The season of gratitude & giving is upon us. Here is our 2018 update on the giving & gratitude shared by the Leadville Trail 100 Legacy Foundation.
2018 was a huge year for the Legacy Foundation. We remain in awe of the generous contributions made by our supporters. This year was no different.
The Legacy Foundation was excited to partner with the Leadville Race Series Charity Slot program. We had almost 70 athletes between the LT100 RUN and MTB who chose the Legacy Foundation as their charity partner.
Our Dream Chaser campaign was incredibly successful thanks in part to a call to action by Lifetime Fitness owner and LT100MTB racer Bahram Akradi and a mind-blowing performance by Dream Chaser, Ty Hall. The weather made for a tough race day, but Ty’s enthusiasm could not be cooled (even by the ice-cold towels on offer at the Turquoise Lake Rd climb). When it was all said and done Ty passed 1,424 other riders on the day. With all the ‘per riders passed’ pledges and other donations that were contributed, we raised
One week later it was the LT100 RUN athletes who shared the love through an online auction for a one of kind topographical map of the LT100 RUN course. With final bidding coming right down to the auction close at midnight, there was a fight to the finish, with the final bid coming in at $2700.
We continue to support our Lake County high school graduates with $1000 scholarships awarded to students attending traditional Universities as well as a Denver area Truck Driving school and Vail dental school program.
We saw a decrease is scholarships awarded this year and here’s why!… In 2017 we worked with CMC Leadville Campus Dean on an idea to provide ‘no cost’ college education to Lake Co. HS graduates. After some creative problem solving the “Legacy Foundation CMC Early College Program” was born. Students can chose to stay enrolled in Lake Co. HS, and attend classes at CMC to earn and graduate high school with an Associate’s Diploma. The State pays for tuition and the Legacy Foundation covers the cost of textbooks and class fees for programs like Culinary, Welding, Outdoor Recreation and Ski Area Management.
The 2018 fall semester kicked off with 25 students enrolled, which far exceeded the 5 students that the program initially expected! We are excited to provide in a no cost education option for Lake Co. youth. We are proud to support CMC and their efforts to offer certificates that provide real employment opportunities at graduation, along with solving skilled worker shortages in many rural areas like Leadville.
The Legacy Foundation received a record number of grant requests this year, and we are proud to say we supported many of these over and above our historical grant fund limits. Here is the list of 2018 grant recipients.
Cloud City Wheelers bike club - $5,000 – Funding toward a new Executive Director position supporting bike advocacy and bike new trails development in Lake Co
Colorado Outward Bound School - $5,000 – Scholarship funds for 2 Lake Co. students to attend a 2 week Outward Bound course in Colorado.
Get Outdoors Leadville - $10,000 – Funds awarded for the Gear Library being built to support programs (and all the gear they need) to get Leadville kids outside.
Tabor Opera House - $10,000 – The final funds needed to generate fully vetted design documents, architectural and engineering documents and construction documents for the entire project. *This funding also triggered several other grant requests for the Tabor including a $500,000 grant from the National Park Service “Save America’s Treasure’s” program
Lake Co Search & Rescue - $3646 – Funds to help with the purchase of a 6-seater All-Terrain Vehicle.
Full Circle - $1500 – In support of their Youth Mentorship program.
Lake Co HS Performing Arts - $4300 – Funding to purchase 45 new choir dresses to help ensure the high School choir group is ready for their performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City this March.
Leadville & Lake Co. Economic Development Corporation – $2500 – New member challenge grant which paid ½ of all the first-year dues for new members. This initiative saw 18 new members join the EDC in the first half of 2018.
And finally, we are pleased to welcome so many new members into our Leadville Family this year! From our family to yours, thank you for your ongoing support of the Legacy Foundation. And we hope that you will consider supporting us again in this season of giving, so we can continue our work to build a better, brighter Leadville.