Award winning ranch with a mission to change the world
It is not often that an award winning hotel masquerades as a non-profit Foundation that aims to share a whole lot of kindness with a whole lot of deserving people. That’s because most hotels are focused on the bottom line and the return on investment. Brush Creek Ranch, in Wyoming, the “love child” of Beth and Bruce White, has its own unique story that sets it apart.
Brush Creek Ranch is not short on accolades these days, being celebrated as the 2017 “Best Resort Hotel in the Continental U.S.” and “Best Resort Hotel in the West” in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 22nd annual World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. Let’s not forget being rated number one resort in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards! It’s no surprise, that the property’s Magee Homestead has recently become a member of the Relais et Chateaux family.
The Family Behind the Charity
Bruce and Beth White, long-time hotel industry mavericks, purchased Brush Creek Ranch in 2008, with the intention of holding charity functions and hosting friends and family. However, it wasn’t long before they decided to share this special Wyoming ranch with those who would appreciate its culture and heritage, thus turning it into a luxury resort. Unique to other luxury dude ranches, the White’s established the Bruce and Beth White Family Foundation, thus touching the hearts of many through their generous efforts.
Artists in Residence Program
Want to put the final touches on a Tony award-winning Broadway production, as did the songwriters of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder? Want to paint an acrylic on canvas that ends up in the Saatchi Art Collection, as did artist Richard Kattman? Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts offers artists from almost any discipline an opportunity to explore their art in the sanctuary that is Brush Creek Ranch.
Approximately 85 residents are accepted in any given year for a residency of two or four weeks. There are usually eight residents on property at any one time. Authors, songwriters, painters, printmakers, playwrights, poets are all provided an opportunity to apply for the program, which offers room and board and the freedom to explore their craft amongst the peace and majestic beauty of Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming.
Inner City Children with an Opportunity of a Lifetime
Most of these middle school children have never seen the inside of a plane and have never been away from home, let alone experience anything as breathtakingly beautiful as the camp surroundings of Brush Creek Ranch’s Staddle Camp.
Growing up in Chicago’s most treacherous neighborhoods, the campers have been afforded a most unique opportunity, thanks in large part to the generosity of the White Family Foundation. The White’s have teamed up with the Big Shoulders Fund, a non-profit organization, helping Chicago’s most disadvantaged.
Applicants undergo a rigorous selection process, and once admitted, the fun and games is accompanied with responsibility. Campers spend hours each day learning, with a focus on science-based disciplines including water quality, plants, native animals, ranch life, and more.
Staddle Camp focuses on enhancing the campers’ interest and confidence in science and helping children reach their leadership and academic potential, in part by giving them opportunities to step out of their comfort zone. Erin, a first year counselor said, “some of these kids just have to be told that they can do it, so that they can believe in themselves”.
Partnering for Cancer – Cowgirl Up for the Cure Weekend
Always in the spirit of giving back, a female only exceptional weekend event has taken place every fall for the past five years, at Brush Creek Ranch. Highlights for attendees includes not only the usual Brush Creek Ranch roster of activities ranging from yoga, scenic hikes, horseback riding, special guest speakers, and so much more.
Thanks to the generosity of the Bruce and Beth White Family Foundation, one-third of the room rate is donated to the cause, which is matched dollar for dollar. This special partnership between the Bruce and Beth White Family Foundation and Susan G. Komen has become an annual event. For information go to the Brush Creek Ranch’s website at: www.brushcreekranch.com/packages/cowgirl-up-for-the-cure.
Seeing the world through a fresh lens is what the White Family Foundation offers, whether for middle school students, creative artists or healthcare supporters, this organization is a philanthropic venture with an outcome that makes a difference and changes lives’ – an honest to goodness foundation with heart!
Consider booking directly with Brush Creek Ranch at http://www.brushcreekranch.com or call 307.327.5284.
Donna Salle is a feature writer with ETB Travel News and would love to hear from you at TravelsWithHeart@gmail.com.