Black Tie & Tennis Shoes Gala

Black Tie & Tennis Shoes Gala


October 16th, 2014 6pm-9pm

History Colorado Center

1200 Broadway, Denver


Event Overview

For more than 52 years, Colorado Outward Bound School has delivered opportunities for challenge and discovery to individuals who have come to us with the courage to explore. Our students seek remote wilderness areas where they discover in themselves hidden depths of character, leadership ability, and a desire to serve. In 2014, COBS rededicates itself to providing these opportunities to students regardless of age or background.

The 2014 Black Tie and Tennis Shoes Courage to Explore Gala is a chance for members of the COBS community, old and new, to connect and to be inspired by the next wave of courageous explorers continuing to push the frontiers of wilderness experience.

Please join us on Thursday, October 16 at the History Colorado Center for a presentation by author/journalist James Edward Mills and the opportunity to support our students through a silent auction, wishing wall, and live appeal.

James is passionate about outdoor recreation and improving access to the outdoors for minorities. As a journalist, he was part of the first African American expedition to summit Denali in 2013. Recently, James published his first book, The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors and we welcome the conversation his perspective will spark as we examine our own work.


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About James Edward Mills

James Edward Mills is a freelance journalist and an independent media producer. In a career that spans more than 20 years he specializes in telling stories about outdoor recreation, environmental conservation, acts of charitable giving and practices of sustainable living. Working in the outdoor industry since 1989 as a guide, outfitter, independent sales representative, writer and photographer his experience includes a broad range of expeditions that include mountaineering, rock climbing, backcountry skiing and kayaking.

James has written for several publications that include The Wisconsin State Journal, The Capital Region Business Journal, Madison Magazine, Madison Sports Monthly and Wisconsin Trails. He currently is a contributor to several outdoor focused print and online publications that include National Geographic Adventure, Rock & Ice, Alpinist, SUP Magazine, Paddle Sports Business, Sporting Goods Business, Elevation Outdoors, Women’s Adventure, WEND Magazine, The Clymb, High Country News and Roots Rated.

With skills in audio storytelling James’ radio production credits include Wisconsin Public Radio, the Public Radio Exchange, American Public Media’sMarketplace, and the Public Radio International programs To The Best of Our Knowledge and The Tavis Smiley Show.

James lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife Shamane Mills and two lovable dogs, Reba and Bella.


About COBS

The Colorado Outward Bound School, founded in 1962 in Marble, Colorado, is a non-profit educational organization that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that focus on character development, leadership, environmental stewardship, and service to others. A COBS course helps individuals and teams discover strength of character and an aptitude for leadership needed to serve others in their community and care for the world around them.

As the pioneer and leading provider of experiential and outdoor education in the United States, the Colorado Outward Bound School offers more than 100 courses throughout the year, across the U.S. and internationally. We serve 1,700 students annually, many of whom receive scholarship support provides by individual and organizational partners. As part of the global Outward Bound charter, COBS is part of a nationwide community of more than 1 million alumni, instructors and board members.