PRINEVILLE — Peak 7 Adventures, an outdoor adventure non-profit targeting underserved youth, was recently awarded an $83,000 grant from the Vancouver, Wash.-based M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to fund the purchase of two shuttle buses and new equipment for its central Oregon location.
Of the $83,000 awarded, $47,000 is guaranteed while the remaining $36,000 is contingent upon Peak 7 raising $72,000 by Dec. 31 in a 1 to 2 matching program.
Headquartered in Spokane, Wash., Peak 7 provides whitewater rafting, rock climbing, and backpacking adventures to underserved youth as a way to challenge them spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally to help them realize a greater potential.
The agency expanded into Oregon after acquiring Discovery Outfitters, a non-profit rafting and climbing organization, in 2010. While in the process of assuming ownership of Discovery Outfitters, Peak 7 saw a need to acquire new equipment, including rafts, sleeping bags, climbing gear, and vehicles.
“Peak 7 continues to be committed to providing outdoor adventures at the highest level of safety,” said Ryan Kerrigan, executive director and co-founder of Peak 7. “Being able to purchase two vehicles and some replacement gear for our Oregon location will ensure our ability to maintain our safety standards while allowing us to serve a greater number of youth from all over Oregon.”
“We’re excited to see the amazing growth that has taken place here since 2006. We are so blessed that our donors and foundations, like Murdock, believe in what we are doing and that they choose to support us financially as much as they have,” Kerrigan added.
Peak 7 has grown from serving 137 youth in 2006, its first year, to more than 2,800 in 2012.
To fulfill its portion of the grant requirement, Peak 7 is pursuing various potential sources of support, including additional grants, fundraising events, and individual donations.
For additional information about the organization, contact staff member Ryan Rodin at 509- 998-8555 or ryan.rodin@