Climb 4 Kids - Fundraising Climbing Event for Healthy Youth Programming


A first of its kinda charity event benefiting Bolder Options through rock climbing and fundraising.


Everyone has charity 5ks, 10ks, golf outings etc. You name it, and it's been done before. This charity rock climbing event is completely unique! It's time for something new and interesting. Sign up yourself, or gather up your team and commit to supporting the wonderful mentors and kids at Bolder Options. Help us to make Climb 4 Kids the best charity event of the year!

The 1st Annual Climb 4 Kids is set for January 29, 2012. This unique event is poised to become a favorite among climbers, and non-climbers alike, in the Twin Cities area. Our goal is 400 participants in our first year, as we try to fill up Vertical Endeavors' beautiful new state-of-the-art complex in Minneapolis. 

Climbers will enjoy a great day at the fantastic new Vertical Endeavors Indoor Rock Climbing facility, and will also receive an event t-shirt, food, and the great feeling that comes from supporting local youth. There will also be prizes for the teams that raise the most!

This is your chance to make a difference in the life of a kid!

For more information on how to get involved contact: [masked]

 

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Climb-4-Kids/128145157284399

Bolder Options (beneficiary of the fundraiser): http://www.bolderoptions.org/Index.asp *************************************************************************************************** This event is being coordinated by Andrew Roth.  Here are some more details from Andrew:

The Climb 4 Kids idea came to me when I was thinking about ways to give back to the community. I figured that everyone has done a walk, 5k, 10k, golf tournament, etc at some point, but nobody has ever done a climbing charity event. Being an avid climber, this seemed like a perfect niche for me to fill, and I started to seek out willing partners. Evidently, Bolder Options and Vertical Endeavors both really liked the idea too, so now we are all set to push this event and hopefully turn it into a great day for everyone involved. As for participation...

 

-First of all, you don't need to be a seasoned veteran climber. It's meant to be a fun day, the routes will all be easy to moderate and the team aspect of things will be a fun way for everyone to build each other up and gain some confidence.

 

-The event will be held at the brand new Vertical Endeavors facility in Minneapolis.


-We are registering teams of up to 5. You can also participate individually if you'd like.

 

-We are asking that each team have a minimum fundraising contribution of $60 per person, with a goal of $300 per person. We think this very doable (especially since we have about 3 months yet until the event. Also, there will be prizes for the teams who raise the most money and climb the most feet!).

 

-The biggest thing we can use at this moment is people willing to participate in the climbing/fundraising side of things. My goal is to find between 300 and 400 climbers, which seems a tall order, but I think that it's very doable.

 

-I've contacted a many school climbing clubs and course instructors so far. Most, if not all, have been incredibly receptive to the event. My intention is to have a fundraising competition between the different groups of climbers (with great prizes, of course). However, this would entail having many more groups sign up, so hopefully your club will be one of them!

 

-Additionally, I realize that most clubs have a community service requirement involved with their funding. If this is you, then Climb 4 Kids is a great way to get everyone completing those requirements, while also doing something you really enjoy! 

 

-Contact [masked] for more information, or to register a team!

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  • sean

    For an inaugural event, Climb 4 Kids went very well. Team Crimpanzees was representing lead climbers and had the wave wall all to ourselves. We met Eric, whose teammates couldn't make it. I didn't see Kevin, sorry that we missed you. Watch for this event again next year. Our team raised well over $1,000 for Bolder Options! Success!!

    February 1, 2012

  • Kevin

    I need to clarify my comments about Climb 4 Kids. Many were there for the meet-up in their teams. So my experience is my team wasn't able to make it. So it wasn't an issue with the meet-up. Just an issue for me, if that makes sense. Just unfortunate luck.

    January 30, 2012

  • Kevin

    Activity was great as an activity. The people from meet-up cancelled, so it wasn't a meet-up for me. I didn't meet-up with anyone.

    January 30, 2012

  • Sara D.

    One week to go! The Crimpanzees are ready to climb!!!

    January 22, 2012

  • tan

    Thanks Erica, I'm in!

    January 14, 2012

  • tan

    Any team out there I could join?

    January 13, 2012

  • Andrew R.

    Erica, the event starts at 4PM and the schedule will be as follows: 2-3 hours of climbing, a short program and time for people to eat and rest, then more climbing for those who are interested. I doubt anyone will be able to climb for the entire 6 hours, so it's going to be a "stop whenever you're tired" kind of event. Trying to keep it as laid-back and flexible as possible. Thanks!

    January 6, 2012

  • sean

    I registered with Team Crimpanzees and have one more climber joining us. Donations are already rolling in from some of the wealthy folk I work with!!

    December 14, 2011

  • Sara D.

    Sean- Yes! I will be registering the team this weekend and will be certain to include you. Thanks!!

    November 30, 2011

  • sean

    I want to participate, but am far too busy to organize a team. Sara, can I join yours?

    1 · November 30, 2011

  • Sara D.

    I am looking for a person or two to join my team, I have two firm commitments, myself and my lovely daughter. Any takers? I have yet to register my team, I want to wait until I have a firm number for my team.

    November 21, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    Oh, I must've been off talking to climbers trying to drum up some more participants. Sorry I missed you! It was pretty insane that day. I've been climbing there since then, and it's amazing when there aren't 1,000 people hanging around! Taylor has been fantastic, she is pushing for us really hard amongst the VE community. I really appreciate your support. It's great to have someone as gung-ho as you are to inspire others to get on board!

    November 17, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    That's true, which is why we allowed teams to be anywhere from individuals to 5 people. If you only have 4, then no biggie! We want to try and be as inclusive as possible. How come you didn't stop by the table at the VE Minneapolis Opening? We could've had a lot of this discussion in person! I feel as if I'm not effectively answering your questions on this comment thread.

    November 17, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    OK, good. I thought I had said something that put you off. It's hard to read emotion via text! Anyways, you'd be surprised how many people think $60 is a large commitment. It's unfortunate, but that's how it is. So I've been trying to figure out the best way to alleviate that anxiety for people. I'm very happy you've already raised so much money! You have 2 months left, slow down or you'll make everyone else look bad! :)

    November 17, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    I think you're taking my statement wrong, as you seem a little defensive. I don't mean to tell you how to do your own team, I was merely offering a suggestion to hopefully reduce any anxiety that could be caused by teammates not pulling their weight in the fundraising. If that isn't a primary concern of yours, then simply disregard. Feel free to handle it however you please. Thanks again!

    November 17, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    Great! I'm glad it's working well. The form is in the mail now, I had to wait to send it because of the VE Minneapolis grand opening. I wanted to make sure I had plenty of packets on site that day. You should get it today or tomorrow. Thanks for your participation!

    November 17, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    Hopefully you can still make it Gram!

    November 17, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    Hey Erica, I think you're going about this in a way that we didn't intend. You'll see when you get the registration form, we'd like to have the number of people and the names of each participant on your team. I suppose it's not that big of a deal, and we can add names later, but if you're working with people you don't know personally, you might end up being on the hook for their poor fundraising since you're the team captain. If you want to form a full team, I would suggest asking friends.

    November 17, 2011

  • Gram

    I am now gimpy, so I'm reserving myself to see if I can even climb by then (Gawd, I hope so!) before I choose the best team to drag down. ;-)

    November 16, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    I'm hoping this comment thread serves as a bit of a FAQ for people thinking about participating. :)

    November 10, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    The climbing on the day of the event will be completely free of charge. As will all the gear you need to climb, if you don't already have it. It will require some sharing, but VE has more than enough gear. Also, since there will be so many people, everyone won't be able to climb at the same time, so it shouldn't be too difficult to share gear among climbers. This is why we have a minimum required donation, to help cover the cost of the event. If you have any more questions, please ask them!

    November 10, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    Thanks so much for asking questions Erica, hopefully others will find our discussion useful! The event is actually going to span 4PM-10PM, VE is being extremely accommodating. There's going to be free food, prizes, and tons of fun to be had! Help me find some more climbers!

    November 10, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    The waiver is for Bolder Options, it also serves as a commitment form for the event. The online waiver for VE is something every participant will have to fill out as well. There will be additional information in the registration packet so that everyone knows what responsibilities they have before the event. Hope this helps!

    November 10, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    Erica, you're great! You beat me to the punch! I need you to fill out a commitment form / waiver before you can fully register a team. Unfortunately, we don't have the ability for you to do that online yet. I'll need your physical address, and I will send you out a packet asap. You can email me at [masked] with any additional questions, or to give me your contact info. Thanks!

    November 10, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    But if you have a few friends who also might like to join, then you all could group together and push each other to raise more money! The idea was also to have the "team captain" be a sort of go-between for myself and the team as a whole. People can sometimes be unresponsive and difficult to get in touch with, so the thinking was that by having a team captain it would make communication easier overall. I apologize if these intentions haven't been very clear, but hopefully this discussion helps.

    November 10, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    I may be, Erica. I'll be honest, this is the first time I've done a fundraising effort of this magnitude, so I'm kinda feeling my way as I go. The "team" aspect seemed like a fun way to bring people together, and possibly get some non-climbers into the sport. I think we are making it difficult only by using the word "team", since, now that I've changed the language, a "team" can be 1-5 people. So really, you could just make your own "team" and raise money individually.

    November 10, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    You will certainly be able to post links to your donation page to your Facebook, email them, or use any other social media that you wish. In order to donate, all people have to do is click the link you send out, and they can give directly to the cause (but through your team, so that you get credit for it). Does that make sense?

    November 10, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    Perhaps I should change the wording on their site then. What we are doing is giving each team the instructions to set up a page on BlueSky.org (these are included within the registration packet, it's very easy and shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes). The event is already posted on that site, so by following the instructions you will set up a team within the event, and all of the money will be sent to the same place. This way we can keep track of which teams are donating what, etc.

    November 10, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    Haha, nice catch Erica. Thanks for that. The personal goal is $300, but the minimum contribution is only $60 per person.

    November 10, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    We changed the wording to allow people to sign up with teams of "up to 5". So, now if you'd like to do it individually you can! But the teams that raise the most money will be rewarded with prizes, so the more members on your team the better. Please let me know if you're interested, I'm sending out registration packets in the next few days. Thanks!

    November 10, 2011

  • Gram

    We'll see what kind of response I get from folks off facebook, then I'll decide whether I want to make or join a team.

    October 15, 2011

  • Sara D.

    I applaud Bolder Options mentor program and would love to raise money to fund their efforts. Oh, and I think themed costumes may be in order if allowed.

    1 · October 13, 2011

  • sean

    Sara, how about if you head up a team. Post back here on the message board as you add members to your team. Come up with a team name and start some trash talking about how you're going to raise the most money. Let's have fun with this thing! Who else is going to rise to the challenge?

    1 · October 13, 2011

  • Andrew R.

    Everyone with interest feel free to email me ([masked]) or contact me through Facebook. I need as much help as I can get, so I hope you'll all consider forming teams!

    October 13, 2011

  • sean

    The idea is to get a small team of climbers and fund raise like you would for a 5k event. Start talking to your circle of climbing friends and decide if this event is for you. I think Meetup can help this effort by forming several teams to participate on January 29!

    1 · October 13, 2011

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