Dear AVSC Community,
A few weeks ago, I wrote to share some thoughts on Bob Beattie, who was a dear friend to Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Club. In the time since his passing, we have thought a lot about how best to honor Bob's legacy here at AVSC. One of the things he was most persistent about with the AVSC team was his desire for our recreational program to once again be called "Aspen Supports Kids," the program's original name.
We are happy to share that starting next season, the Base Camp program will be called Aspen Supports Kids once again! While the program has grown from 25 kids to 1,600 since the time that Bob, Brooke Peterson, and Charif Souki started it nearly 30 years ago, the mission has remained the same: accessibility to skiing and snowboarding for local youth.
In addition to the program name change, AVSC, the Beattie family, and The Bob Beattie Ski Foundation are excited to announce a generous $45,000 match for donations made in Bob's memory to the club's Bob Beattie Endowment Fund, a fund named a decade ago to honor Bob's impact. Donations made before June 1, 2018 will be matched dollar for dollar up to the full $45,000 thanks to Zeno Beattie, Jackie and John Bucksbaum, Christin Cooper and Mark Tache, Sue and Ron Hopkinson, Carol and Mike Hundert, Peter Looram, and Yvonne and Otto Tschudi.
Bob saw potential in every child and cared deeply about their personal and athletic growth. This program was his pride and joy. We hope you will join us in honoring Bob by continuing to create opportunities for local kids to learn to ski and snowboard. Gifts can be made online
, by check (made out to AVSC with "Bob Beattie" in the memo) or by phone (please call Miah Wheeler at (970) 205-5102).
Thank you to all who have shared stories and memories with us in the past few weeks; they are a testament to Bob's incredible impact on our community. One amazing tribute was the letter AVSC Alumnus Bobby Moyer wrote, which 9News featured here
We look forward to celebrating Bob's life with you all on December 8th, 2018 in Aspen; we will share more details regarding the celebration in the coming months.
Executive Director, AVSC
View the full press release here