ANNUAL REPORT 2016
Our mission.... ...is to provide access to outdoor adventures for all through events and programs that empower individuals, create healthier communities, and foster a respect for the environment.
SUCCESS STORIES "UpaDowna has been really pivotal for me as a single mother, my oldest child has autism and that's something that has always been a challenge. There were times where I didn't feel safe or even comfortable going to the grocery store and you guys (UpaDowna) were so accepting and welcoming of us, even though we're always last and always at the end. I always thought that the UpaDowna events were a safe place for us to be." -Sarah K. talking about Pedal Party "My first UpaDowna event was the Climb Night and it was right around the time I ended up losing my job, my girlfriend moved back to St. Louis and everything kind of fell apart all at once. Then UpaDowna was there and man, it got me outdoors all the time. I started doing a bunch of 14ers and climbing more often, it definitely made my sanity more stable!" -Brandyn C. talking about Climb Night
"I found this organization through Facebook and this is the first time ever in life that I've been on the water. No swimming, no kayaking, no water skiing, nothing. I've come to UpaDowna SUP today and just killed it! They've been supportive and so much fun! That fear of the water has gone away and I LOVE it!" -Latrice P. Talking about Stand Up Paddleboard
Program Overview 2012-2016
420programs dates 1,650people tried SUP 7,200miles hiked 14,584total participants 60,000miles biked 86,400vertical feet climbed
SPECIAL EVENTS 2016 was the third year of our active fundraiser called "ROAR in the City- Really Outrageous Adventure Race". This event encourages teams of all ages and abilities to explore Downtown Colorado Springs by foot or by bike while competing in various activities of brawn and brains! Many teams find creative ways to travel from each destination by utilizing the local trails known as the "Legacy Loop". This event promotes teamwork, creative thinking, active cooperation, miles of walking, running, and riding as well as a fun celebration with all teams afterward. Funds raised from this event support our 6 programs. ROAR is a fun way to see the city, be active, and support a great nonprofit! More info at upadowna.org/roar
The Folk'n'Flannel had its inaugural year in 2016. In response to a request to host a "gala fundraiser", we decided to provide an event that truly portrays our mission, vision, and vibe! Taking place in the beautiful mountains of Deckers, Colorado, this overnight camping experience included a catered dinner, live folk music, yard games, dancing, s'mores, and a wide variety of outdoor adventure activities for participants to choose from the next day. This all ages, family friendly event is affordable and provided a great "Bang for your Buck"! Ending up in the positive for the first year, funds raised helped to sustain our mission. More info at upadowna.org/folk
STEWARDSHIP Starting in 2015, UpaDowna adopted a portion of the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail in which we clean up not only the path, but portions of the waterway as well. The section we adopted is a trail we use frequently and one of the most notoriously trashed trails along the creek. It runs south of America the Beautiful Park to S. Tejon St. In 2016, over 125 volunteers gathered 200+ bags of trash and removed over 6,000lbs of bagged trash, large dumped items, and more. Many groups have come out to help including youth, businesses, and military groups!
BOARD & STAFF Board members decide how UpaDowna allocates its funds, which programs are funded and when. Our all volunteer board is made up of a diverse cross section of business professionals in Colorado Springs and has a 100% donation rate. Our staff consists of one full time employee, one full time volunteer, and three hourly employees. Staff Members: Board Members: Dana Adoretti- Board Chair John Ferris Melissa Archibald Steve Ogle
Steve Hitchcock-Executive Director Randi Hitchcock- Chief Operating Officer Leah Schrag- Director of Development Nadia Cordoba- Adventure on Tap &, Climb Night Coordinator TJ Courey- Climb Night Director
VOLUNTEERS UpaDowna relies heavily on the goodwill and support of numerous volunteers who help with everything from event registration to Stand Up Paddleboard instructions, grant writing to volunteer coordination. Without these, and countless more individuals, we could not be as successful. THANK YOU to the following individuals for their dedication to UpaDowna this year: Windy Adoretti Jason Anderson Teresa Anderson Kimberly Anderson Todd Anderson Matt Andrews Mark Billesbach Chris Boyd Walter Boyd Lorelei Boyd
Bill Boyd Lisa Cleveringa Kaity Cleveringa Neil Cunningham Rebekah Dotson Anthony Drella Tony Drella Kim Drella Kayla Fisher Keren Fruth
Valerie Gallegos Angel Gonzalez Sheena Harper Anne Marie Hooper Jon Jennings Deana Kamm Lori McGinnis Angela Melcher Emma Oldervik Amanda Oldervik
Tami Onstad Heather Osborn Coy Raynor Brandon Raynor Marla Wallace Raynor Benjamin Reuter Luke Richey Carrie Ross Renee Rudolph Leah Schrag
Terrence Smith Colleen Sturgeon Mark Thieme Matt Thieme Melinda Torres Laurin Watkins Jenna Wilcox Caroline Willard Tarah Wiltz and many more!!
FINANCES Sources of Income
Grants 2% Events 4% Individuals 11%
DONORS Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for their financial and/or in-kind donations in 2016! Financial Heuberger Subaru The 2016 GIVE! Campaign New Belgium Brewing Synergy Manual Physical Therapy Upslope Brewing Co Sprinklers Etc. Inc. Mountain Equipment Recyclers CityROCK Karl E. Eitel Fund El Pomar Downtown Colorado Springs The Ute & Yeti Dusty and Katherine Loo Foundation Bonfire Funds LLC Pocket Pals Trail Maps Bristol Brewing Co Benevity Community First Foundation Lincoln St. Barber Black Forest Apt. Associates LLC Aetna Foundation Fat Bike LLC Red Leg Brewing Co Vitamin Shoppe 503W Active Backer Cerberus Brewing Co Corepower Yoga JC Penney Montucky Cold Snacks Amazon Smile YourCause LLC
In-Kind Axe and the Oak Distillery Borealis Bikes Camp Shady Brook YMCA CityROCK Cloutte and Associates Colorado Kite & Ski Colorado Ski Chairs Colorado Springs Indy Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center Crossfit SOCO DayMoon Coffee Detroit Bikes Downtown Copy Experts EAS Elevation Outdoors Goat Patch Brewing HB&A Home Depot Southgate Kahtoola McCabe's Tavern MHM Modern Market Mountain Khakis New Belgium Brewing Old Town Bike Shop Overland Journal Peak Structural Pikes Peak Outfitters Pocket Pals Trail Maps Rhino Rack
Rocky Mountain Ride RXP 103.9 Sheena Harper Photography Sierra Trading Post Sky Sox Baseball The Hub Bicycle Shop Upslope Brewing Co Ute and Yeti Vitamin Shoppe Whole Foods Pikes Peak Region
THANK YOU! Dana Adoretti Windy Adoretti Melissa Archibald Andrea Barker Alice & Phil Barnett Brett Bixler Tim & Margaret Black Kent Borges & Stephanie DiCenzo Elizabeth Brandes Judd Brau Robin Bredl Bristol Brewing Kristin & Ed Brown Kent & Leslie Brown Keith Brown Inger & Anthony Bull Bob & Andrea Catalano Lisa Cleveringa Lauren Collier Jeana Connaughton Paula & Gary Creech Sean Dedrickson Anne DeFreitas Samantha de Naray Weller Dorff Scott & Jen Dorff Alison Dunlap & Greg Frozley Kathy Eans Kathleen Erb John & Melissa Ferris Nancy Fortuin Julie Fox Patti Freudenburg & Tony White Alex Gauthier Edward Gemin Nancy Gent Jamie Bartles Giddings Justin & Jennifer Grant Nathaniel & Torrie Giffin Catherine & David Grossman Michael & Deb Hannigan Tammy & Chris Hanson
Teri Harper Paul & Tamera Hartman Bradley & Nicole Hartmann Michele R Hermsen Janet Hildebrant Randi Hitchcock Cody Hitchcock Coba Hoban Brenda HolmesStanciu Trent & Lisa Hovenga Mark Jakusovszky & Karrie Williams Heather & Leon Kelly Betty Kerwin Tim & Andrea Kippel Andrew Latrell Brian & Pamela Lewis Kevin Lloyd & Nancy Fraser Rob Lucas Joseph Macavinta Vicky & Greg Manlove Armen & Mary Mardiguian Doug Martin Norah Mazel Lori McGinnis Wendy & Chris Mike Mary Miller Kimberly Miller Emily Mooney Vanessa Nagel Richard Nitzberg Jessica Nolan Lacey Olin Larry & Billie Olin Christine & John Orsborn Lu Paddock Jesse Parker Brandon Pearson Nicole & Vernie Pendley Sheila Pereira Melodee & Dirk Pikaart Stacy Poore Latrice Pratt
Diana Reinkling Allison Roebker Nancy Romine Aaron Rosenthal & Janet Oliver Ryan Ross Tim Royston Douglas & Carrie Ryden Judy & Larry Sargent Lisa & Joe Schott Julie Schaser Leah Schrag Betty Schwartz Casey & Sue Scott Robert Shanks & Sally MeadowsShanks Vanessa & Andrew Shawver Terrence Smith Julie Snyder Gary Sondermann & Julie Foster John & Sue Spengler Mimi & Joe Spruiell Brenda Stanciu Daniel Starr & Patty DeedsStarr Larry Stebbbins Chad Stockinger Gail & Dan Stuart Rich & Joni Swinford Jim & Sonya Thieme Mark Thieme Shannon Towell Ross M Valdez Welk & Kristin Lehr Olivia Van Hoy Carol Van Pelt Andrew Wacker Jack Wallick Jill Walsh Andrea Warner Kip Weatherbe Joanna & Zaremba Kathryn Zimmann
UpaDowna makes me want to be outside at all times! Thank you for everything you do for our community.” –Maria A. “
I love what UpaDowna does for the bicycling community.” –Tater Z.
I had a lot of fun at my first Paddle Party with UpaDowna. This was my first time out on a paddleboard and I would do it again. They are such a great group to hang out with. A family, group, or just bring yourself. Smiles included. So go outside and play at the UpaDowna Paddle Party.” -Charles R. “
I have enjoyed all the activities. It’s a great group and I love the diversity.” -Lori M.
Fantastic! Thanks for all you’re doing! My boyfriend & I attended one of your climbing events a while back, and it really opened his mind to something he didn’t realize he liked. You are making a positive difference in the community, thanks for that!" -Shelley H. "
Thank you for creating these opportunities! The entire UpaDowna experience has enriched our lives in a way I could never imagine. It's special and I hope you understand how much I cherish it!" -Sarah K. "
As a single mother, new to the area, exploring on my own isn't always easy. I want to be able to give my kids the best of what the Springs and surrounding area has to offer, and UpaDowna helps me afford that opportunity in a safe and informed way!" -Dana G.A. "
The most awesome and selfless group of people I've ever met. Community based organization that brings lots of joy." -Debby O.
Thanks to the patience of many but especially Mark and Luke, my 6yo Lydia, learned how to ride her bike after her training wheels broke on the pedal party ride! Thank you UpaDowna for fostering an environment that truly made us feel welcome!" -Corrie C. "
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Hike! Bike! Climb! Camp! SUP! These are free and donation based programs UpaDowna provides to INCREASE the community's relationship to nature and DECREASE their addiction to electronics. Time outdoors connected to nature results in a happier, healthier life. We promote getting UP off the couch and DOWN into nature! Join us today at upadowna.org! Donate at upadowna.org/donate