Press release from No Barriers USA:
No Barriers USA is pleased to announce Eduardo Garcia as the keynote speaker at the Mountain Air Outdoor Classic. The fundraising event, held Sunday, August 29th and hosted by the Mountain Air Country Club, raises awareness for No Barriers programs through an 18-hole scramble tournament and inspirational dinner. Dedicated supporters in the Mountain Air community helped the nonprofit raise over $45,000 with 2018’s event.
Chef and star of the film Charged: The Eduardo Garcia Story will act as the event’s keynote speaker. Garcia found his passion for cooking at just 15 years old—husting over hot pans, flipping burgers and throwing pizzas. An avid outdoorsman, his path took him from the kitchens of Seattle to the high seas, working as a private chef on yachts around the world.
Eduardo’s path, took a drastic turn in 2011 while elk-hunting in the Montana backcountry. After receiving a catastrophic electrical shock from a 2400-volt power line, Eduardo was severely burned and badly injured, leading to the amputation of half of his left arm and removal of several ribs. Eduardo fought to continue living his best life, and now travels the country delivering motivational speeches to prove what others can do with a refuse-to-quit attitude. He joins the No Barriers Outdoor Classic in support of their annual fundraising event.
The No Barriers Outdoor Classic raises money to support the nonprofit organization as it helps people break through barriers, find their inner purpose, and contribute their best to the world. The Mountain Air community has taken a particular interest in No Barriers Youth. No Barriers Youth serves students who represent a diversity of ability, socioeconomic background, race and ethnicity, and gender. Additionally, the program serves educators who support the social-emotional learning of these youth. The goal of this work is to build the capacity of youth to fulfill their potential, both personally and as agents of positive change in the world.
No Barriers programs provide opportunities for youth to develop a sense of purpose and confidence, grow through challenges, connect with others and the earth, and give back as leaders who serve. The result is youth who are equipped to face personal and global challenges, and who transition into adulthood inspired to fulfill their potential.