Derby Dance Party to support women in the mountains

JACKSON, WY— Dust off your derby hats, it’s time for Jackson Hole Babe Force’s (JHBF) third-annual Kentucky Derby Dance Party fundraiser.

Hatch Taqueria and Tequilas is hosting the party Friday, May 5 from 7-11 p.m. The night will include food and drink specials, a raffle and silent auction, a brief speaking program by members of the JHBF board and scholarship recipients, and of course, dancing to music by DJ Simotaneous.

Most importantly, every dime of the proceeds raised from ticket sales, the raffle, and the silent auction will go to the JHBF Scholarship Fund. The fund was established in 2015 as a way to further Babe Force’s mission of “providing support and camaraderie for women in the mountains” and help women fund their big mountain dreams. As women strive to be more self-sufficient in their adventures, they need the knowledge and confidence to work towards their goals. The scholarship program steps in to provide women resources to fuel their adventure-based dreams they might not ohterwise have access to. In the past three years, the JHBF scholarship program has grown from rewarding two women in 2015/16 to 20 this past winter. JHBF is hoping to award even more scholarships for the winter of 2018/2019.

“It’s clear that there is a strong interest and demand from the women of Jackson to become more knowledgeable and competent in the mountains we call home,” said Crystal Wright, one of the founders of JHBF. “Each year our programs grow, and we receive an increased number of scholarship applications. We’re so proud of the impact that JHBF has been able to have on the 32 scholarship recipients thus far and we are excited to continue empowering women in the mountains.”

Scholarship recipients have been able to attend Level One and Level Two  Avalanche courses with the American Avalanche Institute (AAI), attend the Women’s Elevate Camp at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, fund their “Epic Adventure” projects, and even attend Keely’s ski racing Camp for Girls in Mt. Hood, Oregon. Two women were awarded Competition Compensation scholarships to help them pay for competition expenses and take their sport to the next level.

“I am so unbelievably grateful for the opportunity to take a Level 1 Avalanche Course,” said Elizabeth Peltz, a 2017/18 JHBF scholarship recipient. “I came away from the experience with an arsenal of knowledge and a new set of resources. I also came away with new friends and new ski partners; and I am a safer, stronger team member to those I ski with in the backcountry. But on another level, I faced and overcame some of my own self-doubt and as a result, I also came away better able to embody my true self.”

JHBF is grateful to the event’s title sponsor, Marmot, to Hatch Taqueria and Tequilas for hosting for the third year in a row, and to the many community members and businesses that have donated raffle and silent auction prizes.

In traditional JHBF fashion, costumes are encouraged. Dress in Kentucky Derby-inspired attire. The “Best Dressed” attendees will win prizes!

Tickets are $25 and available from JHBF board members or online here.

About the Jackson Hole Babe Force:
The mission of the Jackson Hole Babe Force (JHBF) is to provide support for all generations of women in the mountains with the goal of bringing together all different ages and abilities of outdoor women. Jackson Hole Babe Force encourages females of all ages to push their limits, gain confidence, and support each other, all while building relationships with other like-minded women. JHBF is committed to empowering females of all ages through hands-on education, strong relationships, and events that provide a safe, enjoyable forum. JHBF organizes monthly community events to educate, empower, and connect women of all ages, abilities, and interests with the goal of building confidence and camaraderie for women in the mountains.

JHBF board from left to right: From Left to Right: Jennifer Holladay, Sarah Felton, Laken Rush, Crystal Wright, Johanna Murphy, Jovanna Hart, Laurie Stern

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