Roll back the clocks to August 2009 in the quiet mountain town of Red Cliff, Colorado, a stunning twenty-minute drive south of Vail. Where what feels like both yesterday and a lifetime ago a simple idea was conceived: throw a little party, have friends over for a few beers, throw some axes, shoot some archery, and talk about how to raise money for a local charity.
But when a couple of backyard beers around the bonfire turned into a couple pitchers on the roof deck of Mango's Mountain Grill, prideful promises were made committing the following six weeks to turning a laughable idea into reality.
In the sobering morning that followed, Adam and Amanda Williams were concerned but chose to stand by the commitments made. With the help of fellow Red Cliff residents Chad and Kelli Holtz, (then Mango’s owner) Eric Cregon, a few more late nights and a few more pints of beer, the first ever Man of the Cliff began to take shape.
Six weeks of begging over the phone, email and in-person for potential donations and sponsors, the couple found themselves thousands of dollars in the hole with less than a few hundred dollars in pre-registration revenue to offset a fraction of their personal expenses, all but dousing the dream of generating a donation to a local charity of their choice.
But the team’s efforts coupled with the donated advertising from the local newspaper the Vail Daily and some perfect fall weather seemed to pay off as slowly but consistently, cars began to roll into town on Saturday morning.
Through a limited number of event registrations coupled with the revenue from the silent auction items from our supportive local community, the event was able to generate a meager but relieving $400 donation to the local charity.
Fast forward ten years. The event has turned into a staple in the Vail Valley, drawing not only crowds from the front range but committed competitors from out of state, and now has generated over $100,000 in donations towards local nonprofits.
If you have been with us since the beginning, we wholeheartedly thank you. It is because of you that we have been able to keep this crazy dream alive. If you are new, please join us – you won’t be disappointed. We've partnered with a new charity this year, giving 100% percent of 2019 proceeds to the local nonprofit Can Do Multiple Sclerosis! Come throw some axes, enjoy a couple of local beers and support a fantastic cause in the process.
Cheers! Adam, Amanda, Jude & Dixon