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BOEC's Inspirations
The Official Newsletter of the BOEC
January 13, 2021
Friend of BOEC,

All of us at BOEC want to wish you a very happy New Year and to share our hope for a healthy 2021. We are very grateful to each of you for your support during these challenging times as so many of you stepped forward to support BOEC and those we serve through our adaptive programs.  

As we look back on 2020 what we know to be true is that through thick and thin our community of friends and supporters have our back. You stepped forward to help us raise critically needed funds during both our first ever summer campaign and our year-end annual appeal, to help us account for loss of program revenues. The number of new donors who gave this year hit an all time high and the Tee It Up Golf Scramble raised a record amount. Banff Film Festival 2020 was also a record breaker welcoming close to 1500 guests over two nights to enjoy some great films and to support BOEC.  

In this month's issue of BOEC's Inspirations newsletter, we share stories about those who make BOEC what it is. We are excited to introduce you to one of BOEC's founders, Aris Sophocles, whose vision from the very beginning was to build something that would last. Aris wanted not only to provide access to outdoor adventure to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity, but to also teach young people to carry on that vision for many years to come. We are very grateful to Aris for his ongoing commitment to this organization and for continuing to play a key role to this day. We also share a story about one of our own amazing team members who is, in fact, a great example of Aris' vision. Claire DiCola came to BOEC 15 years ago fresh out of college and started as an intern to learn about adaptive sports. Claire epitomizes the young, dedicated, passionate team that makes BOEC what it is and today.

Gravity Haus is this month's Donor Spotlight and we are excited to announce a new corporate partnership with this growing company. An initial donation, partnership incentives and a company giving campaign were all the idea of Gravity Haus's CFO Kevin Kennedy whose own daughter Ainsley, is a participant in BOEC's adaptive ski program. Thank you Gravity Haus!

In closing, we want you all to know how very humbled we are by your kindness and generosity. Every amazing individual, foundation and organization who gave to BOEC this past year and through our year-end appeal has exceeded our expectations and for that we will be forever grateful. We enter 2021 with the hope that the challenges so many continue to face will soon be behind us and a commitment to ensuring that BOEC continues to provide access to life changing outdoor activities for those we serve for many years to come.

Take a look at this short video and see in person how thankful many members of the BOEC staff and board truly are:
Sonya Norris
Sonya Norris
Executive Director
Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center
The Pieces of the BOEC Puzzle Come Together: Dr. Aris Sophocles
As one of the BOEC's co-founders in 1976, little did Dr. Aris Sophocles know at the time that he would be instrumental as one of the key pieces of the puzzle that formed what the BOEC is now today. He has been part of the program since its inception, currently sits on the board, and even goes so far as to refer to the organization as his "oldest child." This is his story.
It's the People Who Make BOEC So Special: Claire DiCola, Associate Program Director
For 15 years, or most of her adult life, BOEC's Associate Program Director, Claire DiCola, has been a part of the BOEC family in one way or another. Starting as a winter intern in 2004 and quickly becoming part of the full-time staff two years later, Claire is as much the BOEC as the BOEC is her. Find out her story and why she decided to make this place her home in this month's blog.
DONOR SPOTLIGHT: Gravity Haus
January's Donor Spotlight recognizes Gravity Haus and its impactful dedication to the cause and mission of the BOEC. While Gravity Haus aims to create a sense of community for the modern adventurer through its unique lodging properties, it's the special attention paid to being inclusive of ALL adventurers, regardless of ability, that makes this partnership truly special. Read more about how this relationship came to fruition and just how extraordinary the people of Gravity Haus truly are.

Thank you to Agápē Roasting!

Beyond AGÁPĒ ROASTING PROJECT's beans being roasted locally in Denver and producing delicious coffee, BOEC is so grateful for their donation of 4th quarter proceeds of over $1000! Jen Baltz, AGÁPĒ ROASTING representative, is a BOEC volunteer and says, "Honestly, BOEC just makes us really happy so we are happy to give back!"

Thank you to AGÁPĒ ROASTING and everyone who purchased beans last quarter! Check out more about AGÁPĒ ROASTING by clicking the button below.

Banff Film Festival Moves Virtual!

Due to restrictions on group gatherings due to COVID-19, we will not be holding the Banff Film Festival this February, but be on the lookout for news of a summer screening. In the meantime, get your Banff fix virtually from the comfort of your own living room while still supporting BOEC. Just click on the box below to choose a single program or program bundle and enjoy this year's show.
BOEC and COVID-19
COVID-19: YOUR SAFETY IS OUR TOP PRIORITY!
The BOEC takes COVID-19 very seriously and your safety continues to be our top priority. Please visit the COVID page on our website to learn what we are doing for the safety of our participants, staff and volunteers, and how the upcoming adaptive ski & snowboard season will look a bit different this year.
THANK YOU TO OUR KEY PARTNERS
The mission of the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) is to expand the potential of people with disabilities and special needs through meaningful, educational and inspiring outdoor experiences.
BOEC is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit