Bringing world-class ice climbing to people with disabilities

February 22nd, 2018

Regardless of ability, the Foundation hopes to give equal opportunities for people to experience nature and feel the exhilaration of outdoor adventure. For the second year, the Foundation is supporting Paradox Sports with a $1,000 grant to help bring together novice and advanced climbers with disabilities at Ouray Ice 2018. The event, held in February, gives participants a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about the specialized equipment and techniques needed for adaptive ice climbing

Photo courtesy of Adam Fisher and Paradox Sports

Photo courtesy of Adam Fisher and Paradox Sports

The event, two hours from Crested Butte in Ouray, brings together a community of volunteers and participants with disabilities in a world-class climbing venue in the beautiful Western Slope. This grant is used to provide scholarships to help people with disabilities enjoy climbing and the beautiful scenery when they may not otherwise have the opportunity.

UNICEF Holiday Card – 2017

December 20th, 2017

Dear Kendall, Sherry, Laura and Julie,

Wishing You a Joyful Holiday Season!

chris-mikesell-foundation-2017-christmas-card-unicef 1UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. Thank you for helping us put children first.

Thank you for everything you do to help kids around the world survive and thrive. We are so grateful for you! Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a wonderful 2018. Looking forward to seeing you in the spring!


Y’s Camp Hyde connects kids to nature near Chris’ hometown

December 10th, 2017

Not far from Chris’ hometown of Clearwater, Kan., the Y’s Camp Hyde gives hundreds of kids the opportunity to explore and appreciate nature while having a blast in camp activities like nature education, canoeing, hiking, climbing, fishing, horseback riding, swimming and more.

Photo Courtesy Greater Wichita YMCA

Photo Courtesy Greater Wichita YMCA

With a $2,000 CMF grant, the Foundation can share Chris’ passion for nature and genuine love of the outdoors by providing needs-based scholarships for about 20 children. These kids will get the chance to step away from city living and unplug from technology and daily routines while gaining an appreciation for our environment.

Since 2010, the Foundation has given $18,000 to the Greater Wichita YMCA’s Camp Hyde to help young people experience the outdoors. 


Providing relief after devastation in Puerto Rico

December 5th, 2017

After Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in September, 2017, as a Category 4 storm, about 3.4 million people were left without power and the island’s energy grid was all but destroyed. Without electricity, there was no power to pump water into homes, leaving almost half the population without potable water. Roads were scattered with debris and bridges needed to be assessed for safety. In just a few hours, 80 percent of the crop value had been wiped out – an estimated $780 million in agriculture yields.

“The devastation in Puerto Rico has set us back nearly 20 to 30 years,” Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner Jennifer Gonzalez said.

UNICEF USA is working with UPS and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Empire State Relief and Recovery Effort for Puerto Rico to deliver emergency supplies. The Foundation, always looking for ways to assist people in desperate need around the world, provided an additional grant of $5,000 to aid in relief efforts, bringing the total grants to UNICEF up to $15,000 in 2017.

During such an emergency, children are at high risk of violence, abuse, chronic illness and spread of contagious diseases. UNICEF continues to address the needs of those impacted by Hurricane Maria to help return them to some sense of normalcy as soon as possible.

Read more about UNICEF’s hurricane relief efforts.

In the Foundation’s history, more than $48,000 has been donated to humanitarian efforts led by UNICEF.