awards, and a raffle. We're adding more activities this year such as a poker run and live music."

The fundraising event has even become a tradition for some who have turned into collectors of the Ski and Board-a-Thon T-shirts over the years. "We have old diehards involved and some newcomers, too," added Butler Garcia.

Last year's Ski and Board-a-Thon raised about $50,000. The Lord Stanley Cup trophy goes to the top-grossing team, long held by Team Winton Ireland.

Participants can still join in the fundraising this week. Those who qualify for the Ski and Board-a-Thon receive a free lift ticket for the day, an event T-shirt, a swag bag, a BBQ lunch, and a voucher to see the 2011 Warren Miller Film.

More information: event, pledging.

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Winter Skiing Unlimited gets skiers into adaptive gear and on the slopes with volunteer guides and coaches at Dodge Ridge. Photo: Society for Handicapped Children and Adults.