For Immediate Release
Haakon Lang-Ree, Executive Director
530.913.5896 or Haakon@achievetahoe.org
Carolyn Hooper, Marketing Director
408.420.6222 or Carolyn@achievetahoe.org
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[Alpine Meadows, CA] Feb. 8, 2017 — Achieve Tahoe, a leading provider of winter and summer adaptive sports instruction at all ability levels for adults and children with disabilities, recently held its most successful annual military sports camp and “Ability Bash” fundraising event in the organization’s history. Sponsored by Anthem Blue Cross (CA), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (NV), and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, this event took place across multiple ski resorts including Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Northstar California and Diamond Peak, and included a snowmobile tour with Lake Tahoe Snowmobile Tours. The camp concluded with Achieve Tahoe’s annual Ability Bash celebration on Saturday, January 28 at the Squaw Valley Conference Center.
“Each year, the military sports camp is a chance for us to celebrate the achievements of the deserving individuals who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom,” said Haakon Lang-Ree, executive director of Achieve Tahoe. “Thanks to the support from our sponsors and all the snow this year, we are able to treat them to some phenomenal conditions!”
Seventeen injured veterans attended the camp, which consisted of specialized private instruction in skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling free of charge. Each participant received private lessons specifically designed to support their physical therapy, boost their emotional well-being, build their confidence and ultimately help with their re-integration into their communities. Each of the attendees were also invited to bring a guest to share in their experience as well as provide support and encouragement.
“Our company has been and will remain a stalwart supporter of Achieve Tahoe,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. “Achieve Tahoe is a world-class non-profit organization based here at our mountains, and its board, leadership team and volunteers are truly appreciated by our company, our industry, and the entire community.”
Featuring a gourmet dinner, fine wines, craft beer, silent auction and raffle, as well as personal stories from Military Camp and Achieve Tahoe participants, this year’s Ability Bash capped off the five-day Military Sports Camp and celebrated both the achievements of the honored guests and the 50th anniversary of Achieve Tahoe.
“As a result of the support of those who attended our annual Ability Bash celebration, we were able to exceed our fundraising goal and make this the best event yet! We couldn’t have done it without the help of our presenting sponsors: Anthem and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows,” continued Lang-Ree.
For more information about Achieve Tahoe, visit www.achievetahoe.org.
About Achieve Tahoe
Achieve Tahoe is a North Lake Tahoe-based non-profit organization that provides year-round outdoor recreation programs for children and adults with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities. The organization, founded in 1967 and long known as Disabled Sports USA Far West, is the longest operating adaptive sports program in the country, and was designed to provide affordable, inclusive physical and recreational activities that build health and confidence. To learn more or to help, visit www.achievetahoe.org.
About Anthem Blue Cross (California)
Life and Disability products underwritten by Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company. Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California. Anthem Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc.
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Nevada)
Life and Disability products underwritten by Anthem Life Insurance Company. Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is the trade name of Rocky Mountain Hospital and Medical Service, Inc. HMO products underwritten by HMO Colorado, Inc. Independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc.
About Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
Voted ‘Best Ski Resort’ in North America for the second year in a row by USA Today and 10Best Readers’ Choice 2017, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is an internationally renowned mountain resort in North Lake Tahoe that spans over 6,000 skiable acres. The resort features slopeside lodging at The Village at Squaw Valley®, which bustles year-round with nonstop events and nearly 60 bars, restaurants and boutiques. With an annual average of 450 inches of snowfall and 300 sunny days, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is known as the spring skiing capital as it provides one of the longest ski and snowboard seasons in Lake Tahoe. Skiers and riders of all ability levels are welcomed by over 65 percent beginner and intermediate terrain, 14 easy-to-navigate mountain zones and a custom app to make the most of every visit. Visit squawalpine.com or call 1.800.403.0206 to learn more.