Black Tie & Tennis Shoes Gala

Choosing to Lead

Each year, Colorado Outward Bound School and our community come together to support and celebrate our students and our mission through the Black Tie and Tennis Shoes gala. This year, on October 25th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Mile High Station in Denver, we are thrilled to host Peter Metcalf in a discussion about choosing to lead. For more than 20 years, Peter Metcalf, Founder and long-time former CEO/President of Black Diamond, Pioneer Alaskan Alpinist and lifetime climber, has been an advocate and leader in public policy formulation relative to our public lands, recreation and quality of life issues, exemplifying what it means to be an active citizen.

Last year with legendary climber and adventurer, Erik Weihenmayer, we talked about living a life of “No Barriers,” and the tenacity it takes to challenge possibility. This year, our journey continues as we discuss how we can channel this tenacity and leadership, and translate it into action in service of our community.

As the public lands discussion continues, COBS is ever aware of our role as environmental educators and stewards, and the importance of protecting these lands. The wilderness classroom is critical to our students’ development, to COBS as an institution, and to the outdoor community at large. It is through these public lands that we create lifelong lessons tied to our five tenets, and develop the next generation of environmental stewards.

In addition to the keynote presentation, this year’s event will include a student speaker, a silent and live auction, opportunities to directly support our scholarship students, time to catch up with new friends and old, food, drinks and much, much more. We hope to see you there!

Become an event sponsor and help change lives through challenge and discovery. Click here to view our 2017 sponsorship information. To purchase a sponsorship or for more information, please email Anna Bishop at or call 303-676-8246.

Purchase tickets and sponsorships here. You can view more sponsorship information here, and download a pledge form here.

Read detailed guest info here.

Summit Sponsor

Legacy Sponsors


Expedition Sponsors









Bryan Cave

Clough & Associates

Dirk & Nancy Tyler and Kishen & Lindsay Mangat

Bill & Sue Floyd

Lauren Schmidt & Eric Olsen

Jack Rand

Ken Gart

Bryan Mix

Bob O'Rourke

Leadership Denver Class of 2017

Basecamp Sponsors


Carol Riggs

Live Auction Sponsors

 A week-long vacation in a luxurious 4-bedroom ocean view residence with private pool at Inspirato Los Veneros in Punta de Mita, Mexico (near Puerto Vallarta).  Inspirato vacation includes accommodations; dedicated concierge service; daily housekeeping; daily breakfast preparation in your residence (cost of groceries additional); use of three pools; and access to W Resort spa, fitness center and restaurants in a beautiful beachfront setting.  Travel must be completed by October 27, 2018 and excludes holiday weeks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, President’s Day, Spring Break, and Easter).

Silent Auction Sponsors

American Adventures Expeditions
Aspen Ski Company and Limelight Hotels
Backcountry Babes
Backpacker’s Pantry
Colorado Camper Rentals
Earth Treks Climbing & Fitness
Freeskier Magazine
Jagged Mountain Brewery
Jerry’s Nut House
Leadville Race Series
Manofatto Giftboxes & Blooms
Silverton Mountain
Tennessee Pass Cookhouse and Sleep Yurts
Topo Designs
Weston Snowboards
Wild Women Wine

Beverage Sponsors



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