Wednesday, October 28, 2009
We started out a bit late, with clinics beginning around 6. Oskar Blues beer and food from Sherpas and Whole Foods was served around that same time, as well as wine generously donated by Market Square Liquor and chai donated by Third Street Chai. Lynn Hill's fun and engaging presentation began around 8 or so. She showed video footage of an early ascent with Beth Bennett, along with footage of the Nose, and then, finally and most hilarious, a clip of her night on David Letterman. I always love when Lynn speaks because she captures everyone's attention within minutes. All she has to do is start talking and showing slides, and people stop what they are doing to watch. I want to extend a special thanks to Lynn for helping us out! She also taught a clinic, which received great reviews. I wish I could have taken it, but I was running around like a madwoman trying to answer questions every 2 minutes or so. Madness. But fun madness.
After Lynn's show, Heidi did a very short presentation on Girls Ed, and then Malcolm Daly, owner of Great Trango Holdings, led the Live Auction bidding. He was hilarious. He interviewed each of the athletes present and managed to get the audience to bid a minimum of $100 per athlete, but in some cases close to $300. Go Mal!
The silent auction opened when the doors opened. Few people bid initially, but by the end of the evening we had close to 100 people bidding, and that brought in a huge chunk of cash. Malcolm Daly and Isaac Savitz made the highest bid for Janet Guenther's painting of Jonny Copp with the Indian Guru. Thanks to all three of you!
Last but not least, Patrick Megeath, aka Dirt Monkey, played incredible music all night. The evening ended around midnight with volunteers still enthusiastically helping clean and put stuff away, while boogying to Dirt Monkey's beats.
Oh yeah, and I must not forget to let everyone know that this was a very low-waste event. We used all corn-based, compostable cups and utensils as well as compostable napkins and paper plates. We also recycled all the beer cans, Izze bottles, and pretty much everything. My truck is completely packed with stuff (and is also now totally covered with snow because of this monster snowstorm that just hit the Front Range). Thanks to Eco-Cycle for providing the zero-waste bins for free.
Special thanks to Eric Noll and Carolyn McHale for putting a ton of time into the event. We really appreciate your efforts!
Also, special thanks to our title sponsors...
The North Face has been a long-time supporter of Girls Education International, consistently donating high-dollar items for our silent auctions. In fact, they have donated the most high-dollar items to Girls Ed since we started. The North Face rocks!
The Spot Gym not only donated their space and their employees, but they also donated some money for silent and live auction items. Thanks so much Dan Howley, Jackie, Alex, Andrew, Brett, and Ashley Woods. You guys and gals are amazing and generous, and you have a rockin' bouldering gym!
Oskar Blues has been supportive of Girls Ed for the last year, supplying beer on a small scale to meetings and small parties. We welcome them on board as larger donors. Thanks especially to their marketing guy, Chad Melis. He served the beer and auctioned himself off, bringing $120 in to Girls Ed. Lucky winner Kevin McGarvey will be spending an afternoon with him mountain biking and then touring the Oskar Blues Brewery and drinking beer.
Thanks also to the following volunteers and athletes!
Justin Voorhees, who is the CFO for Girls Ed, and Brook helped out throughout the evening.
Madaleine Sorkin auctioned herself off, raising $225 for Girls Ed, and she taught a clinic and helped throughout the evening.
Annette Yuan made the delicious desserts and helped during the event.
Cary Jobe donated a beautiful picture and served wine.
Russell Holcomb took all the video and helped run the slide show & video presentations.
Roshan Roghani donated the fine Boulder Balm products and helped out at the event. Plus she is on our Board of Directors.
Melissa and Joel Love donated one of Joel's photos and spent half the night in the silent auction room with their adorable son, Elijah.
John Lloyd took photos all night.
Boulder Adventure Films provide films and Sam to help run them all night.
Katie Brown and Emily Harrington brought in close to $300 for the live auction, auctioning themselves off as a team.
Robyn and Shawn Ebesfield-Rabotou taught a clinic
Lisa McAlister, who is on the Girls Ed Advisory Board, spent a few hours in the silent auction area and helped close out the auction.
Eddie Clark donated a day of action photography.
Kelly Cordes raised $225 by being auctioned off for a day of ice climbing.
Caolan MacMahon spent Sunday afternoon with Girls Ed at Whole Foods and helped out at the event.
Malcolm Daly did a fantastic job of being the auctioneer for the live auction.
Alex Honnold donated a day of his time to climb with a lucky person from The Spot Gym. He brought in $225.
Chris Weidner brought in $100 to support girls ed by auctioning himself off for a day.
Majka Burhardt brought in $100 in the live auction as well.
And thanks to all these volunteers for being available throughout the evening: Victoria Mata, Mike Newlands, Aly Nicklas, Heather Swallow, Sarah Watson, Brook from Lulu Lemon, and Kestrel Hanson.
And thanks to the Boulder Rock club for loaning us tables and selling tickets, and to Neptune Mountaineering and The North Face store for selling tickets.
Last, but certainly not least, thanks to all our donors and sponsors: Clif Bar, Stonewear, Neptune Mountaineering, Boulder Balm, Eddie Clark Photography, the American Alpine Club, Jetboil, Green Guru, Izze, Hugger Mugger, Julbo, Boulder Rock Club, Ames Adventure Outfitters, Manduka, Evolv, Climbing Magazine, Adventure Medical Kits, Glassworks of Estes, Boldface Design, Pacific Outdoor Equipment, Suunto, Market Square Liquor, and Third Street Chai. The art donated by: Suspended Stone Designs, Dan Gambino, Topher Donahue, Pattie Lee Becker, Janet Guenther, Emilie Lee, Renan Ozturk, Joel Love, Celin Serbo, Keith Ladzinski, Cary Jobe, and a wonderful man named Tim (whose last name I did not get, sorry Tim!). He brought two paintings in last minute.
I'm sure I'm missing some people. So sorry if I am, but you know who you are. All of you are ensuring that Girls Education International can maintain our programs in Liberia and Nepal and start our new program in Pakistan in 2010.
HUGE THANK YOU!
Photos to come soon.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Photo by Keith Ladzinski to be auctioned off on Tuesday night.
A number of world-class professional climbers will be teaching clinics at the Beats for Books event this Tuesday, October 7th. Among them are Robyn Erbesfield-Raboutou, Lynn Hill, and Madaleine Sorkin. Thanks ladies for donating your time to Girls Education International. For more information read full article.
Clinics are open to people of all abilities, from beginners to advanced climbers. Kids from 4 up and families are welcome. Sign up for the clinic of your choice when you arrive and purchase your ticket.
Planet Bluegrass has donated two tickets to the silent auction. These are the folks who put on the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Thanks! Plus, Stonewear Designs will be providing two complete outfits worth about $160 each. And certified massage therapist and baker Annette Yuan will be providing on-site massages as well as delectable desserts. Amee Hinkley has also donated three massages! Cary Jobe just offered one of her powerful photos up for auction. And Peter Beal donated a gorgeous painting of Lake Haiyaha.
Photo of the oil painting is Lake Haiyaha by Peter Beal, and the photo of hands is by Cary Jobe.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Check out this sweet Green Guru Hemp Bag they donated for the Beats for Books silent auction. Thanks to Davidson Lewis for the donation. Thanks also to his enthusiastic employee Eric Noll for donating so much of his time to help out with Girls Ed!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Photos #1 and #2 Topher Donahue's photo of a fox and photo of Patagonia.
Photo #3 Renan Ozturks print on canvas of the Ruth Gorge.
Photo #4 Glassworks of Estes Park handblown glass bowl.
Photo #5 Dan Gambino's photo of sunflowers.
Photo #6 Kate Rutherford of Suspended Stone Designs donated earrings and necklaces.
Photo #7 Emilie Lee donated one of a series of her "Dumpster Diaries," published in the Alpinist in the mid-2000s.
Schedule of Events
5:00-6:00 p.m. Climbing clinics taught by Lynn Hill, Madaleine Sorkin and other professional athletes.
6:00-7:00 p.m. Mingle, continue climbing, drink Oskar Blues beer, taste wine, eat appetizers from Sherpas and Wholefoods, bid on the fine art at the silent auction.
7:00-8:15 p.m. Presentations by Girls Education International and legendary rock climber Lynn Hill, and a raffle and live auction with 10 famous mountain bikers and rock climbers. Bid on climbing for a day with Katie Brown or Alex Honnold or mountain biking with Chad Melis and others.
8:30-11:00 p.m. Music and Boulder Adventure Film movies start
9:00 p.m. Silent auction ends.
For more information, please contact Heidi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.908.7795, or check out: www.GirlsEd.org. $25 advanced-purchase tickets at The Spot and Boulder Rock Club, $30 at the door. Student discount available with a valid ID.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Are you psyched yet?
Goodie bags from Lulu Lemon for the first 25 people contain Wigwam socks, Pixie tea, coupons and lotions from Pangea Organics, Justin’s Nutter Butter, magazines and various hats and gifts from our sponsors.
One of the events title sponsors, The North Face donated three winter jackets and hiking boots, hats, and climbing shoes, as well as a gift certificate for $50.00. For more information visit their website: (www.thenorthface.com)
Hugger Mugger donated some a complete yoga kit, including bags, mats and blocks, as well as a complete meditation kit, which includes a meditation cushions, eye bags, and bolster. For more information, please visit their site: http://www.huggermugger.com/
Evolv threw down several pairs of their comfy flip flops and stellar chalk bags. To check out the full range of the gear they offer check out http://www.evolvesports.com/
We’re auctioning off 2 pairs of sunglasses by Julbo. Website: http://www.julbousa.com/
Jet Boil donated a bunch of their high-quality stoves. To read more about Jet Boil, visit their site: www.jetboil.com
Wigwam socks will keep your toes warm this winter. Visit their site for more information: www.wigwam.com/
Ames Adventure Outfitters donated a variety of products, from T-shirts and hats to Osprey Backpacks. For more information, please visit their site: http://www.goaao.com/
With American Alpine Club memberships, you’ll get a American Alpine Journal plus insurance should you have an accident in the mountains. http://www.americanalpineclub.
Urban Climber, Climbing Magazine, and Rock & Ice magazine all donated copies of their magazines and subscriptions.
Here's a sneak peek at some of the swag you'll have an opportunity to bid on next Tuesday at our annual Beats For Books Fundraiser. We have an awesome array of stuff; everything from socks to keep your toes warm and meditation pillows to get your zen on.
Kate Rutherford donated a variety of necklaces and earrings. She owns Suspended Stone Designs. For more information, please visit her website. http://www.
Artist Emilie Lee’s donated a piece from her diary series, much of which was published in the Alpinist in the mid 2000s. For more information on Emilie and to see her art, please visit her website; http://emilielee.com/
Janet Guenther painted this to commemorate Jonny Copp. This painting is of Jonny as a baby with an Indian Guru. To see more art by Janet, please visit her site: http://www.janetguenther.com/
In 2007 the idea evolved, and Oskar Blues began sponsoring mountain biking events throughout Colorado and a competitive team that participated in those events. The team quickly grew to include nearly a dozen members. Various members of the team are actually world-class athletes. Melis, a former pro athlete sponsored by Sobe and Cannondale, was the 2007 Colorado state cyclo-cross single speed state champion.
Now, Oskar Blues has decided to expand beyond bikes, brews, and music to delve into some charity work. They recently partnered with the nonprofit, Girls Education International (Girls Ed), which was founded by The North Face climbing athlete Heidi Wirtz and Lyons-based writer Lizzy Scully. They are one of three title sponsors at Girls Ed’s annual Beats for Books fundraiser, to be held at The Spot Gym in Boulder, Colo., on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Funds benefit girls’ scholarship programs in Pakistan, Liberia, and Nepal.
“It’s an organization born and raised in Lyons, Colorado,” says Melis of Girls Ed. “That is what initially caught our interest. Then I began to get to know Lizzy. Her passion for educating girls is inspiring. I wanted to support her venture.”
“We’re really excited to be aligned with Oskars,” Scully says of the new partnership. “Beer is an essential part of any event that involves climbers. Providing excellent beer at our fundraisers will only draw more people, and thus we’ll be able to raise more money for our projects.”
In addition to donating 300+ cans of beer, Melis has offered to be auctioned off at a live auction of famous athletes that will be held at the Beats for Books event. Not only will he spend a day biking on the Front Range with the highest bidder, but he will also take them on a tour of the brewery in Longmont. Professional mountain bikers Sonya Looney and Stephanie Nychka will also be auctioned off, along with Mountain Flyer photographer, Eddie Clark, who is donating a day of action photography.
“We’d love to spread the gospel about our beer among climbers,” says Melis. “And I can’t think of a better way to do it than by supporting the children Girls Education International are helping.”
For more information on the event, please visit Girls Ed’s website, www.GirlsEd.org. For more information Oskar Blues, please visit their blog at www.oskarbluesbrewsbikes.blogspot.com.
Monday, October 19, 2009
A conversation with Lynn Hill…
Legendary rock climber Lynn Hill will be doing a presentation and teaching a clinic at the annual Beats for Books fundraising event at The Spot Gym, Tuesday, October 27th. Funds for this event will support Girls Education International’s scholarship programs for girls in Nepal, Liberia, and Pakistan. Hill will be teaching a clinic from 5-6:15 or so and then between 7 and 7:30 she will speak and show video clips documenting her life in climbing, including footage of her doing a first ascent with Beth Bennett in 1981 and her climbing over a hot air balloon in flight for ‘That’s Incredible. Girls Education International recently sat down with Hill to chat about what she’s up to.
GEI: What are you up to these days?
Hill: Right now I’m putting together a presentation for a show I’m doing in Italy. I have slides from beginning of my life as a climber. I have pictures of Joshua Tree, climbing in Arizona and Las Vegas, and then my travels to Europe. I moved to France in 1988. I wanted to learn another language and culture. It opened my mind to a lot of things I didn’t know about climbing. Then I speak about my time in Yosemite. I decided to quit comps and apply all my skills and experience to big wall free climbing. I had no idea free climbing the Nose would be the big deal that it was. I just had this idea that I would combine traditional and sport climbing … put those things together on this masterpiece climb. That launched me on a whole new aspect of my career that I didn’t anticipate.
GEI: What did that new career look like?
Hill: I realized it wasn’t going to be as big a deal as I originally thought to be a top competitive climber. It’s a branch of climbing that isn’t as well respected as doing something significant in the real environment—the natural world. Climbing the Nose gave me a lot of opportunities to travel and do even bigger climbs, such as in Kyrgystan, Morocco, Vietnam, and Thailand.
GEI: How did that shape your climbing career and life?
Hill: It became really clear to me that I didn’t want to become an alpinist, doing the biggest mountains in the world. That was never my focus. The media wanted that from me, but I said no to it. I learned to stick with what I loved to do and not to be convinced to do something because the marketing department liked that image of me!
GEI: What are some of the most notable things you have done since you climbed the Nose?
Hill: I wrote a book as a way to document the history of climbing from a woman’s perspective. It’s good for young girls, or anybody really, to have those role models. I didn’t have many. Writing a book had a lot to do with that perspective … it was exciting to be a part of that era of climbing development. Then I had a baby. That has been a big journey.
GEI: What are you working on now?
Hill: I’m working on a climbing technique video, which will use video graphics. I’m trying to show visually how I think about climbing, and how to break down climbing so that people can better understand the mechanics of movements. It will be a teaching tool, but also entertaining and pretty to look at. Teaching climbing camps really convinced me that videoing people and going it over the video with them was a good idea. To me it’s really obvious when people are making mistakes, but it’s too hard for them to tell while they are climbing. Video gives people a conscious, rational way to look at climbing and then they can try to incorporate that on an intuitive level. They have to understand it first before it can be intuitive about it.
GEI: What else are you up to?
Hill: I’m a full-time mom, I travel for speaking engagements, I do design and events for Patagonia as an ambassador, I do one or two things for Petzl each year, and I’m working on this book thing with John Long. I teach, on occasion.
GEI: Well, thanks a lot Lynn. See you in a week!
Hill: I’m looking forward to it.
As part of her work as an ambassador for Patagonia, Lynn is also trying to rally people to join events happening all over Boulder, Colo., that are raising awareness for the issue of climate change. On October 24, people from all over the world are taking a stand for a safe climate future. For more information on Boulder activities related to this cause, please visit the 350.org Website.
For more information about what Lynn is up to, please visit her blog.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Pattie Lee Becker just offered to donate a piece of artwork for the Girls Ed fundraiser! Thanks Pattie Lee. Check out her cool stuff at her site.
Ammon McNeeley, big wall climber, has also just agreed to auction himself off for a day of climbing in Yosemite. But because we have so many amazing people to auction off that we may save him for our California Beats for Books event. We'll let you know early next week. Thanks Ammon! Visit Ammon's website by clicking here.
Visit the Girls Ed website early next week to see complete bios of all the athletes to be auctioned off, plus photos and descriptions of all the silent auction items, from artwork to outdoor equipment.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Oct. 7 2009, Girls Education International to hold annual fundraising event, Beats for Books, at The Spot Bouldering Gym on Tuesday, October 27, spons
Oct. 7 2009, Girls Education International to hold annual fundraising event, Beats for Books, at The Spot Bouldering Gym on Tuesday, October 27, sponsored by The North Face and Oskar Blues brewery.
The Front Range-based nonprofit Girls Education International (GEI) is holding its second annual fundraiser, Beats for Books, at The Spot Bouldering Gym on Tuesday, October 27, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Highlights include: a presentation by legendary rock climber Lynn Hill, music by Dirt Monkey, a silent auction with fine art by local and regional artists, and a live auction during which the highest bidders can win a day climbing with some of the country’s most famous rock climbers—Madaleine Sorkin, Alex Honnold, Matt Segal, Kelly Cordes, and many others.
Also included with ticket are two-hour climbing clinics for people of all ages and climbing abilities, a series Boulder Adventure Film movies that will be played throughout the evening, unlimited Oskar Blues beer (with ID), and fine Nepalese food, donated by Sherpa’s and additional food donated by Whole Foods. Items donated for the silent auction include: hand-blown glass bowls, oil paintings, and photographs. Outdoor equipment will also be auctioned off, including rain jackets, athletic shoes, and gear and clothing from more than a dozen companies in the outdoor industry. Plus, the first 25 people who enter receive goodie bags.
All proceeds after costs will fund two girls’ scholarship programs in Liberia and Pakistan. The mission of Girls Education International is to provide educational opportunities and support to under-served girls in remote and undeveloped regions of the world. For more information or to BUY TICKETS for the event, please visit their Website: www.GirlsEd.org. Tickets can also be purchased at Neptune Mountaineering, The Spot, and the Boulder Rock Club. Tickets are $25 presale and $30 night of. Student discounts available with valid ID. One ticket pays for one half of a girls’ scholarship, so bring a friend and pay for one girls education for an entire year!
This event is possible only because of generous donations made by dozens of sponsors. Title sponsors are: The Spot, The North Face, and Oskar Blues. Other sponsors include: Clif Bar, Stonewear, Neptune Mountaineering, Boulder Balm, Eddie Clark Photography, the American Alpine Club, Jetboil, Green Guru, Izzy, Hugger Mugger, Julbo, Boulder Rock Club, Ames Adventure Outfitters, Manduka, Evolv, Climbing Magazine, Adventure Medical Kits, Glassworks of Estes, Boldface Design, Pacific Outdoor Equipment, Suunto, Market Square Liquor, and Third Street Chai. Art donated by: Suspended Stone Designs, Dan Gambino, Janet Guenther, Emilie Lee, Renan Ozturk, Joel Love, Celin Serbo, Keith Ladzinski, and more.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Renan Ozturk print of the Ruth George, Alaska Range, to be auctioned off.
This year's annual Girls Education International fundraiser, Beats for Books, will have fine art by numerous local and national artists, including Emilie Lee, Dan Gambino, Celin Serbo, Renan Ozturk, Kate Rutherford, Glassworks of Estes Parkm, and many others.
Handblown glass donated by Glassworks of Estes Park.
Have you ever wanted someone to take actions shots of you while biking, running, fishing, or bouldering?
Have you ever wanted someone to take actions shots of you while biking, running, fishing, or bouldering?
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
All proceeds to benefit Girls Education International.
Monday, October 05, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
10/4/2009 12:00:00 AM
24 days until the annual Girls Education International Beats 4 Books fundraiser. Sponsors continue to sign on. Thanks to Sherpas restaurant in Boulder for providing appetizers!
Sherpas was started by Nepali Pemba Sherpa, who grew up in the Everest region. As a child, Pemba lived without the modern-day conveniences of electricity, plumbing, running water or roads. At 16, he began working in the Himalayan tourism industry, as a professional mountain guide. After several years of full time guiding, he developed a curiosity for the West, which he finally satisfied with a visit to the United States in 1991. After seeing the mountains of Colorado, Pemba found his home away from home and has lived here ever since. In an effort to reestablish contact with his home country, he started an adventure guiding company, Sherpa Ascent International (SAI). Since 1991, Pemba has returned to Nepal for trekking, climbing (he has been to 20,000 ft + over 25 times), and volunteer service over 20 times. He has had the pleasure of guiding over 400 visitors in his beloved "Himalayan Kingdom". Pemba avidly supports the building of schools, bridges, setting up medical clinics, and giving of scholarships to better the lives of Sherpa children.For more information on Pemba and the restaurant, please visit their website.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Rock star, Daily Camera writer, and Climbing magazine contributing editor Chris Weidner recently agreed to be auctioned off during our Silent Auction at Beats 4 Books! Ladies, we'll start the bids off with $20 for this good looking fellow! But we expect bids to jump from there!
For more information on Chris, please see his profile on 8anu. To see more images of Chris, click here.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
A bit about Matt Segal...
Girls Ed will be auctioning off a climbing day with Matt Segal. See tomorrow's countdown blog entry for more information and photos. Check out a Girls Ed interview with Segal next week!
TICKETS ARE FOR SALE ON THE GIRLS EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL EVENTS PAGE. BUY TICKETS NOW!