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Fundraiser in Ronald to benefit snow park, Ecuadorian school

Elizabeth Glavish, Staff Reporter - January 30, 2013

Those looking for a way to kill some time this weekend before Super Bowl Sunday can rev up their engines for the inaugural Snowmobile Raffle Run on Saturday.

The raffle is hosted by Kittitas County Rotary Club and serves as a fundraiser to benefit Kittitas County Parks and Recreation, and Rotary’s youth organization, Interact.

Hosted at the Last Resort in Ronald and sponsored by Upper Kittitas Rotary and I-90 Motorsports in Issaquah, the event consists of a series of checkpoints.

Snowmobilers are given a raffle ticket which enters them in the prize drawing at the end of the day. Grand prizes include $1,000, $750 and $500 Visa gift cards, and various items donated by local businesses and participating vendors.

“This event is a 100 percent fun, leisurely, family event,” said Jodi Snyder, president of Upper Kittitas Rotary and Cle Elum resident. “This is not a race.”

The money raised through the event registration will be filtered back through the community to benefit children’s activities, such as after school programs. A portion of those funds will also be awarded to Kittitas County Parks and Recreation to help expand the Cle Elum snow park by clearing trails and parking spaces.

Rotary’s youth organization, Interact, is also using the raffle as a fundraising opportunity.

Interact is made up of local middle school children whose mission is to volunteer within their community and raise awareness for local projects.

This year, Interact has taken on its first international service project through the organization Free the Children. Based in Canada, Free the Children works to educate, engage and empower children throughout the world.

Interact is currently raising money to build a school in San Miguel, Ecuador. San Miguel has a population of 1,500, including 500 children, but no education program. Interact wants to change that, and has already raised $6,000 of the $8,500 needed to make the school a possibility.

“It has been a lot of fun learning about who we are raising money for and how it will benefit them,” said 14-year-old Sarah Zabik, president of Interact.

Interact will be selling chili and hot chocolate by donation to raise money for the school, and hopes to raise between $200 and $500 toward their goal.

For those without a snowmobile, sleds are available for rental from several locations, including Cascade Playtime, which is right across the street from the event. Be warned, all sleds need to be registered or there is a risk of citation. Parking at the event is limited and carpooling is highly recommended.

The event is Saturday, with registration from 8-11:30 a.m. Registration is $20, which includes five raffle tickets. The event is hosted at The Last Resort, which is located at 14254 Salmon La Sac Road Ronald, Wash.

For more information on the event, call Jodi Snyder at 509-304-4651.

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