As we enter into the month of November, it seems only fitting that we express our profound gratitude to our thoughtful and generous donors. In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, this month’s Donor Spotlight shines light on the 392 generous donors who gave to the BOEC during our 2021-2022 Holiday Giving Campaign last year! The BOEC is focused on raising much-needed funds to support our mission to help anyone, regardless of cognitive or physical ability level, no matter the circumstance, to rekindle their spirit in the heart of the rocky mountains with our adaptive outdoor recreation programming. We recognize that your continued generosity makes these efforts successful, year after year. So, this month we celebrate YOU, our amazing donors!

Thanks to your willingness to give during the holiday giving campaign last year, the BOEC received a record breaking $589,000!  Every year, funds received throughout November, December, and January make up approximately 30% of the BOEC’s annual fundraising goal, and every gift from each individual, household, or organization is received with great appreciation.

A few unique stats from last year’s Holiday Giving Campaign illustrate where our donors are from and who they are:

  • Donations came from 44 states with 58% from Colorado and 34% from Summit County
  • 65 people donated for the first time
  • 195 donors gave two years in a row
  • 27 donors gave over $2,500
  • 99% gave to general operations

BOEC’s main focus is the physical and emotional security for all who come to BOEC. BOEC custom designs courses and lessons to help participants feel safe, comfortable, and encourage positive communication. Both the adaptive ski and snowboard lessons and wilderness courses require a high level of engagement with parents, guardians, family, educators, agency staff, participants and BOEC staff, volunteers, and interns.

We are grateful to all our partners who have been involved in navigating the reopening of BOEC at full capacity this year, while keeping within the safety constraints we’ve all come to know. BOEC’s Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program was able to operate at 85% capacity last season (up from 50% capacity in 2020-21). The Wilderness Program adapted to a responsible winter wilderness curriculum in order to provide access to overnight programs and we welcomed new and returning partners for a full summer of programming.  We were excited to welcome back a full complement of interns with 15 for winter of 2021-22 and 12 this summer- many of whom are continuing as ski instructors this season!  We are optimistic that our 2022-23 programming will be at 100% capacity and recognize that the support YOU give will make this possible!

Cecilia and her parents, Ellie and Billy Bennett, pose for a picture at BOEC

Please keep a lookout in your inbox or mailbox for our Holiday Card in the coming days. This year you will meet ski participant Cecilia the courageous young lady born with Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, an extremely rare condition with lifelong physical and cognitive challenges. For Cecilia, and over 2,500 others we serve every year, we create personal outdoor experiences that help challenges fade away to bright smiles like hers. And for that we could not be more grateful . Click here to read how your support makes a positive impact to Cecilia and the 2500 other individuals we serve a year.

Your donations are essential to BOEC operations so we can continue to expand the potential of people with disabilities and special needs through meaningful, inspirational, and educational outdoor experiences.

We thank you for your continued support this year and every year! Happy Holidays!

Here are a few statistics of what you helped us accomplish last year during the Holiday Giving Campaign