Sisters in Sports Foundation sets its annual champions celebration

Event set for Aug. 25 at Sterling Steakhouse

Submitted by the Sisters in Sports Foundation

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Sisters in Sports Foundation, a sports nonprofit on a mission to empower women and girls with disabilities, will host its second annual fundraiser on Aug. 25.

The anticipation is palpable as Sisters in Sports Foundation (SIS) prepares to host its second annual champions event on Friday, Aug. 25, at Sterling Steakhouse.

This occasion promises an evening of inspiration and unwavering support for women and girls with disabilities who dare to dream big in sports and life.

The gala will feature entertainment, inspiration and a deep sense of camaraderie, according to Umstead, a Park City resident and four-time Paralympic Alpine Skier who founded SIS.

“Local musical sensation Bryon Friedman will regale the audience with his melodious tunes, [and] attendees will have the exceptional privilege of mingling with SIS athletes, as well as other esteemed Olympians and Paralympians.”

The evening will also feature an auction that will include vacations to dream destinations such as Atlantis, Bali, Mexico and Las Vegas. Furthermore, attendees will also have the chance to bid on alluring staycations at Newpark Resort and even the exclusive opportunity to reside in Umstead’s very own Park City guest house.

“For the sports enthusiasts among us, the auction offers a treasure trove of delights, including autographed sporting equipment like a donated autographed hockey stick from the incredible team captain olympian Hillary Knight,” Umstead said. “Unique experiences await, including personal speed skating lessons with Olympic speed skating medalists Brittany Bowe and Erin Jackson.”

The auction also features a diverse range of items like Traeger grills, handcrafted pottery and gift certificates from local shops, she said.

SIS athletes have also crafted unique auction items that include exquisite paintings, handcrafted pottery and Hestra gloves adorned with one-of-a-kind designs, said Umstead, a three-time Paralympic Bronze Medalist, motivational speaker and the first blind contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” 

“These personalized items represent the very essence of the SIS community, embodying the athletes’ creativity and unwavering dedication,” she said.

The night will also include an “unforgettable dining experience,” Umstead said.

“Attendees will be treated to a delightful spread of incredible heavy appetizers and sumptuous desserts during the [opening] reception, and that’s just the beginning,” she said. “A lavish four-course dinner will be served, prepared by none other than Sterling Steakhouse, where the event takes place. Quality is paramount to us, and there will be no holding back. We believe in good food and fun, and you can expect nothing less.”

Another highlight of the evening is an opportunity drawing, featuring a grand prize of a trip for two to Bali, along with other prizes such as gift certificates and literary items, Umstead said.

“Two ticket options are available for this stellar event,” she said. 

The Dinner Ticket, which includes the opening reception, is priced at $250 per person.

“That secures you a place at a four-course meal paired with exquisite wines and the opportunity to dine with the athletes, a truly exceptional experience,” Umstead said. 

A Reception Ticket offers access to an array of heavy appetizers and the freedom to choose from a selection of fine wines, beers or your preferred beverages, she said.

Umstead has channeled her spirit and passion into the Foundation that she says stands as a beacon of hope for countless women and girls with disabilities by offering them the vital support and opportunities they need to flourish.

Through innovative programs encompassing sports psychology, mentorship initiatives, and enlightening educational roundtables, SIS provides these athletes with the essential tools to surpass their own expectations, both in the realm of sports and life at large. The foundation also offers vital grants, ensuring these athletes have the financial support they need for training and the procurement of essential equipment. 

In just two years, Sisters in Sports has achieved remarkable success, supporting more than 25 athletes and eclipsing the efforts of any other organization in this sphere.

This accomplishment underscores the indispensable role that SIS plays in providing opportunities for female athletes with disabilities to dare to dream and then to make those dreams a resounding reality, according to Umstead.

“Join Sisters in Sports Foundation in their unyielding mission to empower women and girls with disabilities, providing them with the opportunities they richly deserve,” she said. “Secure your tickets now and be part of this inspiring evening, one that will resound with a call for change, inclusion, and, above all, an unforgettable night of empowerment, fun, and culinary excellence.”

Those who can’t attend, but want to donate can do so directly or by taking part in the event’s online auction, Umstead said.

“Join Sisters in Sports Foundation in their unyielding mission to empower women and girls with disabilities, providing them with the opportunities they richly deserve,” she said. “The opportunity to make a difference and be a part of this exceptional event is here and now. Don’t miss it.”

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