Cornhole Fundraiser for EPI

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Guest Blog by Emily Adams

Emily Adams, a teacher from Colorado, lost her beloved friend Laura McDermott in a tragic accident several years ago. Because Laura was a lover of adventure, Emily organized an annual fundraiser in her memory with proceeds to be donated to EPI. Specifically, funds from a live event and an online campaign provide young people the opportunity to have an unforgettable educational experience with EPI in Yellowstone National Park.  

Memorial Cornhole Tournament Saturday, October 13 in Denver, Colorado

According to Denver police, in 2012 there were 6,678 hit and run accidents. Of those, 12 people were killed. And of those 12, one was our dear friend Laura McDermott. On September 23, 2012 the world lost a beautiful and inspiring woman. Laura’s zest for life inspired us to turn our loss into a celebration of her life. In 2013, we hosted our first annual Memorial Corn-hole Tournament. Laura’s fun loving nature and love for travel led us to an obvious collaboration between our event and Ecology Project International.  

In the past five years, we have raised more than $16,000 and have sent 32 students on a week-long science and conservation education adventure in Yellowstone National Park in Laura’s name. This year we hope to raise $4,000 so we can send 8 more students to experience hands-on science in Yellowstone.  

To participate or donate, please visit our fundraising page. Or make a donation directly to EPI and designate it to the Laura McDermott Scholarship Fund.

If you are local to the Denver area, please join us at our 6th annual event on Saturday, October 13 in Washington Park at 1:00 PM. If you are unable to attend, please consider making a small donation in memory of our friend Laura.

The Laura McDermott Scholarship Fund helps kids like Hezekiah attend EPI’s Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program. While on course, many youth begin to realize their full potential and the positive impact they have on the environment.

“I learned I am capable of more. I want to go camping with friends and family and share everything with them about what I learned and saw here.” - Hezekiah

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