The Durango Winter Sports Foundation announces the hiring of Lander & Associates to guide the club with expanded fundraising and event management. The club supports local kids doing great things through support for the annual coaching and training of 200 student athletes.
Founded nine years ago, DWSF is committed at this time to becoming the strongest ski club in Colorado. Lander & Associates, has been retained for donor management, grant writing, special event production, direct fundraising, public relations and marketing. Susan Lander, along with Beth Lamberson Warren, will provide professional non-profit management to the organization.
DWSF Hall of Fame inductee and organization founder Mike Elliott says, “I have been involved in this foundation for nine years and we knew it was time to take the organization to the level we have dreamed about for years. Having Susan and Beth on our team will accomplish that.”
Lander has guided the Women’s Resource Center and Music in the Mountains to selection for El Pomar Foundation’s Award for Excellence. Lamberson Warren has done the same for Adaptive Sports Association and KSUT Public Radio. “I grew up skiing, have called Durango home for 32 years and am excited to be a part of an organization that mentors so many local kids,” said Lamberson Warren.
The mission of DWSF is to help young athletes achieve great things as individuals and as competitors by providing financial, developmental and organizational support to winter athletes, their coaches, clubs, and programs. The organization supports Durango Nordic Ski Club, Purgatory Freestyle Team and Purgatory Alpine Ski Team. Alumni of these teams and DWSF include: U.S. Nordic Ski Team member Tad Elliott, Olympic biathletes Lanny and Tracy Barnes and freestyler Zach Watkins.
Purgatory Freestyle Program Director Kirk Rawls says, “We’ve seen the recent success of unified efforts and community support with projects like the Chapman Hill improvements. It will be great to watch the new corporate sponsorship program unfold over the next few weeks.”
Corporate and event sponsorship opportunities are available for the 2014-15 ski season. Contact Mike Elliott for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-769-8655 and www.durangowintersports.org