The gO Initiative and Tough Enough to Wear Pink are celebrating strength, leadership, confidence and community among girls and women at the 3rd Annual Grits, Guts and Gals event. This event is for everyone, please join us!
Celebrate Gals (and Guys)!
To put it simply, girls rule. This event is open to ALL ages and guys, too!
Young girls and guys of the Gunnison Valley, who will one day be tomorrow’s leaders, will be faced with many challenges throughout their lives. They will struggle with finding their place in social groups, being competitive in sports, navigating relationships, figuring out their true passions, and possibly fighting the battle of a life-changing illness like cancer. We all know that life is a challenge but it is also a beautiful gift. One of the greatest gifts that gets us through the ups and downs of life is the support from our friends- especially girlfriends!
Two local non-profit organizations, the gO Initiative and Cattleman’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink (TETWP), led by two long-standing friends of over 18 years, have joined forces to create an event like no other. The 4th annual Grits, Guts and Gals event at the IBar Ranch on Thursday, August 18 2022 celebrates friendships, overcoming challenges and a general good time. Doors open at 4:00pm with 5B’s BBQ, kids karaoke, mechanical bull riding, Stryder races, a bike rodeo and the highlight of the night – the Goonies at 7:30 pm. The goal for this event is to unite our communities and encourage, celebrate, challenge, love and support each other through fun, opportunities to laugh and be silly, and of course dance to some rocking music.
Both organizations have one big thing in common: empowering women and girls/guys to take care of themselves and others in order to lead a healthy, active lifestyle. The gOgirls and gOguys of the gO Initiative have spent the summer working on their mountain biking skills, mindfulness, and learning healthy habits; they will be heading into a new school year at both ends of the valley, hopefully armed with a slew of leadership and confidence skills. TETWP sees women with cancer in the Gunnison valley every day and it is a constant reminder of how important friendship is in helping these warriors battle cancer throughout our valley, a need that unfortunately doesn’t seem to be dwindling.
A true friend accepts who you are but also helps you become a better, stronger person. This event is dedicated to having fun, challenging yourself, cheering on your friends and celebrating the good in life. We invite you to JOIN US on Thursday August 18 in supporting these two important organizations in our valley. EVERYONE (even the boys) are welcome! If you can’t make it to the event, you can still support here. Looking forward to seeing you there!
WHO: Children and adults of all ages, male and female! This is a family-friendly event with lots of celebrating and dancing. We will also celebrate another successful, fun summer with the gOgirls and gOguys!
WHAT: Kids Karaoke, 5B’s BBQ, Mechanical Bull, Stryder races, Bike Rodeo, and the **Goonies 80s Cover Band**
WHERE: IBar Ranch in Gunnison, CO
WHEN: Thursday, August 18, 2022. Doors open at 4:00pm.
Event to be held at IBar Ranch, doors open at 4:00pm.
4:00pm – Community bike ride from Shady Island Acres to IBar (all levels welcome)
5:30pm – Stryder Races, Bike Rodeo, 5B’s BBQ Food Trucks, Karaoke, Mechanical Bull
7:30 pm – Goonies 80s Cover Band
This event is a fundraiser for gO Initiative and Tough Enough to Wear Pink – proceeds to be shared between both organizations.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget what we are capable of. In the summer of 2019, Kevin Sanderford and his young daughter Skye rode a tandem bike across the United States, from Seattle to Maine. From early June to mid August, the two of them rode 4,200 miles!
This summer, Kevin and his other daughter, 9 year old Abby, embark on a similar journey, cross country, 4,200 miles, from Seattle to Maine. But this time around- they pedal for Pink. Fueled by extra love and passion for this trip as they are navigating their wife and mother Jennifer’s breast cancer diagnosis.
“Every day is a new day”, said Jennifer when talking to Executive Director of TETWP, Heidi Sherratt when she and Kevin sat down to share their story. Knowing that every day is a new day, opens a world of positivity and hope whether you’re biking across the country or battling breast cancer. In a joint effort with the Sanderfords, Gunnison TETWP will be spreading awareness, sharing inspiration and raising money on a national scale to support other cancer patients and their families in our community.