The Colorado Outward Bound School invites you to 


Each year, the Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) community gathers in Denver to support and celebrate our students and mission through the Black Tie & Tennis Shoes gala. We look forward every fall to dusting off our bowties, lacing up our sneakers, and coming together over food and drinks.
Coming together looks a little different this year, but resilience does not. Tenacity does not. And, above all, compassion does not. We may be finding new ways to practice and live these values and connect with those around us, but as we all navigate the path forward, along with support from our crew, they are more important than ever.

Black Tie & Get Outside

We could all use some fresh air and community. This year, we are taking the Black Tie outside! Join us as we head Outward Bound on August 24th for the launch of Black Tie & Get Outside, a month-long campaign to bring our community together (apart) to support our students and our mission. 
This year, you can support COBS from the comfort of your own home or your favorite local trail or city park. This is your time to get some fresh air, and most importantly, to make a difference. 100% of the proceeds from this "event" will go directly to supporting our students, and will be entirely tax-deductible. 

How to Participate

We invite you to think about what you might typically spend on a night out or at our traditional Black Tie & Tennis Shoes gala, and make an equivalent gift in support of COBS and our students, or to contribute another amount that is meaningful to you. Some items for you to consider might include: 

  • Gala attire - dress, suit, shoes, bags, jewelry, etc. 
  • Transportation, ride share, parking
  • Babysitting services
  • Auction items or donations
  • Food and beverage

 Donate Here!

100% of your donation goes directly to supporting students! 

Each donation will receive a special COBS Trail Kit with recommended activities, drink and snack recipes and more. 

Click here for more information on sponsorships and opportunities to get involved. Thank you for standing resilient with us! 

A huge thank you to our sponsors!

Summit Sponsors

Chris & Melinda Warner   

   Peter A. O'Neil

Weekly Campaign Sponsors

Bob O'Rourke

Community Sponsors

Table Captains

Louis & Erica Bissette

Charlotte Brantley

Brian Corbett

Sarah Hartley

Marie Logsden

Lauren Schmidt & Eric Olson

David Thurow

Tarn Udall

Greg Vallin


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