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Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Prepares for Operation Mountain Freedom

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES), in partnership with Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and the Inyo National Forest Service will welcome more than 50 active and veteran military personnel and their families. Participants have a myriad of disabilities, including Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Major Depressive Disorder, and amputations.

Beginning with a welcome dinner hosted by Mammoth Lakes Fire Department, the community of Mammoth Lakes will gather together to support our wounded warriors for a week of therapeutic recreation as part of Operation Mountain Freedom.

This event, which has been growing each year since 2007, was created in an effort to help our wounded warriors reintegrate into civilian life within the beauty, safety, and joy of the Sierra Nevada mountains. New this year, athletes will participate in sessions geared toward assimilating to civilian life including goal setting, successful transition and caregiver support.

Like all of DSES’s programs for military athletes, Operation Mountain Freedom often changes the lives of participants. For example, Julius, a retired Army Ranger who first came to Operation Mountain Freedom in 2016 learned to Alpine and Nordic ski as part of the program. Julius has since returned to several events to improve his skills and now competes across the country in Nordic and biathlon races. He and his fiancée, Katie, continue to support the program in many capacities like fundraising and mentoring both military and civilian athletes new to the world of adaptive sports. Julius and Katie are now so entwined in the DSES family that they are making the organization as part of their wedding celebrations which include a ceremony at the summit of Mammoth Mountain coinciding with Operation Mountain Freedom.

On Thursday, January 16, the Mammoth Lakes community is invited to come together to recognize all participants with a ceremonial Arch of Honor at 8:45am at the Gondola Building at Main Lodge.

Operation Mountain Freedom is supported by generous grants and contributions from The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF), National Football League (NFL), Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA), Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and Steve and Dana Garcia.

For a complete schedule of events and more information about Operation Mountain Freedom, please contact Amanda Carlson at 760.934.0791 or email acarlson@disabledsportseasternsierra.org.


Dwight Yoakam headlines the Eastern Sierra Music Festival

July 20th,
by Seth Conners

Don’t miss grammy Award winner Dwight Yoakam live in concert at the Eastern Sierra Music Festival.  Along with Dwight Yoakam, Friday nights lineup includes Brooke Eden and The Elm Street band.
Saturdays show will be headlined by Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers.  Saturdays show also includes The Old Southern Moonshine Revival and The Elm Street Band.
The Eastern Sierra Music Festival is a fundraiser for Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra’s Wounded Warrior Center in Mammoth Lakes.
Enjoy all day live local music throughout the fairgrounds with great food and great vendors available.
Tickets are available at Diane Corsaro Insurance, The VFW Post 8988, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra, or on line at www.musicfest.org.   For on site RV parking and additional information, call 760 683 9801.


BBQ and Local Bands

Eastern Sierra Music Festival Barbecue
and Artist Exhibition showcases local musical talents

submitted by ESMF
March 28, 2016

Join the Eastern Sierra Music Festival for its Spring Barbecue and Artist Exhibition, Saturday, April 16, 2 p.m. at Yribarren Ranch, seven miles south of Bishop on U.S. 395.

The event showcases live music from local talent set to appear at this summer’s Eastern Sierra Music Festival. Those performing at the barbecue include Halfway to Benton, What If, The Harry Andreas Band, 2nd Hand Smoke, and Steven Christie & The Pitchforks.

The barbecue’s menu includes a choice of tri-tip or barbecued turkey with all the fixings. Ranch bean master Duane Rossi will contribute his specialty, and a variety of salads plus homemade cobbler rounds out the meal.

In addition to the music, hay rides will be available, courtesy Lee and Jennifer Roeser.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $12.50 for kids under 12, and are available at Cobwebs, Diane Corsaro Insurance or VFW Post 8988. The festival’s website at WWMusicFest.org also offers barbecue tickets.

This summer’s Eastern Sierra Music Festival features country legends Dwight Yoakam and Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers, plus rising stars Brooke Eden and Old Southern Moonshine Revival. Tickets for the festival are on sale now and available at the festival’s website, WWMusicFest.org.

Eastern Sierra Music Festival benefits The National Wounded Warrior Center set to be built in Mammoth Lakes by Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra.

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