Ignite Adaptive Sports is a volunteer-run organization that gives disabled persons the ability to participate in winter sports. The company offers lessons in alpine and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, ski biking, and snowshoeing. The company, which started in 1975, now has over 200 volunteers and over 300 students. This includes wounded active duty and military veterans served through a US Paralympic Military Program Ignite developed in 2009, in collaboration with the U.S. Olympic Committee.

One volunteer, Bill Goldstein, works as the events coordinator for Ignite, notably rallying together everything that needs to be done for the Ignite Tonight Gala, a yearly event to raise money that fills up quickly. Bill first began his journey with Ignite as a student after he lost his leg, and as the program changed his life, he too wanted to volunteer to help others. You can hear more of Bill’s story below.

 

As an extension of his work with Ignite, Bill has recently begun a radio show called The Shift where he interviews people with disabilities that he has met over the years and gives them an outlet to share their stories and how they overcame them to have a better life. Bill says that he started this show as a way to make the disabled community visible again. The Shift will be featured on AboutBoulder as part of our ongoing efforts to bring local voices to life. You can listen to the first episode of The Shift here.

If you are interested in helping with Ignite’s cause, please consider attending their annual gala.

 

 

WHAT: “IGNITE TONIGHT” is a fundraising event for Ignite Adaptive Sports, a 501(c)3 non-profit adaptive snowsports program.

WHEN: Friday, October 11, 2019

  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Cocktails & Silent Auction
  • 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Dinner & Live Auction
  • 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Dancing & Live Music

WHERE: The Boulder Jewish Community Center, 6007 Oreg Avenue, Boulder, CO 80303

MUSIC: Colorado Blues Band – The Delta Sonics

CUISINE: Catered by Savory Cuisines Catering

ABOUT IGNITE: Since 1975, through snowsports Ignite has changed the lives of thousands of people, including veterans, living with disabilities, and thousands of volunteers.

You can also support the gala in several other ways, including:

  • SPONSOR THIS EVENT: Gain greater visibility in the community for your company. Download the sponsor packet
  • MAKE A DONATION: We will gladly accept item or service donations suitable for the silent or live auctions at the event. Cash donations are also accepted. Donations may be tax deductible (see below).
  • PURCHASE TICKETS: Individual tickets ($115) will be available this summer.
Kaylee was raised (but not *technically* born) in Colorado. She graduated from Regis University with a bachelor of arts in English. During her time at Regis she worked as a teaching assistant in a freshman classroom setting and in the writing center helping students on a variety of topics. While there, she discovered Cura Personalis, or care for the entire person, leading to her love of feminism and desire for equal rights for all. Kaylee spends her time reading, writing, and debating. To see her latest projects and her portfolio, visit her website at https://kayleehuntley.wordpress.com/