TNF Speaker Series 2012 Beneficiary Update

TNF Speaker Series Update


During 2012 The North Face brought not one, but two of their very special athletes to Texas to do presentations regarding climbing exploits in the far flung mountainous places of our planet. This series of presentations is called the North Face Speaker Series and Whole Earth Provision Co. was proud to play host on both these occasions – to the financial benefit of two of our favorite organizations: The Woods Project in Houston and Westcave Preserve in Austin.

TNF Speaker Series beneficiary The Woods Project, 2012Pictured above: Post Oak Whole Earth manager, Ray Loyal, (left) presenting a check to Steve Rosencranz, founder and director of the Woods Project.

In May of ’12 alpinist Mark Synnott appeared at the Houston Museum of Natural Science to thrill the audience via photos and words concerning his many high altitude/ high angle climbs in remote locales around the globe. The Speaker Series are free events, but for a donation of $20, many attendees had a glass of wine with Mark and talked to him first hand about his experiences. Benefiting from these funds was The Woods Project, a Houston-based non-profit that works with low-income high schoolers by preparing them for and then taking them into wilderness settings in Texas and the Rockies.

TNF Speaker Series benefitting Westcave Preserve, 2012Pictured above: Whole Earth co-owner Walter Wakefield (right) presenting a check to Molly Stevens, executive director of Westcave Preserve.

In September of 2012 the Austin audience was treated to another Speaker Series event at Zach Scott Theater in Austin. Hilaree O’Neill did a wonderful multi-media presentation about her spectacular climb in 24 hours of both Mount Everest and neighboring Lhotse – the first woman to have done so. Hilaree’s reception benefited Westcave Preserve, a most wonderful piece of earth just west of Austin.

Thank you to all who attended the two events, to The North Face for making it possible for world-class athletes to do incredible feats then come tell the rest of us how it went, and to our very worthy beneficiaries of The Speaker Series: The Woods Project and Westcave Preserve.

Check the Whole Earth website later this year for news about the 2013 Texas visits by the Speaker Series from The North Face. Interested in learning more? Read about past visits by the Speaker Series.