ACR Health’s Ninth Annual Sled for RED Cardboard Sledding Derby will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Four Seasons Golf & Ski Center in Fayetteville, New York, at 4:00 p.m.
All proceeds from Sled for RED support ACR Health’s mission to create healthy communities by stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, leading the charge for LGBTQ equality and the fight to end addiction and poverty.
The Sled for RED fundraiser features a variety of competitions for each team of five brave cardboard sled snow bunnies—the fastest sled, the slowest sled, the loudest cheer team, the highest fundraiser, the best decorated sled, most social team, and the best team costume.
After the Derby, a “Snow Tubing Party” follows the Derby at $15 per person, or revelers may stay inside the heated tent and enjoy warm beverages. There will be a food and beer sampling for $10 per person, $5 for ages 10 and younger (no beer for the youngsters). For the first time this year, partiers can enjoy roasting marshmallows and making S’mores at a fire pit area sponsored by Wegmans grocery stores.
Adults can also savor the “Best Wintry Drink” competition. This contest challenges bartenders from local bars and restaurants to design a new winter libation. Contestants pay a $150 registration fee and supply their own ingredients for their concoctions, and Sled for RED participants sample the drinks and vote for their favorite new winter libation. Bells Brewery will be sampling some of their seasonal favorites from behind a custom-made drink-chilling ICE BAR.
Established in 1983, ACR Health is a not-for-profit, community-based organization that provides support services to individuals affected by a wide range of chronic diseases, including HIV/AIDS, through their syringe exchange, a Drug User Health Hub, a network of Q Centers and support groups. Q Center programming seeks to promote equality, celebrate diversity, and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and stigma. A legacy of AIDS Community Resources, ACR Health serves the counties of Cayuga, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence in New York State.
Sled for RED registration begins at 4:00 p.m. on February 2, 2019. The Cardboard Sledding Derby begins promptly at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Best Wintry Drink competition, marshmallow-roasting and S-more-making, food and beverage sampling inside the heated tent, and a Snow Tubing Party on the slopes.
For more information or to register, call 315-475-2430 or visit www.ACRHealth.org.
—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.