Black Tie & Tennis Shoes Gala

Black Tie & Tennis Shoes Gala

Each year, the Colorado Outward Bound School and our community come together to celebrate and support our students and our mission through the Black Tie and Tennis Shoes gala. This year, on October 27 from 6pm-9pm at Mile High Station in Denver, we are thrilled to host guest speaker, Erik Weihenmayer in a discussion of the path less traveled. Erik is the only blind climber to summit Mount Everest and all Seven Summits. He has since continued his work as an author, speaker and ambassador of the No Barriers Mindset, pursuing and reaching new goals like kayaking the Grand Canyon. Each of us face challenges and No Barriers is a universal message that “what’s within us is stronger than what’s in our way.”

Last year with legendary climber Tommy Caldwell, we talked about elective hardships and the importance of striving for new summits. This year, our journey continues along the path less traveled, guided by Erik – to understand the tenacity it takes to challenge possibility.

We do things a little differently at COBS. We’ll kick off the evening with a community happy hour – an opportunity to mingle with friends new and old, and to peruse our silent auction and food stations. We’ll have an introduction from Director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office Luis Benitez, who was also Erik’s guide on Everest, then we’ll sit down together around Erik to learn about his adventures before finishing up the evening in direct support of our students. The Black Tie and Tennis Shoes gala has become our signature gathering and we can’t wait to have you as part of our community.

Become an event sponsor and help change lives through challenge and discovery. Click here to view our 2016 sponsorship information. To purchase a sponsorship or for more information, please email Darcy Lattof,, or call 303-676-8237.

Purchase tickets and sponsorships here.

Preview silent auction items here.

Read detailed guest info here.




Summit Sponsor




Alpine Sponsors




And Peter A. O’Neil

Expedition Sponsors

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Gruffie Clough & Bob Roark Frank & Lara Knuettel
Fletcher Family Jack Rand
Lauren Schmidt & Eric Olson Dirk & Nancy Tyler
Trip & Tara Riggs Diane & Marshall Wallach
Scott & Kyle Holton

Basecamp Sponsors

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and Fred & Nancy Wolfe

Drink Sponsor

A huge thanks to  our drink sponsor, Tito’s Handmade Vodka!


photo by Cara Befort