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Vail couple to hold fundraiser for Everest climb December 16 at eTown
Vail couple Brandon and Kristine Chalk are holding a fundraiser at eTown in Edwards December 16. Proceeds will benefit their effort to climb Mount Everest as well as the Taksindu Social Welfare organization in Nepal.
courtesy Taksindu Social Welfare of Nepal

Vail couple to hold fundraiser for Everest climb December 16 at eTown

By Tom Boyd

December 7, 2009 —  The typical honeymooners may head for a secluded beach, but that’s not the case for Brandon and Kristine Chalk of Vail. The two were married this past October, and now they’re attempting to become the youngest American couple to summit Mount Everest.

They will be holding a fundraiser at eTown Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. to help raise money for their quest, which will cost upwards of $60,000 to complete.

“Not every couple shares the same interests like that, and for us to be able to share a climb of Mount Everest together, it’s an experience that will last forever,” Brandon said.

Everest fundraister at eTown
What: Brandon and Kristine Chalk attempt to become youngest American couple to climb Everest ... then continue to conquer the Seven Summits.

Where: eTown in Edwards.

When: December 16, 2009 from 5:30 to close.

What else? Apps, dinner, drinks, a slide show, a silent auction, and good company.

To tackle one of the greatest physical challenge known to humankind is one thing, to do it as husband and wife adds a new, and colorful, dynamic. Brandon said the couple, who are in their early 30s, expects to be tested to their limits in many ways.

And while they stand to grow and learn tremendously from the experience, the Chalks will also act as ambassadors of our Valley to the people of Kathmandu, where they are planning to aid in the construction of a new addition to a school for disenfranchised children through a group called Taksindu Social Welfare of Nepal (TSW).

Vail couple to hold fundraiser for Everest climb December 16 at eTown
The Deku Primary School in Nepal, where TSW is sponsoring teacher salary payments and is soon hoping to expand and improve the school.
Courtesy TSW

“Presently, we at TSW are expecting Brandon and Kristine to engage on our newest school project in Kathmandu,” said TSW President Karma Sherpa, in Nepal. “Our project mainly focuses on for those less fortune children who really need our help to bring some positive change in their lives.”

Karma Sherpa called the participation of people like Brandon and Kristine an, “answer to prayer” for the children of the school, 85 percent of whom have migrated from remote portions of Nepal. Some of the children have been orphaned, others have lost their homes and shelter, and others have been dislodged due to natural disaster. The Maoist uprisings in Nepal have created violence and unrest in Nepal over the past decade and more, leaving many children without a safe place to live and learn.

Karma Sherpa, with help from people like Brandon and Kristine, is hoping to give these children a better future.

Beyond building schools, TSW has sponsored women’s centers, helped raise money to pay rural teachers, built libraries, and helped clean garbage and trash from trekking trails.

The Dec. 16 fundraiser at eTown will help bring Brandon and Kristine together with Karma Sherpa after their Everest expedition. The event includes a silent auction and slide show, and ten percent of proceeds from the party will be donated to the cause by eTown.

Individuals and corporations can also donate at
For more on the Taksindu Social Welfare organization visit Taksindu Social Welfare of Nepal. Brandon and Kristine's main sponsor is, an information engine that helps web browsers juggle the world's information.



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