In November 2016 the Foundation sponsored a highly successful wine tasting and pizza party at Mark Ryan Wineries’ tasting room in Woodinville, WA. Approximately 120 people attended. As with the golf tournament, we had an outstanding raffle in which virtually everyone in attendance participated. Raffles are fun, and ours is both that and exciting. Of course, we continued our silent auction. The silent auction items can be viewed under the fundraising section of our website.
Our featured speakers this year were John Stimberis and Steve Kunnen. John has taught in our free safety workshops at Alpental for many years. He is an incredible person who is deeply engaged in avalanche control and prevention. He works year around for the Washington State Department of Transportation, where he is currently supervisor of the Avalanche Forecasting and Control programs. John is the author of the syllabi for all four of the Foundation’s free safety workshops. He is currently the president of the American Avalanche Association.
Steve has been a Stevens Pass professional ski patroller for almost twenty years. He is an AIARE Avalanche Instructor and is very active in the American Avalanche Association and AIARE. He is a great teacher for the Foundation’s free safety workshops at Stevens Pass.
The wine tasting and pizza party was not only fun and entertaining, but it also helped raise money for our continued free mountain safety workshops, the Foundation’s scholarships to qualified ski patrollers to attend advanced training and sponsorships of other safety orientated organizations that the Foundation supports. Like our golf tournaments over the last ten years, the wine tasting and pizza party was a success because of many volunteers. We anticipate that in 2017 we will have another wine tasting fundraiser.
One of our top instructors, John Stimberis, sat down with Stuart Miller from the SnoValley Star newspaper to talk about avalanches, Alpental, and a few of our workshops available to skiiers and snowboarders to help keep them save on the mountain.
Our Mountain Safety, Companion Rescue Workshop, and Avalanche & Terrain Observation Skill workshops start December 10th and run through March 5th between Alpental, Stevens Pass, and Mission Ridge.
The David Pettigrew Foundation would like to invite you to a casual, fun night at Mark Ryan Winery where we can catch up with old friends and make new friends over a glass of wine.
With the temporary hiatus of our annual golf tournament, we know many of you were still interested in opportunities to gather and celebrate David this year.
We are fortunate to partner with the wonderful Mark Ryan Winery to setup a great, new, event for us to join together in celebration of his life, and support of The David Pettigrew foundation efforts in the future. All while enjoying some great wine, pizza, silent auction, and raffle!
Your ticket gives you 1 flight or 1 glass of wine, and pizza is included! After first flight or glass, additional wine and beer will be available for purchase.
The Foundation has been active pursuing our mission since our fundraiser last August.
The Foundation sponsored FREE mountain safety workshops for the 8th consecutive year. We continued our relationship with The Association of Pro Patrollers("APP"), which has been training ski patrollers since the late 1960s. The Foundation and the APP have a wonderful informal coalition with the ski patrols at Alpental, Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge. This year we conducted 20 workshops in basic mountain safety, avalanche awareness, companion rescue, and avalanche terrain observation.
Fortunately, the snow was great and our workshops were wonderful. Almost 200 students signed up to take the courses, and virtually everyone showed up and participated. Students called the workshops "great", "fun" and of course "cool". In addition, they contributed over $700 to the Foundation. Our instructors are the best in the business. They are dedicated to our Foundation and to educating the public about safety in the mountains. The Foundations brochure for 2015-16 season is on our website, and we encourage you to take a look.
The Foundation continues to support through donations to organizations with similar missions. Last year we made financial contributions to the APP, the International Snow and Science Workshop, the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, Alpental and Steven's Pass B.A.R.K., the National Ski Area Association and the American Avalanche Association. One of our most dedicated and professional instructors, John Stimberis, is the current president of the American Avalanche Association. See his article on avalanches at http://wsdotblog.blogspot.com/2016/02/avalanche-fortune-telling-aka-how-we.html
Again this past year we granted local ski patrollers to attend courses and workshops to advance their skills. Each year we select one or more patrollers who have taught our workshops to attend other courses to further their training that they then can use in our workshops. We also donate to the APP, which in turn grants scholarships with our donation to qualified APP patrollers for special APP training.
The Foundation is considering future events for all of our wonderful supporters. We will keep you advised. Thank you for your dedication and support.
Click on the name of the workshop to read about what the workshop covers, or click on the date you'd like to attend to view and register for tickets.
|Companion Rescue||Jan 23rd, Jan 30th, and Feb 20th|
|Terrain Workshop||Feb 6th and Feb 27th|
|Avalanche Awareness||Dec 6th and Jan 9th|
|Companion Rescue||Jan 10th and Feb 6th|
|Mountain Safety||Dec 5th|
|Terrain Workshop||Feb 20th and Feb 21st|
|Snoqualmie Pass Fire Station|
|Mountain Safety||Dec 12th, Jan 2nd, Jan 16th and Jan 30th|
|Avalance Awareness||Jan 9th and Feb 6th|
|Companion Rescue||Jan 23rd and Feb 20th|
Before the snow returns and you begin to venture into winter wonderlands, join John Stimberis with the David Pettigrew Foundation for a refresher course on backcountry safety and companion rescue skills.
Get inspired for the upcoming ski season and get the basic skills and awareness to be safe all season. Basic avalanche awareness, companion rescue, emergency skills for winter backcountry travel.
It's a milestone year for the David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation as we prepare to host our 10th annual golf fundraiser.
Time to dust off the clubs and start getting some practice in because the 10th Annual David Pettigrew Golf Tournament will be held August 22nd, 2015
It's a milestone year for the David Pettigrew Memorial Foundation as we prepare to host our 10th annual golf fundraiser and we are shaking it up a bit. For starters, we will tee off shotgun style at 11am!
We have tons of great things in the works for this wonderful event celebrating our friend David and supporting our cause.
22 workshops, 11 instructors, 8 topics at 3 locations. Get a headstart and get registered for one of our great winter mountain safety workshops today. Learn more about our workshops.
Or, head straight to Eventbrite and view our safety workshop dates.
We are excited to help sponsor this years NSAW at the UW HUB Ballroom.
Thanks to your support, we had another great annual Tournament and dinner. Thank you to all who attended and the wonderful sponsors who help make the event possible.
Were you out of town this year, or just had such a great time you can't wait to do it again? Well don't fret, we already have next year's Tournament on the books. Circle August 22nd 2015 on your calendars!
We are currently assembling our free winter workshop dates, and will have those available for sign up as soon as we can.
Recordings from the annual David Pettigrew Golf Tournament, and a little glimpse into who David was and what the Foundation does in his memory.
Avoiding avalanches through practical terrain management, and a screening of "Chugach", a film documenting the implementation of protocols to achieve first-descent lifelong endeavors.
Cost: Free, a $5 suggested donation benefits the Northwest Avalanche Center & The David Pettigrew Memorial FoundationSee More Past Updates