Our fundraising season for Eastern Adaptive Sports will be a short one this year as the days grow darker and leaves change color, and we truly speak from our hearts about how much we appreciate the support. Finally, we have received our official non-profit status from the IRS. Whoop whoop! I’m really proud of my husband, Geoff Krill, for sticking with this dream he has about widening the range of adaptive sports and building community for people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. He is seriously the best person for this position and these programs which have evolved under his vision, passion, and ability to make lives better for all kinds of families. Our own included!
Of course, we are grateful to a supportive and experienced Board of Directors, countless amazing volunteers, and a dynamic student population for rounding out a community devoted to an active lifestyle and developing friendships. Michelle Nestor has come on board as the Operations Manager and Ken Watson is to thank for daily photographs of students and volunteers creating magic on Squam Lake. Thank you also to the many customers and employees of Riveredge Marina who share dock space with any number of our fishing vessels and waterski barges throughout the summer season.
What people sometimes forget about Geoff and his devotion to getting people outside and active is that it is also his passion on a personal level. EAS challenges him as a disabled athlete, building community and opportunities for families– to take his own kiddos fishing independently– and to watch his family engage in something he loves while being on the lake, or on our bikes since we are busting out of the neighborhood onto real roads! So, even though Geoff is the chief motivational officer, he is also a student at heart, first and foremost, and so our family thanks you for letting him, us, and EAS grow professionally and personally.
Two upcoming fundraising events include the First Annual Fall Foliage Motorcycle Ride on October 1. Registration is between 9 and 1030, with the riders taking off at 11 AM from Riveredge Marina, 283 River St. in Ashland, NH and returning about 1230 pm. The cost is $20 for riders and $10 for passengers for the roughly 40 mile loop. BBQ lunch and live music to follow. Please contact Michelle at (781)454-6866 for more information.
Our second fundraiser takes places at Jean’s Playhouse in Lincoln, NH on Oct. 8 for “On Golden Pond with Eastern Adaptive Sports.” There will be a silent auction and raffle beginning at 6 pm, followed by hor d’oeuvres, a presentation by Geoff Krill at 7pm, and performance of On Golden Pond by Jean’s Playhouse beginning at 730. Tickets for the performance may be purchased in advance at: http://jeansplayhouse.com/events/on-golden-pond-with-eastern-adaptive-sports/. And if you have an item you wish to donate for our first ever auction, please contact Heather Krill at (603) 616-6966.
Perhaps you are still asking yourself:
- Why should I make a donation to Eastern Adaptive Sports?
- What if I cannot make one of these two events, but I really want to contribute?
We bring people with wide ranging abilities together with their families creating and extending inclusive communities who enjoy sports and recreation. Our operating budget is $150,000, and we need your help to sustain this vision for a more inclusive, active world. Is there a better reason?
Please check out our website for more information. We do have an online link set up to accept donations here: http://easternadaptivesports.com/Donate.aspx.
Or feel free to mail your tax- exempt donation to:
Eastern Adaptive Sports
River Edge Marina
283 River Street
Ashland, NH 03217
And if you do make a donation and receive one of our spectacular thank you notes– or attend one of our exciting fundraising events, please know that your gift will continue to make a difference in the life of someone important– someone whose life has grown more complete and more amazing through the power of sport.