LAKE PLACID - The sixth annual Skate into the New Year will take place Tuesday at the Lake Placid Olympic Oval for those searching for a healthy, non-alcoholic event.
There will be music, bonfire, door raffles and sweet treats with volunteers pooled from the area skating clubs.
Conceived in 2007 by Christie Sausa of the Lake Placid Skate Shop, the first event took place in 2008 and has been going strong ever since. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority sponsors the ice time with food donations from Price Chopper, Starbucks and Hannaford. The Lake Placid Skate Shop will have some door prizes available for children.
"All the food and beverages are free, but people need to know that this is a family-friendly event, so no smoking or alcohol," said Christie's mother Linda Sausa, who is also owner of the Lake Placid Skate Shop. "This event started when Christie was working at the Oval and hearing from families that there just weren't a lot of New Year's Eve options for people that didn't want to go out to a bar. She also wanted to do something that would support the community."
The first year they had more than 500 people show up to skate on the Olympic Oval.
As a member of the Lake Placid Kiwanis Club and president of the Lake Placid Skating Club, Christie wanted to have a safe place for families to come and enjoy ice-skating.
With the New Year's Eve event happening after the Thanksgiving and Christmas rush, Christie discovered that the food pantry shelves needed restocking. Using an ice skating event to bring awareness for those in need seemed was a natural pairing. Now all the proceeds for Skating into the New Year go directly to the Lake Placid food pantry.
From 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Skating into the New Year offers a fun alternative for families. The cost for skating is $5 for adults. There is no cost for children. All students are free as long as they show a valid student ID. The one request is for everyone to bring a nonperishable food item.
"There is no budget and everyone just gives," Christie said. "Last year we collected over $1,000 plus all the nonperishable food. It was wonderful. We welcome everyone to come and celebrate skating outside at the Olympic Oval."
Skating into the New Year will take place no matter the weather.
For more information, call the Lake Placid Skate Shop at 518-302-5028.