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.

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: Saturday, August 28, 2021 from 4:30PM to 9:00PM

WHERE: The East Lawn of the Ward Farm, East Boulder CO

CUISINE: Hors d’oervres and lite fare by Community Table Kitchen

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: Ignite 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 at this link.

QUESTIONS ABOUT SPONSORSHIPS: Please email any questions about Ignite Gala Sponsorships to sponsorship@igniteadaptivesports.org

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 is the managing editor for AboutBoulder, OnDenver, and a key member of the OnMetro team, launching this platform in cities across the United States.