ELKHART — Ice skating enthusiasts will have the opportunity to circle the rink at the Nibco Water and Ice Park in downtown Elkhart this week to raise money for charity.
Church Community Services' Great Skate fundraiser event has been rescheduled for Friday evening and skaters will have the opportunity to circle the rink to raise money for the organization's programs.
The event was originally scheduled to run for 12 hours from 6 p.m. Dec. 21 to 6 a.m. Dec. 22, has been shortened and rescheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 8.
Skaters will now skate until midnight, just half of the originally-scheduled time.
The Great Skate is the brainchild of Tim James, a volunteer who dreamed up the event in October after learning about CCS and seeing its needs for the winter season.
“A lot of people do walk-a-thons, so I said why not do a skate-a-thon?” James said. “I figured if I can't write them a check for $20,000 or $30,000, I'll do whatever I can to help raise that money for CCS.”
The client choice pantry at CCS provides 70 to 80 pounds of food to about 2,300 Elkhart County families each month, said Carol Willis, director of development for CCS.
“After January 1, giving really falls off but the need is still there. This [fundraiser] will be a good help for the coming winter months,” Willis said.
Funds from the Great Skate would also help CCS run the Seed to Feed program and offer financial assistance to prevent eviction and utility shutoff for low-income families.
Skaters can register for the event and collect pledges online or print off a donation form to seek pledges from family and friends.
There is no registration deadline and skaters can register up until the start of the event.
Admission is $30 in pledges for each skater.
The three skaters with the most sponsor donations will win prizes.
Skaters may bring their own skates or rent skates at the park.
Staff writers Ariel Ropp and Emily Pfund contributed to this report.