2023 – 6th Annual Sun Valley Tour de Force:
Sun Valley Tour de Force names The Hunger Coalition, a local nonprofit with a holistic approach to food security, its 2023 beneficiary. As one of the most respected nonprofits in Blaine County, The Hunger Coalition is building on its nearly 20 years of hunger-relief work by addressing systemic issues including health, education, and affordable housing. The organization is doubling down on its mission to build a healthy community through access to good food and address the root causes of food insecurity in collaboration with key partners.
What started as a two-year commitment between Sun Valley Tour de Force (SVTdF) and The Hunger Coalition (THC) has grown into a partnership built on a mutual commitment to trust, accountability, and the success and health of the community.
In the last three years, SVTdF has raised close to $800,000 for the THC with a donation of $600,000 this past July, one of the single biggest donations to THC to date. These funds have contributed directly to serving 500 families each week through the food pantry (up 240% from pre-pandemic numbers) and running a suite of food access programs including Community Meals, Children’s Food Programs, Volunteer for Veggies, Cooking Classes, and Bloom Youth Project.
The Intrepid Events, Inc. Board of Directors (producer of SVTdF) is confident that THC is the ideal connector of local nonprofits committed to helping the needs of its community members. It is on account of this trust that SVTdF will be committing its 2023 proceeds to THC, with the added responsibility of supporting these partnerships and lifting up the valley’s organizations who could use additional resources to further their missions.
The Board thoughtfully came to this decision after learning that more than half of the local population is one life event away from food insecurity, in one of the wealthiest counties in the country. “While there are many worthy nonprofits in Blaine County doing great work, we believe that funding programs solving the systemic issues that lead to food insecurity is most urgent in our community,” said Dave Stone, Intrepid Events, Inc. board of director and owner of Sun Valley Auto Club.
“We are grateful for SVTdF’s vision for a healthier, more vibrant community and are excited for the possibilities of another year of partnership. Our collaboration will help raise awareness for the remedies to food insecurity including affordable housing, childcare and healthcare, thriving wages, well-funded education, and more,” shares Krista Felton, Director of Philanthropy, The Hunger Coalition.
2022 – 5th Annual Sun Valley Tour de Force:
As a result of this year’s event, Sun Valley Tour de Force donated $600,000 to The Hunger Coalition – a record amount for the event and one of the single biggest donations to The Hunger Coalition outside of its capital campaign.
“A donation of this size is absolutely transformational,” she said. “It’s about one-fifth of our annual budget and enough to cover the cost of all our children’s programs, plus our farm, for a year. Knowing that we don’t need to worry about these important programs is a huge relief.” – Krista Felton, Director of Philanthropy, The Hunger Coalition.
2021 – 4th Annual Sun Valley Tour de Force:
Thanks to the generosity of SVTdF drivers, sponsors, volunteers, and fans, SVTdF was able to present a check for $175,000 to The Hunger Coalition. This donation will fuel the Healthy Food Pantry for four-five months, providing nearly 5,500 grocery carts full of nutritious food for our neighbors.
2020 – 3rd Annual Sun Valley Tour de Force:
Although the event was cancelled due to Covid-19, our generous ‘SVTdF family’ came together to support our non-profit beneficiary, The Hunger Coalition. In a time of extreme need, we were able to donate $15,000 to ensure that food insecure people in the Wood River Valley will not go hungry. Thank you so much to our donors and longtime supporters – you are the best!
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.