Posts Tagged ‘fundraising’

2010 Ski-a-thon

March 16th, 2010


What another great weekend we had at Mammoth for the Ski-a-Thon. We had a lot of students, families & instructors come up on the trip.

Since we have had more interest from students wanting to snowboard, Karey put on a great snowboard clinic on Friday morning for our snowboarding instructors. We put on a full day of lessons on Saturday before a well deserved Pot-Luck dinner. Come Sunday morning Brent had setup a challenging slalom course straight down the toughest part of Sesame Street.

I don’t know who was the fastest or who made the most runs, one thing is for sure everyone had a good time. Enjoy the pictures Bernhard & Karen sent in.

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February 18th, 2010


Dear Friends and Supporters:

Have you ever noticed a disabled person and thought how lucky you are to be able to walk, think, see and hear, without giving it a second thought?  Have you ever counted your blessings because you’re able to live a “normal” life?  When you think of the everyday challenges disabled individuals face, it is inspiring just to see how bravely they manage their day-to-day lives.  Now, imagine this same individual skiing down Mammoth Mountain!  Incredible? You bet!  Impossible?  No way!  It happens every month through Disabled Sports USA of Orange County.

Our organization, DSUSA-OC, provides this opportunity for disabled children and adults.  The heart of this program is to teach disabled individuals how to ski in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.  Through this sport, however, a much bigger lesson is being learned by all involved — self-esteem and confidence.  The freedom of skiing and the success of learning a new skill bring to life the guiding philosophy of our group:

“If I Can Do This, I Can Do Anything!”


DSUSA-OC is a labor of love that exists because of the generosity of volunteer instructors, parents, students, and doctors who donate their time and energy to making this group a reality.  Mammoth Mountain also endorses us by generously donating lift tickets for students and instructors.

Because of the high medical costs associated with having a disability, many of our students would not be able to afford to participate if we charged for the instruction or equipment.  Unlike other groups, we provide these free-of-charge.  However, specialized equipment designed for disabled individuals is very expensive and costly to maintain.  That is why we need your help!

We are a solely self-supporting, non-profit organization.  We have no paid staff and receive no support from the government.  The funds to keep this program alive are raised through private/corporate donations, and annual events that we host through out the year.

Please find a place in your heart to assist so that these disabled individuals can experience a new sense of freedom, accomplishment and success that they may have never felt before!  If you want to know more, please ask a student or volunteer what this group means to him or her.

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

To donate, please contact our Fundraising Chair, John at

P.O. Box 10502
Fullerton, CA  92838

DSES Opens Thrift Store in Mammoth

December 21st, 2009

     Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra has opened a thrift store at the Mammoth Mall in the corner behind the Chart House on Old Mammoth Road. Bernhard had the opportunity to check out the store on the last trip. His son Lucas had an ‘equipment malfunction’… one of his boots broke. After checking the rental rates Bernhard made a quick trip down to the store & was able to pickup a pair of used boots at a very reasonable price, cheaper than renting for the weekend.

     Bernhard also mentioned that there is quite a variety of items available from clothes to equipment. This is a great resource for families or someone just starting out, follow the link below to find out more about it.


Second Chance Thrift Store
Second Chance Thrift Store

126 Old Mammoth Road
Mammoth Lakes,  CA

(760) 924-2474
Wed-Sun 10AM-6PM

AES Fundraising Luncheon

December 5th, 2009

John Ledbetter had invited us to come & be the beneficiary of a fundraising luncheon at the AES on December 4th at AES where he works. One of AES’s facilities is the power plant along PCH in Huntington Beach. According to John, AES is quite active with supporting local HB causes. They knew John has been a member of ‘The Achievers’ for quite some time so when he suggested having us come in as a beneficiary they were all for it.

John made it very easy for us, he lined everything up for the event on December 4th. AES & Turbine Repair Services supported this luncheon by bring in Marshall’s Bodacious BBQ out of Ventura to provide lunch for all the onsite worker’s. There was a phenomenal turnout. John started by introducing our group & his involvement over the past 14 years. Mac took the mike next to explain the history of the group, Gordon & Casey each took turns with stories of their experiences with the group & Granny was there to lend her continuous support. Gary happened to have the ‘Mountain Man’ Bi-Ski down here so he brought that by. There were pictures from Mammoth & brochures so everyone there had a good understanding of what we do. This was very well done and the result are as follows…this says it all.


From: Susan
Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 12:50 PM
To: John; Huntington Beach People
Cc: Eric; Minh
Subject: RE: Lunch Fundraiser


Today was another successful fundraising day, thanks to all of you. The total donation going to Disabled Sports USA O.C. will be $7,028.82. Please be sure to thank your contractors for their continual contributions, without them this would not be possible. I would also like to thank Stu, John, Jason and Bill for all of their help. See you next Friday!



$7,028.82…THANKS JOHN!!!

BBQ Display DSUSAOC Crew Speakers

DSES – Island Extravaganza

December 3rd, 2009

Our friends at Mammoth are having their annual Island Extravaganza fundraiser the weekend of our next student trip. I hear this is always a good time. If you are interested in checking it out here is all the info…


DSES-Island Extravaganza

Canyon Lodge – December 12, 2009 – 6pm until midnight

Join Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra for Island Extravaganza, our largest fundraiser of the year, at Canyon Lodge on December 12, 2009 from 6pm until midnight. This island-themed night of dinner and live music with a raffle and silent auction gives you the chance to party all night long, while supporting Disabled Sports’ nonprofit adaptive programs.

Highlights of this year’s Island Extravaganza include live reggae music by Santa Barbara’s One Two Tree, DJ Shawn Roj and a grand raffle prize of a trip for two to Hawaii!

All proceeds from Island Extravaganza go straight into supporting the rehabilitation of wounded service men and women through the Wounded Warriors program and to providing scholarships for adaptive students. For every $75 we raise, we can give an adaptive ski or snowboard lesson to a student. We need everyone’s help so that we can continue to provide these programs for those who need them most!

Buy Your Tickets Now!

Help Disabled Sports reach our goal of earning $100,000 for adaptive programs while enjoying a night of dinner and live music with raffle and silent auction at Island Extravaganza!

  • Event tickets are $55 each and include dinner, live music, and one raffle ticket.
  • Additional raffle tickets are five for $20 or one for $5 and you don’t need to be present to win.

Purchase Island Extravaganza event and raffle tickets at the Booky Joint and Second Chance Thrift Store in Mammoth or at the Disabled Sports office at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.

For more information on Island Extravaganza please call us at 760.934.0791. We hope to see you there!

General Meeting Reminder

November 24th, 2009


Hello Achievers,

                This is to remind you that we are having a general meeting this week in preparation for the upcoming trip on December 11-13th. The meeting is going to be 7PM on Wednesday evening the 25th at the Fullerton Children’s League Center. We will have Membership & Trip forms there if you need them, as well as cookies & refreshments. This is the first student trip of the season so if you have not yet had a student evaluation this would be a good time to get one.

Fullerton Children’s League Center
2050 Youth Way
Fullerton, CA 92835

If you cannot make the meeting & want to go on the trip please be sure to drop Mike an email to let him know at . You will need to mail him the trip form.

Trip & Membership Forms

There have been some changes to the student trips requirements this year due to a slowdown in fundraising, you can read more here in an article from Mac .

Fundraising at

November 24th, 2009

     Our fundraising has been a little light in the past few years so now is the time to pick up the pace. Here is a small, easy way to help the group that can add up quickly & consistently. We have had an association with for a few years now & I was just checking out some of their updates. Here is how it works in a nutshell;

     The iGive website works in simple fashion. You can go to the site, sign up with DSUSA-OC as your charity of choice…then start shopping. The partnering online stores actually kickback a percentage of the sales as long as you go through the iGive site. Even if you are simply ‘window shopping’ as long as you are using the Yahoo powered search through the iGive site they give us a penny for every search (please don’t sit there and click away….they have that figured out).

     There are over 700 online stores partnered with iGive, some big players like Best Buy,, DELL, & Staples. They have what they call double days where online retailers will double up on their donations, some of these really add up, like FTD was kicking back 8.4%, online photo sites like Snapfish were offering 25% off holiday photo cards and are kicking back 6.4% to us. Some of these are offering double their percentage coming up on the holidays. As long as you go through the site we get the benefit, so check it out, every little bit helps.

This is a direct link to associate your online shoping with our group.


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