Category Archives: Foundation News & Events

Improving safety in the Colorado backcountry

The unique and diverse snow climate of the Elk Mountains paired with the remoteness of Crested Butte, Colo., has presented challenges and limitations for state-wide forecasting operations. The Crested Butte Avalanche Center, founded in 2002, has made huge improvements to … Continue reading

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Helping kids experience the outdoors of Vermont

During his life, Chris developed a love and passion for nature and preserving the beauty of the outdoors. He often sought adventure and that’s why it is so important to the Mikesell family and the Foundation that other kids get … Continue reading

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Colorado backcountry awaits Western students

For the ninth year, The Chris Mikesell Foundation is supporting the Western State Colorado University Foundation, Chris’ alma mater. A $5,000 grant gives incoming students the opportunity to make new friends and experience the amazing recreational opportunities Gunnison has to offer before their first … Continue reading

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Preserving the natural beauty at Bartlett Arboretum

As a boy, Chris would roam the grounds of Bartlett Arboretum, a beautiful botanical garden in Belle Plaine, Kan., not far from where he grew up. Established in 1910, the Arboretum preserves and protects the environment’s natural beauty, a vision shared … Continue reading

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Famine threatens millions of lives in Africa, Middle East

When Chris saw people in need during his worldwide travels, he wanted to help. With this in mind, The Chris Mikesell Foundation continues to support UNICEF’s humanitarian aid efforts with a $15,000 donation in 2017. Of that, a grant of $5,000 was given to … Continue reading

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Conserving wetlands, replacing 130-year-old bridge

The work of the Crested Butte Land Trust embodies the heart and soul of the Gunnison Valley – wild places and spirited people. In 2017, The Chris Mikesell Foundation donated a $3,000 grant to help replace Gunsight Bridge, the only … Continue reading

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Adaptive Sports Center Participant Spotlight: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

This story was originally included in the Adaptive Sports Center’s 2017 Spring Update. The Chris Mikesell Foundation has given $17,500 to the Adaptive Sports Center to help enhance the quality of life of people with disabilities through outdoor adventure activities. … Continue reading

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Unprecedented Suffering in Syria

During Chris’ life, he had the great opportunity to travel across the globe. When he saw people in need, he wanted to help. With this in mind, The Chris Mikesell Foundation continues to support UNICEF’s humanitarian aid efforts with a $15,000 donation … Continue reading

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CB Nordic shares pictures of equipment purchased through CMF grant

In 2016, the Chris Mikesell Foundation awarded a $2,500 grant to The Crested Butte Nordic Council to purchase a grooming roller, perfect for prepping the trails after a light snow. Local youth, including students of Western State Colorado University, have benefitted … Continue reading

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Humanitarian Aid for Syrian Children Refugees

Chris was fortunate to have traveled the world, and he wanted to support others in crisis. With this in mind, The Chris Mikesell Foundation donated $3,000 to assist in humanitarian aid efforts relative to the Syrian Children Refugee Crisis. According to … Continue reading

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