The Impact of the EpicPromise Foundation

2016-17 EpicPromise Foundation Impact

  • 260 Emergency Relief Grants totaling $506,214
  • 39 Educational Grants totaling $140,000

See first-hand the impact that the EpicPromise Foundation has had on employees! 



How the Foundation is making a difference...

Watch Rebecca and Zach's stories.




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Name: Kayla Bacon
Resort: Heavenly- Retail
Tenure with Vail Resorts: 1 year

Halfway through last ski season, Heavenly retail employee Kayla Bacon’s 6-year-old son Oliver sustained a ski injury on the Big Easy Trail at Heavenly Mountain. Oliver’s accident resulted in a spiral fracture to his left tibia which needed to be casted two separate times, leaving him home and missing school for four weeks. As a single-mother of two, Kayla found herself in a difficult situation. That is when Kayla discovered the EpicPromise Foundation: “The next day [after Oliver’s accident], I read the EpicPromise email about the emergency relief program. It was a blessing in disguise.”

 The EpicPromise Foundation Grant was able to lift some stress away from medical bills and loss of income while Kayla was able to stay home with Oliver and even homeschool him during his absence.

Kayla’s manager, Adam Carlson was in full support of Kayla applying for support from the EpicPromise Foundation. “[Kayla] is an awesome employee and an outstanding mother. She takes ownership of the Roxy (women's) portion of the Quiksilver store and does it while working an average of only 24 hours a week. She stopped in a few times during her leave to make sure we were doing OK with the women's sections and to give us updates on her son. Without the grant Kayla would have been backed up on bills and would've had to decide between electric/gas bills or car insurance. Making things easier on her family monetarily really helped with Oliver's recovery too. When Mom can be there taking care of him while not stressing in a cold apartment, everyone wins.”

  “Without the help, this situation would have felt impossible to overcome alone,” Kayla explained. “I was able to give my son my undivided attention and love without all the financial worries. After eight weeks, his second cast was removed. He's since been recovering very well and just finished skate week at school. I'm forever grateful for the support of the EpicPromise Foundation. My team was also a huge part of this relief. To everyone at Quiksilver, thank you for all your love and support!”



Name: Derk Dekoevend
Resort: Beaver Creek
Tenure with Vail Resorts: Eight years

After a severe knee injury last summer that resulted in multiple damaged ligaments, Beaver Creek Snow Cat Operator Derk Dekoevend found himself in a difficult situation. He had not been able to work 40 hours consistently this season due to pain and his doctor was recommending surgery as the only option. But Derk had no way to pay for the critical operation. He had been paying off medical bills from past treatments, which already stretched his monthly budget, and the upfront payment required by the surgery center was overwhelming. Senior Manager of Mountain Operations Ellen Galbraith recognized Derk’s need and helped him submit a Foundation application. After receiving support in late January, Derk is now on the road to recovery and will soon be able to return to his 40 hour work week. “The EpicPromise Foundation allowed me to get my surgery accomplished. I can now look forward to coming back to work and doing a job I love.”

Bryan Calcaterra, a snowmaking team lead at Beaver Creek, can’t wait to work with Derk again. “He’s a really great operator. The EpicPromise Foundation grant alleviated stress from his situation and will help him do his job better. I’m really excited to have him back on the excavator this summer.” This sentiment extends to the entire Mountain Operations team. “We were very pleased with how quickly the help came,” said Mountain Operations Manager John Neufeld. “We told him we wanted to help because we wanted him back on the team. That felt good to him.”

Ellen recognizes the benefits the Foundation provides Vail Resorts employee living within Vail Valley and beyond. “Every employee – every person – has hardships from time to time. When those difficulties come up, the EpicPromise Foundation allows employees to stay employed and stay living in the Valley.” 


If you would like to help Vail Resorts employees like Kayla and Derk, please consider making a donation to the EpicPromise Foundation. Or if you find yourself or a co-worker in need of assistance, learn more about how to fill out a Foundation application or nomination.  


Questions? Contact EpicPromise