2020 – 3rd Annual Sun Valley Tour de Force:
The Hunger Coalition, a local 501(c)3 non profit organization, has been selected as the 2020 and 2021 event beneficiary.
The Hunger Coalition (THC) currently serves over 18% of the county – just under 4,000 people, half of whom are children- and manages over ten food-related programs including a food pantry, community farm and garden, and children’s food programs. While the organization is currently serving 1 in 6 local people, studies show that 1 in 3 are considered food insecure or one crisis away. In order to close this gap and double the number of people it serves, THC is transitioning to a new property that will triple its size and provide more stigma-free opportunities for locals to access food. The dream is of an updated facility and expanded farm, community kitchen, heated greenhouses, and a discounted grocery market. With plans to break ground on this dream in May of 2020, this partnership comes at an essential time for the organization.
2019 – 2nd Annual Sun Valley Tour de Force:
Sun Valley Tour de Force presented Idaho BaseCamp with a donation valued at over $100,000. The donation was a Ford Transit 15-passenger van and a check for $65,000. The funds will be used for scholarships to the new south valley after-school program and continued funding of the fifth-grade Outdoor Adventure Camps for 150 students.
“The donation from Sun Valley Tour de Force is not about what it means to Idaho BaseCamp but what it means to our community. This money will be used to offer scholarships to the youth of our valley for Outdoor Adventure Education programs and After School Programs. And – the donated van means that our children are safe and traveling in style! Thank you, Sun Valley Tour de Force, for making a big impact on our Valley!”
– Mat Gershater, Executive Director, Idaho Basecamp
2018 – 1st Annual Sun Valley Tour de Force:
Sun Valley Tour de Force raised funds to send 52 public school students to Idaho BaseCamp. Students from both Bellevue Elementary and Mackay School enjoyed a two-night campout filled with outdoor adventure education, free of charge, at Idaho BaseCamp’s headquarters 45 minutes outside of Sun Valley, Idaho. The students participated in a complete program focused on internal growth, developing personal responsibility, team building, leadership activities, and mindfulness skills. The outdoor classroom focuses on science, animals and the environment with a special emphasis on nature preservation. With a no screen policy at camp, students got to experience full immersion in nature and ample quality time with their counselors and peers.