Ski-a-thon to help a good cause

Published 11:19 pm Wednesday, September 23, 2009

To have a great time on the water and help fight spinal muscular atrophy at the same time, make it to the 11th annual Haley Mitchell Ski-a-thon Oct. 3.

The event will be held Oct. 3 at Beaver Lake in Gates County, N.C. from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The public is invited, and admission is free.

The slalom tournament works like a charity walk-a-thon, but participants compete in a water ski tournament instead of walking. Skiers are asked to raise sponsorships in their communities to support their participation.

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In addition to skiing, Ricky Braddy of American Idol fame will perform live on Saturday afternoon. Over live music and a silent auction also will be available.

Skiers will raise money for Families of SMA, the national organization that is primarily responsible for raising research funds to find a cure for the inherited disease, which causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness, eventually leading to death. The Haley Mitchell Ski-a-thon has raised more than $325,000 for SMA research in its 10-year history.

Beaver Lake is located on Highway 13/158, two miles north of the Chowan River Bridge in Gates County. For more information, call 252-312-9187.