Sun Valley Tour de Force smashed the accelerator in its second year, donating some $100,000—more than six times its inaugural haul—to Idaho BaseCamp last week.
Now, the summer road rally is looking for its next nonprofit beneficiary.
If the past two years are any indication, it’s a good deal. Idaho BaseCamp, an outdoor education nonprofit based in Mackay, got $16,000 in its first year—enough to send 52 fifth-graders from Bellevue Elementary and the Mackay School to a two-day adventure camp. This year, they’ll go back—and more. The $65,000 raised will fund scholarships for Idaho BaseCamp’s new south-valley after-school program. Plus, a single donor pledged a 15-seat Ford Sprinter van—value: roughly $35,000—to get the campers there and back.
“It was a huge year for us,” said Event Director Whitney Slade. “With this program, kids can go and learn all these great things about the outdoors during those vulnerable hours while their parents are at work. We know that this valley can be a hard place sometimes—we don’t want families to be stretched any further than they already are.”
Slade hopes the gift will grow for the next nonprofit. Community groups can apply to become the beneficiary of the 2020 and 2021 events online at sunvalleytourdeforce.com. Applications are due by Dec. 2, and Intrepid Events—the Tour de Force’s parent organization—will announce the winner early next year, Slade said.
“The benefits of this partnership will long outlive the event itself,” Slade said. “When harnessed properly, this opportunity offers recipients the possibility to create lifelong donors and take an organization and the people it serves to new heights.”