MBSEF to Break Ground on its First Permanent Home in 90 Years

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The Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation (MBSEF) has announced plans to break ground on its new, permanent facility. The public is invited to attend. MBSEF particularly encourages former MBSEF athletes, volunteers and families to join in. “This is the culmination of a dream that started many years ago,” says MBSEF Executive Director John Schiemer. “We have been developing youth in winter sports for generations, but never with a permanent facility to call our own.”

The event will take place Monday, October 7, on the grounds of the planned facility, in Bend. When completed, the 9,600 square-foot facility will be named the Bill Healy Training Center, after Bill Healy, the founder of the Mt. Bachelor ski area. One of Bill Healy’s sons, Cameron Healy, president of The Healy Foundation, will lead a group of special guests for the ceremonial groundbreaking. Project leaders, volunteers, donors and current and former MBSEF board members and athletes will also mark the occasion with a brief program and ceremony.

Major contributions to MBSEF’s A Place to Soar capital campaign have now helped raise approximately 85 percent of the organization’s $4 million campaign goal, enough to begin construction, project leaders say. “It’s like a second home for these kids,” says longtime MBSEF Coach and Olympian Kyle Wieche, who is also a member of the Place to Soar Campaign Team. “It makes a huge difference in their lives and will be the source of a lot of personal triumphs and life lessons. We’re thrilled the community has supported us this far and we are determined to raise the last $600,000 to meet our goal.”

Groundbreaking Details

Date and Time:  Monday, October 7 from 12 to 1:30pm

Location:  2765 NW Lolo Drive, Bend

mbsef.org • 541-388-0002

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