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We are experiencing a tremendous amount of joy this festive season and invite you to join us!

Challenge Aspen programs have returned to full operation levels with many safety measures in place for this recovery year. We also have the honor of welcoming new volunteers who are sharing their time to give the inspiration and support that positively impacts the lives of our participants living with disabilities.

As the holiday gift giving season continues, I ask that you consider including Challenge Aspen in your philanthropic plan for 2021. There is still time to support our Annual Appeal, which is essential to funding REC and CAMO programs for the remainder of this ski season. We are proud to continue to earn a 4 star rating with Charity Navigator with an overall giving confidence score of 94.47, signaling that your donations will directly support our local and visiting participants. Thank you for committing to our mission, and ensuring our participants can celebrate newfound abilities that support both physical and mental wellness. Click here to donate!
 
Ways to give:
  • Corporate sponsorship and brand opportunities
  • Honorary and memorial tribute gifts
  • Matched gifts in your workplace
  • Donated stocks and securities
  • Inclusion in your will or living trust
  • Donor advised funds
  • Beneficiary designations
  • Purchase equipment from our wish list
Lindsay Cagley
CEO
Looking to Donate Skis? We Need Them!
Challenge Aspen is searching for:
  • 3 pairs of shorter (around 142cm) parabolic skis for our Apprentice Pro’s
  • 2 pairs of longer (160 or 170cm) parabolic skis
Please call 970.923.0578 or stop by our office if you have skis to donate. Thank you!
Tennessee School for the Blind
This week, Challenge Aspen hosted high school seniors from Tennessee School for The Blind for an adventurous week of skiing and local activities. These never-ever students skied for 3 days with our Pros and Apprentice Pros and made incredible progress! TSB has been participating with Challenge Aspen for over 20 years and kicks off our winter season with smiles and celebrations.
Upcoming Happenings
Sensory Santa:
December 21st and 22nd
 Individuals with disabilities are invited to the Collective in Snowmass Base Village on December 21st and 22nd from 4pm-5pm for a special holiday event; Sensory Santa! This sensory-friendly meet and greet event reduces over-stimulation for those who may be sensitive to certain environments. Crafts and games will also be available.

To sign-up for Sensory Santa and for more information, click here!
Dark Milk White Chocolates Fundraiser: Month of January
Challenge Aspen is excited to partner with Dark Milk White Chocolates, a customizable chocolate business whose goal is to provide customers with personalized chocolate bark using dark, milk, or white chocolate with over 36 toppings to choose from! DMW will be donating 20% of proceeds for the entire month of January back to Challenge Aspen!

Click here for chocolate deals!
New Retail
Challenge Aspen has all your holiday gift-shopping needs. Swing by our office, located in the Snowmass Village Mall, to check out our retail and shop to support people with disabilities!
Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities (CAMO) Programming
 In the past 5 years, CAMO has worked hard to find the balance between enough demand that we don’t struggle to fill available retreat spots, yet keeping our programs under the radar of the large national organizations so we don’t have to tell too many veterans no. We have been successful in that endeavor and CAMO has a good reputation in the disabled veteran community for offering quality programming.
 
This year, we have seen a large uptick in the numbers of veterans applying for program spots and we may be close to the tipping point of having to tell many veterans there is no room for them to attend a CAMO retreat. There are a number of factors creating the increased demand: 1) there are many non-profits struggling to keep their doors open; and the number of grantors targeting disabled veterans in their community giving guidelines is as small as it was before the pandemic (2) a few of the larger national organizations (such as Wounded Warrior Project and Team Semper Fi Fund) have “officially” spread the word among their databases that we are still running programs (3) most VA’s closed their doors to services, including adaptive recreation, from March 2020 until August 2021; so many disabled veterans are looking for any opportunity to recreate outside with their battle buddies and comrades. 
 
I see this as a great opportunity for us! With increased demand, we have to think about how we might adapt to the need, and funding is always the bottom line. How do we increase funding to meet the demand for programs? As we move into this holiday season of giving, I hope we can increase our reach and create new opportunities for supporters interested in continuing our mission. I hope 2022 brings everyone a renewed spirit of togetherness. And that we don’t forget there are still thousands of veterans with disabilities CAMO can create opportunities for.

For more information on CAMO or to give to CAMO Programming, click here or contact CAMO Director, John Klonowski.
Want to Volunteer with Challenge Aspen?
We have been busy getting our volunteers ready to help on the hill and are half-way done with our scheduled volunteer trainings.

We are looking for 2-4 volunteers December 21st and 22nd for our first-ever Sensory Santa event to assist with check-in and arts and crafts.
 
A huge thanks to all of our volunteers who have participated in this season’s training! 

It's not too late! If you are still interested in volunteering, please email Erin.
Welcome Our Newest Board Member, Beth!
Beth Wojick initially spent 16 years in events and marketing and later as the CEO, for the Seafair Festival in Seattle. She is credited with negotiating with the FAA to move the US Navy Blue Angels back over Lake Washington among other major accomplishments. 

She was the first (female) Director of Corporate Marketing in all of Major League Baseball starting in 1993 for the Mariners, and was later recruited to the Seattle Seahawks as VP of Corporate Partnerships.

In 2008, Beth was recruited and became the CEO for Special Olympics Washington State. In this role, she brought their annual budget from $3.5M to $7M and introduced the first-ever in-school unified sports program.
 
Beth and her husband, John, now split their time between Seattle and Snowmass Base Village where they plan spend their winters for the foreseeable future and ski as many days as possible. They are also avid hikers, and made sure to visit during peak fall foliage. 
 
WELCOME, BETH!
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-Alpine Bank Loyalty Program
-Got Stock? Make a gift to Challenge Aspen through Planned Giving today. Email Development and Marketing Manager, Emily Zeis for details.
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PO Box 6639, Snowmass Village Mall #309, Snowmass Village, CO 81615






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