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Helping you is

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Catamount Financial Advisors are deeply passionate about giving back to our community. Below are some of the people and organizations we support.

An active lifestyle fuels a healthy body and mind, allowing us to be the most full version of ourselves.

For those who have experienced a spinal cord injury, being active can feel out of reach. The obstacles are real: physical, financial, and even the belief it is possible.

The Kelly Brush Foundation (KBF) is dedicated to making active lifestyles a reality for those who have experienced a spinal cord injury. We offer the inspiration to believe and the grants to enable anyone to buy the equipment they need to get out and go. But the KBF funds more that just recreation, because when you’re out there on the hill, road or trail, as your heart rate rises and you feel the wind on your face, disability fades away. An active lifestyle forges connections with others — both new friends and old, in and out of a chair.

The KBF was founded by Kelly and her family after Kelly was injured in 2006 at an NCAA alpine ski race. Since our founding, we’ve been committed to ski racing safety and will continue to advocate and provide resources so that every ski racer is training and competing on the safest possible venues.


Our team participates in the Kelly Brush Foundation Century Ride every September, both as volunteers and (some of us!) as riders. We also participate in the ‘Inspire Vermont’ event every summer, helping to raise money and awareness for the incredible work the Kelly Brush Foundation does.

About the Foundation

The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation is a non-profit endeavor inspired by the life of Ryan Hawks. The foundation was founded in April of 2011 after Ryan, a well-known and widely respected extreme skier, passed away from injuries sustained during a Freeskiing World Tour event in Kirkwood, CA. To honor his legacy as a person, his family set up a non-profit foundation called the Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation.


  • EXPOSE adventurers of all ages to core values
  • INSPIRE adventurers to seek, find, and write their own core values
  • ACT to stimulate adventurers to use their self- composed core values as a set of rails which influence daily attitude, engagement in life, and future decisions, both large and small

Statement of Purpose

To extend the impact and spirit of Ryan Hawks to make the world a better place one person, one day, one event, one core value, one decision at a time.

The Flyin Ryan Hawks Foundation exists to challenge students, athletes and others to independently explore what is important to them and to take ownership of those ideas by composing a set of Core Values to serve as the basis for their daily attitude and decisions. We believe that an internally imposed sense of identity is a vital component in life that will produce higher quality decisions and a greater sense of well-being.

The Foundation has three programs that promote the Core Values Matter philosophy.


It is no secret our team loves the outdoors and skiing in particular. Flyin’ Ryan’s story inspires our group to live our CORE VALUES. In fact, our team went through the CORE VALUES process to help us explore what is important to us and live by those values every day.

Catamount Core Values—

Alex- Always leave a situation better than I found it.

Ryan- Live every day, all day.

Patti- Loyalty to family and friends, compassion, honesty, courage, protect others.

Sue- Be supportive, stay healthy, never stop learning, don’t take anyone for granted.

Tina- Never lose my sense of adventure, stay active, count my blessings every day.

Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.


We believe the Special Olympics has the ability to inspire inclusion in our community. Our team volunteers at numerous events throughout the year. Some of our favorites are the Bocce competition at the annual Summer Games, and the Board of Director’s Golf Tournament.

Chill Foundation


Our youth development program revolves around a six-week curriculum that uses boardsports to teach life skills and increase self-esteem in our participants. Our six weekly themes: patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, respect, and pride, provide a framework for learning and personal growth. We use our time getting ready to introduce the weekly themes through an activity, and reinforce the concept during our time on a board. This structure allows participants to make meaningful connections to the curriculum while experiencing the joy of riding on a board.


We believe everyone should have the opportunity to experience the outdoors. Founded by Jake and Donna Carpenter of Burton Snowboards, Chill Foundation makes that opportunity a reality for thousands of participants in its programs. We participate in a number of Chill events each year, ranging from the Chill Golf Tournament to the Fall Bash- always having a fantastic time supporting the foundation with incredible people.

The intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Vermont facilitates the personal growth and education of young men and women through their participation in a comprehensive program of NCAA Division I sports. As an integral part of the university, the intercollegiate athletics program actively promotes equity and diversity, fosters the pursuit of academic and athletic excellence, and provides community enrichment.


In our Vermont community we are proud of Vermont Athletics legacy. These student athletes demonstrate hard work and dedication every day and provide great role models for our youth. You can often find members of our team at the Ice Hockey and Basketball games, particularly in the Catamount Financial Advisors of Raymond James Victory Club!

Raymond James is not affiliated with the above organizations.

“There is no respect for others without humility in one’s self.”

Frédéric Amiel