The Ski Freeze was dreamed up 38 years ago on a dare (and winter boredom) from some of the founding members of the River City Ski Club. It was initially held on Kilowatt Lake in North Memphis. Later, it moved to the Wolf River channel between Mud Island and the Cobblestones. Only once did the Ski Freeze not take place exactly on New Year’s Day, when the water had iced over in Wolf River. It was subsequently moved to a private lake in February.
After a few years, the River Ski Club decided to have their crazy antics become a community oriented event and started each year to raise funds for non-profits. In 1988, they chose the Dream Factory of Memphis as their charity of choice and it has remained that way ever since. The Dream Factory of Memphis is a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization that grants dreams to critically and chronically ill children ages three through eighteen.
In 2007, the River City Ski Club was closed. Fortunately, the Collierville Ski Club was formed that same year and has been the sponsor and key organizer of this event. Some of the original skiers from 35 years ago are in this club and participate annually in the Ski Freeze.
Over the years, Ski Freeze has raised over $250,000 for the Dream Factory. Each year, the Dream Factory selects a child to receive their dream from the funds raised at this event. The event is open to the public. If you are a skier or not, we invite you to come down and be a part of the day’s activities. Whether you want to cheer on the participants, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate, or bid on some of our great auction items, there is something for everyone to do.
Please allow me to introduce you to Garrett W. He is a 12 year old from Memphis,
who is diagnosed with Tuberous Sclerosis. It is a rare multi-system genetic disease
that causes non-malignant tumors to grow in the brain and on other vital organs such
as the kidneys, heart, eyes, lungs, and skin causing many symptoms including seizures.
Garrett's dream is to visit Orlando Florida in 2014 to visit many of the theme parks in the area. The proceeds from this year's Ski Freeze will be used to grant Garrett's dream. We hope you'll come downtown to the Mud Island boat ramp to join us for this year's Ski Freeze!
Ski Freeze Co-Coordinator
SPONOSRED BY: COLLIERVILLE SKI CLUB
WHAT: 37th Annual Ski Freeze
WHEN: Wednesday, January 1, 2014
WHERE: Mud Island Boat Ramp
TIME: Registration at 10:30 A.M. Skiing 11:00 Until Finished
WHO: Anyone interested in water skiing, wakeboarding, or bare footing
$30 Donation: Includes pulls from boat and t-shirt. Skiers are encouraged to get pledges for their skiing to raise even more.
WHY: To benefit The Dream Factory of Memphis, a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization dedicated to granting dreams to critically and chronically ill children age three through eighteen.
PRIZES: All participants will receive a ski freeze t-shirt
"Thank you for your donation to the Dream Factory. The Dream Factory of Memphis is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Since no goods or services were received in exchange for your declared contribution, 100% of your donation should be deductible for tax purposes per the Internal Revenue Service. For any questions regarding deductibility for this contribution, please consult your tax advisor."