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Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in General | 0 comments

With Gratitude

We are grateful for your support all year long, whether it’s reading our posts, attending our events, participating in the Outside INitiative or training for a vision not yet realized. Our success is a reflection of your caring, compassion and drive to support women and girls who want to live the dream. In addition, we are grateful for your financial investment over the years. It is critical as we support these opportunities for dreamers, big and small. There are several ways you can help us make a difference. We are happy to provide a King Soopers card to you. You may use this card to buy groceries and gas at designated stations. It’s easy and there is no cost to you. If you are interested, please send us a message and we’ll get a card (and instructions) to you. Also, if you shop on Amazon, please designate us as your nonprofit of choice when using Amazon Smile. http://www.smile.amazon.com Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you can make an old school contribution....

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Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in General | 0 comments

Wine for a Reason 2017 Thank You

A big shout out to all of our attendees, donors, sponsors, and partners.  You made our event possible and successful.  We appreciate all of your support and generosity.  Thanks to you we will continue to create and fund rewarding experiences for women and girls. A special word of gratitude to Ashley Vaughters, sommelier, for guiding us through a tasting of wines made by immigrants.  We thank April Montoya-Collis for inspiring us with her courage and competitive drive as she works toward her goals in the sport of skeleton sledding.  We thank Ana Lara-Roca for facilitating an Outside INitiative exercise for all of us and for her ongoing commitment to the Outside IN program.  For donations of merchandise, we thank: Arc’teryx Ibex Denver Joy Wine and Spirits King Soopers Topo Designs Trader...

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in General | 0 comments

Deon- A Testimonial

  Vulnerability seems to come in many different forms and iterations.  For some of us, it may be the challenge of spending a night in the woods with unfamiliar sounds and bugs. For others, it means extending ourselves beyond what has become comfortable to connect with the lives of others. When I met up with Deon Gillespie, the first question I asked her was “what did you get out of the Outside INitiative?”  Her immediate response was “the opportunity not to feel isolated.”  After probing a bit more, I learned that for Deon, the single mother of an adopted daughter, life had become an adventure into the unknown.   I also learned that spending a night in a yurt was the least of her challenges. Deon readily acknowledged the paradox of being such an outgoing person, and living in the isolation that can accompany the life of an adoptive parent.  In a voice that emanated strength, Deon shared that her life had left her little room to build community, although...

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Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in General | 0 comments

Melissa – A Testimonial

  Mt.Rainier looms 14,410 feet above the Washington landscape located within its namesake Mt.Rainier National Park, just southeast of Seattle. As the most glaciated peak in the continental United States, as well as an active volcano, ascending Mt.Rainier is no small feat. It is considered one of the most challenging endurance climbs in the United States and a trek to the top of this mountain takes plenty of planning, dedication and determination. Melissa first saw Mt.Rainier off in the distance while on a plane flying into Seattle and knew it was a mountain she wanted to conquer, immediately adding it to her bucket list. Growing up climbing mountains in Colorado and in places like Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia through college and early adulthood, Melissa was plenty experienced. She knew however, that the conditions of Mt.Rainier would require both physical and mental strength beyond what she had faced in past climbs. Preparation for this trip began in January 2014, nearly seven months prior to the planned date of the trip. The...

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