Jacksonville Club donates funds so deaf and blind students can ski

Jacksonville Club donates funds so deaf and blind students can ski
Jacksonville Ski Club Board members (red shirts) Bianca Roos, Karen Clarke, Ashley Dopf, Sonia Cardoos and Kathy Lawton join Jennifer Enache and students from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind during the Ski Club’s annual meeting Aug. 18 at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant at the Town Center.

Thanks to the generosity of the Jacksonville Ski Club, a student or two from the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind will have an opportunity to hit the slopes this winter.

Bianca Roos, president of the Jacksonville Ski Club, presented a check for $3,200 to Jennifer Enache of the school during the club’s annual meeting at Maggiano’s Little Italy restaurant Aug. 18.

Each year the St. Augustine school takes between 10 and 20 students to mountains in the northern or western regions of the United States to experience snow and try their hand at the sport, said Jim Arre, a ski club board member. The cost per student to take the trip is between $2,000 and $3,000 and is only funded by donations. The Jacksonville Ski Club donated $2,000 and then raised the balance of its gift with a raffle and silent auction during its annual meeting, he said.

Last year the students traveled to Vermont to ski at Bolton Valley Ski Resort.  

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