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DSES Winter Fundraising Events Revealed


L-R: DSES Associate Director Cara Leonard, Executive Director Kathy Copeland, Paralympic Sports Coordinator Maggie Palchak and Guest Services & Summer Events Manager Laurel Martin costume it up during Island Extravaganza!

At DSES we love to put the “Fun” into fundraising! Our two big fundraisers, Island Extravaganza in December and Spring Expo in April, were great successes this year. We count on these two events to provide between 10% and 20% of our operating budget, and this year did not disappoint. We are so incredibly grateful to all of the volunteers and donors who make these events so successful.

Island Extravaganza:

Mardi Gras Mammoth Style made a comeback this year at Island Extravaganza – featuring music by Gator Nation and costumes by the community of Mammoth Lakes! Showcasing the best raffle and silent auction in town, Island Extravaganza also tempted partygoers with the famous Gator Swamp – a top end raffle for a chance at a Lake Tahoe getaway. 

Spring Expo

Combining an Individual fundraising campaign and outreach, Spring Expo brings people together to raise money and awareness. Our committed team of individual fundraisers raised more than $30,000! All of the money raised in this campaign supports our scholarship program, funds adaptive equipment, provides programs Paralympic athletes and much, much more. Thank you so much to all of our fundraisers AND to all of our donors. You really do make recreation possible for everyone!! 

Spring Expo also boasts a popular demo tent where everyone can learn about our program and try out our equipment. People tried ski-bikes, bi-skis and mono-skis, and with Executive Director Kathy Copeland on the mic, and twisting music and cotton candy, this was the place to be on April 4!

Spring Expo Kids Cotton Candy

Kids got to sample yummy cotton candy during Spring Expo!


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