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Ten Years, $1M Strong

Pique published an informative article on July 5 highlighting the 10th anniversary of AFOW.

“The Whistler community would be roughly one million dollars poorer if not for its American friends.

Those friends care about the community so much they’ve been working to make it a better place for years.

That credo is at the heart of the American Friends of Whistler (AFOW), a U.S. non-profit organization that is celebrating its 10-year milestone this month.”

A founding board member, Bill Kunzweiler, commented:

“I don’t think anybody had that expectation,” he said, of raising $1 million in the last decade.

“Where I think it’s been most valuable is it exposed Americans to the inner workings of the community, some of the needs of the community, and it’s been a conduit for Americans to have a positive impact on the community.”

Jeff Harbers Adaptive Sports Center Opens

December 30, 2011 marked the opening of the Jeff Harbers Adaptive Sports Center.  It is a wonderful legacy to Jeff’s keen interest in supporting the Whistler community:

“(Jeff) believed that the community that gave him so much pleasure should be given back to,” said widow Renee Harbers during Friday’s reception. “He also was a passionate outdoorsman and sportsman, and I know from whatever piste he’s skiing on now, he’d be delighted that his resources are going towards making the outdoors and sports available to everyone.”

American Friends of Whistler contributed $117,000 toward construction of the center.

American Thanksgiving 2011

American Thanksgiving typically launches the ski season.  Pique used it to profile recent activities of American Friends of Whistler.

“[We] have come to have a real affection for Whistler and this gives them an opportunity to give back to, I would say, their second home, and make a difference for the general well being of the community,” said Rod Rohda, president of the AFOW.