As the whirlwind from the 2016-2017 Backcountry Film Festival brought a plethora of snow throughout our winter program season, we would like to reflect back on where it all started this season with a big ‘ole – ‘THANK YOU’ to the greater Sandpoint community and beyond for starting this season off right!
Throughout the evening on December 2nd 2017 over 430 people help SOLE raise essential funds for our 2016-2017 SnowSchool Experience program season, while joining us to celebrate our film SnowSchool: A Winter Wildlands Experience that was selected as a finalist in this year’s Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival.
Check out what the ‘buzz’ is all about by watching our SnowSchool film below!
We are still reeling from the experience of it all, and are quite humbled. Especially since this is the first time a SnowSchool has been shown in the 12 years that the Backcountry Film Festival has been touring. What an honor! Oh yeah, did we mention? It will be shown at over 100 locations worldwide. SOLE’s annual fundraising event is held before each winter season at the Panida Theater to help SOLE raise critical funds for our SnowSchool Experience program where we currently serve over 500 youth each season.
During this seasons event attendees helped us raise over $5,000 during our most recent event! Funds raised assists SOLE in providing this intentional and transformational programming to local area youth most of whom live in poverty and have never had an opportunity to explore and learn in their winter wildlands via snowshoe. We are truly honored and grateful to have the support and opportunity to teach in such a wonderful setting.
The reality is we could not do the work we do without our corporate and community sponsors and partners. Once again both stepped up at this year’s event contributing awesome schawg and gear for our Rockin’ Raffle and Holiday Silent Auction where attendees could bid on novel gifts and prizes. In addition, event attendees were able to interface with present and former SnowSchool students from Clark Fork Outdoor Track and Northside Elementary School at informational booths. Being new to SOLE it was wonderful to see everyone having a good night, while giving their genuine support for this community and what we do!
In closing, it is important to note – without each of YOU our annual SnowSchool Experience program would not be possible. We appreciate your continued support and hope that you will join us again next year on December 1st, 2017 at the historic Panida Theater in beautiful Sandpoint, Idaho as we strive to ‘reach and teach’ even more youth!
Hope to see you out on the snow!
SOLE Outreach Coordinator | Field Instructor