Watch snowballs slide and you could win big Feb. 27

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Purchase snowballs and watch them slide during the Flagstaff Assistance League's Snowball Slide Feb. 27 at the west parking lot of Flagstaff City Hall. Enjoy winter festivities 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Snowballs roll at noon.

The snowballs will not be made of real snow, but the $2,000 grand prize will be cashed for real money in this unique game of chance. The cost is $10 per snowball, $25 for three snowballs, $50 buys seven snowballs and 15 snowballs cost $100. Snowballs cam be purchased through Feb. 26 at Cedar Closest Thrift Shop, 2919 N. West St., Flagstaff.

The snowball slide is one of the Assistance League's largest fundraisers of the year. Proceeds fund Operation School Bell, which clothed 1,174 children in 2009. Other service projects include a birthday celebration for residents of Ponderosa Pines Care, assault survivor kits, hug-a-bear to children, Kiddie Closet for providing layettes and supporting the Safe Child Center at Flagstaff Medical Center.

The Assistance League of Flagstaff is a local Chapter of the national philanthropic non-profit organization begun after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

"Just as our charter members did in 1978, we want to help our community by doing what philanthropy means - providing the funds we needed for humanitarian purposes," said Pat Monson, president of the all-volunteer chapter.

For the first time, a pancake breakfast will be offered 7-11 a.m. Feb. 27 at Federated Community Church, 400 W. Aspen, Flagstaff. The cost is $5 per person or $20 for families of four or more. Tickets can be purchased from any Alpine Auxiliary member or at the Cedar Closet Thrift Shop 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

"We enjoy the camaraderie of each other while we work hard on a project to help in our community," said Lauri Gardner, who is in charge of the pancake breakfast.

Alpine Auxiliary members are seeking donations for 21 prizes for lottery-type winners along with donations of merchandise for raffle baskets. Tickets for the raffle baskets will be available for sale the day of the event.

"We hope for a lot of good weather," said Annette Rehn, chairman of the Snowball Slide Committee. "We need all the help we can get from our members and their families and friends to set up before, during the slide itself, sell raffle tickets and just cheer the Snowball Slide on."

To find out how you can help or to make a donation, call Cedar Closet at (928) 779-3029.

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