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Preserving a Legend's Wisdom and Legacy

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BENEFITING: Wish of a Lifetime

THE STORY:

Ernest ‘Tap’ Tapley's motto in life is to “dream big, follow your heart, and live free.”  At 90 years of age Tap's Wish of a Lifetime is to share the journey of his life. It is a life lived by that motto and one he hopes will inspire and educate future generations of aspiring outdoor enthusiasts and audiences of all types. Please help us preserve and pass on the legacy of an American treasure and a pioneer in outdoor education who has touched and changed the lives of thousands. This is the man who led the first Outward Bound course in America, built the first ropes course high in the trees, initiated the three-day wilderness solo, and when an expedition was trapped in a snowstorm, fed them with an elk he brought down with a throwing knife.
 
As a descendent of the Passamaquoddy tribe in the North East United States, Tap’s passion for the outdoors was instilled in him at birth. He learned several basic survival skills from his family, and enhanced this knowledge when he was recruited for the famed 10th Mountain Division at the age of 18 during WWII. Tap also helped found the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander, Wyoming, created the first outdoor leadership program on Baja California’s Sea of Cortez, helped create many of America’s famous ski resorts, and through a leadership style based on showing, not telling, instilled a love of wilderness in the hearts of youth from around the world.
 
Due to the impact that Tap has made on thousands of students, as well as anyone who meets him, Wish of a Lifetime has commissioned an author to grant this wish, by assisting in the publication of Tap’s biography to share with as many people possible. With your help we hope to publish thousands of books about Tap's experience surviving in the wilderness. Through this book we can instill love and respect of nature at a time when crucial habitats are under increasing pressure from human development. Tap's book will help preserve for all of us the places of beauty and wonder Tap used as the greatest classroom the world will ever know. Join us in supporting Tap's Wish and preserving his legacy and wisdom for generations to come.
 

The first 50 people to donate $200 or more will receive an autographed copy of the book upon its release.

On June 7th, Tap and his incredible story were featured at the annual Wish of a Lifetime Gala. 

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Contributions to sponsor a specific wish will be used for that wish, but in the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent carrying out a wish as planned, the contributions for that wish will be used to at the discretion of Wish of a Lifetime to further its charitable purposes and objectives. If contributions are received over and above what is necessary to fund a specific wish, the excess funds will be used at the discretion of Wish of a Lifetime to further its charitable purposes and objectives.

 

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To This Fundraiser

$16,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jim and Robey Frasche

    $250

  • Ernie and Jan Miller

    $200

  • Joe and Katharine Bedell

    $500

  • John & Ginny Freyer

    $500

  • Joel and Sandra Knight

    $200

  • Rob Burns

    $500

  • Jack and Linda Leebron

    $200

  • Jon D. Williams

    $200

  • Becky Arnold in memory of Andy Arnold

    $200

  • Meyer Family

    $50

  • Peter Smith

    $250

  • Louis W. Newell

    $250

  • Anonymous

    $10,000

  • Daniel C. Newman

    $200

  • Kay and J Midyette

    $200

  • charles pachter (zweig)

    $100

  • Roger and Lynn Walker

    $200

  • Steven Gordon, M.D.

     

  • Dan Newman

    $640

  • David Lovell

    $1,000

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107% Raised of $15,000 Goal

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Donor Comments

David Lovell

David Lovell

DONATION: $1,000

Tap was an important friend, model, and student of Tom's. He and his wife Anita Stalter were live models for many of Tom's paintings. Tap will live forever in Tom's work and in my heart. 4 years ago

Dan Newman

Dan Newman

DONATION: $640

4 years ago

Steven Gordon, M.D.

Steven Gordon, M.D.

4 years ago

Roger and Lynn Walker

Roger and Lynn Walker

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

charles pachter (zweig)

charles pachter (zweig)

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

Kay and J Midyette

Kay and J Midyette

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

Daniel C. Newman

Daniel C. Newman

DONATION: $200

One of the greatest persons I have ever met. Thank you Tap. 4 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $10,000

4 years ago

Louis W. Newell

Louis W. Newell

DONATION: $250

Tap showed me so much in my time at CA and shorter time on the MR team. I put it to use in most of the rest of my life. I've made at least 8,000 bowlines since 1966! 4 years ago

Peter Smith

Peter Smith

DONATION: $250

At Ob in the summer of '64 and again at NOLS in the summer of '66, Tap created an environment that changed my life trajectory. Thanks, Tap. 4 years ago