Peak 7 Annual Report 2017


Dear Friends,

It has been an incredible 12 years and I am grateful for the opportunity I have had with this amazing organization. The past several years have come with major challenges within my family. With these changes and my children growing up, my priorities have shifted. My time as a father will always be the most important responsibility I have. Founding Peak 7 has been an incredible journey and I am thankful for all of you who have been a part of our growth. I informed the board this past fall that I would be stepping down. I will continue to support Peak 7 as a Board Member, donor, and volunteer. Thank you for your incredible partnership with Peak 7 in helping build tomorrow’s leaders through meaningful adventures in creation! I am excited to see Peak 7 grow and witness the impact it will have on young leaders and our communities under Lynn’s leadership.

Sincerely,

Ryan Kerrigan

 

To all our friends and the community of Peak 7 Adventures,
I fell in love with the mission of Peak 7 in 2008 as a volunteer and still deeply believe in this powerful and impactful mission. I am so thankful for Ryan’s 12 years of creativity and service. I take on this role knowing full well that I have much to learn, but I am confident that this is absolutely where God has called me to be. I look forward to this journey with all of you, continuing to serve our communities and impact youth for generations to come!

In gratitude,

Lynn Smith

 

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Peak 7 Timeline

2006 | Peak 7 becomes a 501(c)3

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2006 | First ascent trip

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2006 | First paying rafting client

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2006 | 137 kids served this year

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2007 | Certified raft guide school

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2007 | Begin serving Seattle youth

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2007 | 589 kids served this year

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2008 | First Snowshoeing Trip

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2008 | 939 kids served this year

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2009 | First climbing trip in the books

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2009 | Bocce Ball begins, heroes born

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2009 | 1,298 kids served this year

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2009 | Annual Report 2009

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2010 | Acquired Discovery Outfitters rafting program

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2010 | 1,784 kids served this year

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Annual Report 2010

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2011 | First Nordic Ski Trip

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2011 | 2,237 kids served this year

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Annual Report 2011

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2012 | Allevin Creative films True Ascent

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2012 | 2,870 kids served this year

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Annual Report 2012

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2013 | 3,091 kids served this year

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Annual Report 2013

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Why Peak 7 video

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2014 | 1st Spokane Banquet raises $80k

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2014 | 3,845 kids served this year

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Annual Report 2014

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2015 | 20,000 kids served to date

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2015 | 1st Seattle Banquet raises $60k

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2015 | 3,710 kids served this year

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Annual Report 2015

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2016 | Peak 7 featured on Spokane County Spotlight

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2016 | The BAC Begins

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2016 | Video: BAC hits the halfway mark

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2016 | Video: First BAC cadre graduates

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2016 | 1st SUP Trip

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2016 | Peak 7 Celebrates 10 years!

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2016 | 4,295 kids served this year

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2017 | Costco Highlights Peak 7

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This year we partnered with Lutheran Community Services in Spokane to provide a 5-day backpacking trip to the youth in the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program. The refugee youth in this program had the extraordinary opportunity to hike together to Image Lake in Glacier Peak Wilderness.

Isabella Santos
Ascent Program Coordinator

On the sunny morning of August 12th, the teenage mothers of YoungLives joined Peak 7 to put aside the everyday stresses of motherhood on beautiful Lake Washington. While Peak 7 and YoungLives staff cared for newborns too small, these young women and their children set out on the lake, paddles in hand, and boards underneath their feet. Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) was something they had never done before. Apprehension quickly transformed into the carefree laughter produced only by the gift of outdoor adventure. Thanks to generous donors, these women hold a priceless memory.

Suzanne Weston
Seattle Program Coordinator

The Bower Adventure Course expanded in an exciting way this year! In addition to the guys, a group of young women rafted, climbed, and backpacked through some of the Northwest’s finest natural places. These women took on the course with tenacity and courage as they grew in their identity, faced their fears, and learned what it means to be known and loved. It has been so special to continue to be a part of their lives even after the course has ended and to hear from each that it was truly a life-changing adventure.

Juliana Zajicek
Development & Sponsorship Coordinator and BAC Guide


A Word from the Board


Peak 7 is excited about the ongoing growth, transition and evolution of our organization as we celebrate another record year of ministry. Thank you for collaborating with us to make this possible.

Last year we shared our search for a new Executive Director as Ryan Kerrigan transitioned to the role of Founder and President. Operations Director Lynn Smith was appointed as the interim Executive Director. After considering numerous individuals, we are beyond thrilled to announce that Lynn Smith will be our new permanent Executive Director. We have full confidence in Lynn and are excited about the strategic vision she possesses to lead us into the future.

While Ryan Kerrigan will always hold the title of Founder within our organization, he informed the board of his intention to resign as President of Peak 7. Ryan’s heart remains passionate to share Jesus with youth through outdoor adventure and will continue to serve Peak 7 as a board member and ambassador. His commitment and sacrifice to build and lead this organization has made an incredible impact that can never be fully known–thank you Ryan!

Our last transition to share is that after 8 years of service, our Chairwoman, Kiuk Lee will be retiring from the Board. We are thankful for the positive impact of Kiuk’s leadership in growing and transforming the Board. Assuming the role as the Chairman of the Board is Spokane attorney, John Harper who first joined Peak 7 in 2010 as a rock-climbing guide.

Thank you again for your support of Peak 7. Your prayers and financial support keeps all of us at Peak 7 energized and invigorated as we share the hope of Jesus with youth through the great outdoors. We ask for your continued support as we work towards increasing Peak 7’s impact and organizational sustainability this year and in years to come.

Peace and blessings to you!

On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees,
John Harper & Kiuk Lee