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GSIL Skate a Thon. Courtesy photo.




1st annual GSIL Skate-a-Thon

When: Saturday, March 11, 4 to 8 p.m.
Where: John F. Kennedy Memorial Coliseum, 303 Beech St., Manchester
Cost: $10 per person, $15 per couple, or $25 per family of four; skates are available for rental for an additional $3
Visit: gsil.org/skate




Skate night
Granite State Independent Living hosts fundraising Skate-a-Thon

03/09/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 The first annual Granite State Independent Living Skate-a-Thon will take place at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Coliseum in Manchester on Saturday, March 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. and will include open ice skating, demonstrations, a DJ, food and games. 

“I’ve been a figure skating coach for 35 years and I’ve done Skate-a-Thons in the past, so we thought, why don’t we try it as a fundraising event for GSIL?” said Teri Nordle of the Southern New Hampshire Skating Club, who proposed the idea for the event.
All proceeds will benefit home care and disability support programs at GSIL.
Tickets can be purchased either at the door or in advance online. If you pay in advance, you will receive three pledge sheets for fundraising — one for yourself and two to give away to others. Skaters who return the pledge sheets at the registration table at the Skate-a-Thon are eligible for different prizes and giveaways depending on how much money is raised, like free food, T-shirts and access to games for the duration of the event.
Activities at the Skate-a-Thon will include an open ice skating party complete with a DJ and games on the ice, like Four Corners, and “Icesketball,” a version of basketball played on ice skates.
“We’re also going to have glow skating for about a half hour or so, when all the lights will be turned off and we’ll have glow-in-the-dark sticks that are up,” GSIL Marketing and Communications Manager Jen Carrigg said.
Members of the Southern New Hampshire Skating Club will be there to offer live skating demonstrations and performances.
“Everyone will be taking their breaks so that people at the Skate-a-Thon will also have the opportunity to watch some skaters who are working on the professional level,” she said. “Some of them will also be offering lessons in basic skating skills, so people who have never skated before and want to learn will be able to work in small groups with professional coaches [from the club] who will help them get up on the ice.”
Also planned are penny sale drawings to take place about every 15 minutes, with chances to win anything from small prizes like GSIL-branded hats, knapsacks and other gear to larger winnings like cash prizes and free skating sessions.
Pizza and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. Skate rentals are also available onsite for $3 per person.
GSIL has nine offices throughout the state and holds several other fundraising events throughout the year, including comedy nights, the annual Hoops on Wheels wheelchair basketball tournament in May, and the Chipping in FORE! Independence golf tournament in September.
“What you’ll find [at the Skate-a-Thon] is a great family event … and our goal is to bring families together to raise community awareness for people with disabilities and to hopefully make it an annual event for GSIL,” Nordle said. 





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