Giving Back- operation warm
This winter, here at the Roanoke Ski Club, we made a commitment to make a difference in the local community. Our holiday fundraiser, Operation Warm, Coats for Kids Campaign, raised $2,539 and we provided 138 brand new winter coats to underprivileged Roanoke City School elementary school children. Below you will find local media coverage of our successful donation and meeting with Roanoke City School Superintendent, Dr. Rita Bishop.
The Roanoke Times
Jan. 4 2018: Front Page,Virginia Section
Marla Kemsey, president of the Roanoke Ski Club, gets her first look Wednesday at winter coats from Operation Warm with fellow ski club members Cary Hopper (left) and ski club board member Dave Cohan. Representatives of the ski club delivered 138 new coats for homeless Roanoke elementary school students to the city school district’s administrative central office on Douglass Avenue Northwest. The club raised $2,539 through their year-end holiday party at Hidden Valley Country Club, membership meetings and an online donation page to purchase the coats from Operation Warm, which provides new winter coats to children in need. “It seemed very appropriate that winter coats for children for the local schools was a great cause for us, being skiers and lovers of the winter weather,” Kemsey said. “And for some the winter weather isn’t as enjoyable as it should be. It was a way for helping all the kids enjoy the winter and providing a nice warm way to get to and from school.”
Jan 3 2018: Featured Story
More than 100 Roanoke City students will be a little warmer this winter thanks to the generosity of a local club. The Roanoke Ski Club began a fundraising effort this fall to purchase winter coats for kids in need. The club raised more than $2,000 which enabled them to buy 138 winter coats through the Operation Warm Foundation. The money was raised by club members at meetings and special events in the past few months. "It's heartbreaking and this is a really nice way, as I say, those of us who love the winter to pass along the nice warm feeling you get when you're outside in the snow as opposed to being something that is very stressful," said Marla Kemsey, president of the Roanoke Ski Club. The coats will be given to elementary students throughout Roanoke City.