Portland, OR When Jeff Krueger’s good friend Craig Kelly — legendary snowboarding pioneer — died in a snowboarding accident in January, Krueger wanted to do something to honor his legacy. Building on Kelly’s altruistic nature and the need for more youth mentors in Oregon, Krueger decided to find a way to give something back to the community. But, simply making a donation or volunteering some time wasn’t enough. Mountaineer, snowboarder and longtime industry snowboard developer Krueger decided that over a six week period he would scale and snowboard down the 10 highest volcanoes in the Pacific Northwest to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Portland and Outward Bound West’s Pinnacle Scholarship Fund. Because each mountain is more than 10,000 feet tall, Krueger has named his quest “10 Over 10.
As Jeff nears the completion of his quest he is more determined than ever to make a difference. His last climb is today and Thursday, Mt. Jefferson in central Oregon. Jeff had two custom, commemorative snowboards built for this adventure. He is now auctioning one of these snowboards off on his website as well as ebay. To check out this custom stick with a design featuring photos and memories of Craig Kelly go to www.10over10.com
“Craig lived life as if every day was his last. Through his contagious love for the mountains and for helping kids, he has motivated and inspired me to try and make a difference, expressed Krueger. “Every kid deserves a chance to taste outdoor adventure and believe in their dreams. As a youth mentor myself, I’ve seen first hand the positive impact that having a caring adult role model can have on kids. So many of Oregon’s young people need guidance, encouragement and positive energy to help them succeed in school and in life. Organizations like Outward Bound and Big Brothers/Big Sisters give kids a chance to enhance their self-esteem, learn problem solving skills and develop respect for the world around them. As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, I thought this was the best way I could contribute support and build awareness about the good, vital programs these organizations provide.
Through pledges and contributions, Krueger’s goal is to raise $50,000 by mid-August — to be split between the two charities — Individuals or groups interested in learning more or contributing to the effort can visit www.10over10.com to make a pledge. Donations can also be made by sending a check, made payable to either Big Brothers Big Sisters or Outward Bound West to:
10 Over 10
P.O. Box 2094
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
For more information about Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Portland, visit www.bbbsportland.org For more information about Outward Bound West and the Pinnacle Scholarship Fund visit www.outwardboundwest.org