This month's "My Echo Story" features the missions of two incredible local organizations, Tahoe Magic and Discovery Blind Sports. Both are the current recipients of Vail Resorts and Specialty Sports Venture's Adopt-A-Cause campaign, which is garnering support from holiday shoppers at all of the Heavenly Sports and Kirkwood Sports locations until Jan. 6.
Tahoe Magic, now in its 20th year, helps families in crisis throughout the year and during the holiday season. Many families experience a financial crisis at one time or another because of unexpected job loss, medical expenses, prolonged illness, death of a family wage earner, loss of reliable transportation or divorce. Tahoe Magic provides one-time assistance with utilities, rent payments, medical and dental expenses, transportation costs, car repair and other crisis needs that prevent families from being homeless, cold and hungry. So far in 2012, Tahoe Magic has provided $26,892 to South Tahoe residents in need of help.
"Working collaboratively with Vail Resorts, Specialty Sports Venture and other agencies, our most vulnerable can find help immediately when they need it most," said Wendy David of Tahoe Magic. "We tell families 'yes, we can help,' and thank Vail Resorts and SSV for echoing that."
Starting in 1979, Discovery Blind Sports has taught challenging sports to people with little or no vision by offering guides for alpine, telemark, and cross-country skiing, as well as snowboarding and snowshoeing. It achieves this mission through innovative methods developed by skiers, guides, racers, coaches and ski instructors. Discovery Blind relies 100 percent on volunteers, family, and friends who have one thing in common: loving spending time on the slopes. The organization's unique program allows guides to be with athletes for the whole day, from start to finish. Sometimes families will join for a few runs, meet up for lunch, or want to learn how to be a guide. Offering training clinics for guides, Discovery Blind encourages all family and friends to attend, all at no cost to the individuals. One thing we know for sure, after a day with Discovery Blind Sports, individuals have "felt the freedom!" For more information, visit www.discoveryblindsports.org.
- Corporate sustainability has always been fundamental for Kirkwood and Heavenly Mountain Resort and their parent company, Vail Resorts. Through Vail Resorts Echo, our sustainability program, we hope to connect our communities to our efforts - from on the ground conservation programs to grants for local schools. Aimed at both protecting the natural resources that surround the resorts and helping build stronger communities where our employees live and work, Vail Resorts Echo encompasses three core efforts: environmental stewardship, charitable giving and community engagement. Want to learn more about VR Echo? Visit www.vailresortsecho.com.