Stand for the Man in Black Continues

The Stand for the Man in Black fundraiser launched on April 22nd, 2014 and ended on June 22nd, 2014 having raised $7,655.00 towards our ultimate goal of $250,000.00 needed to replace the airplane lost to a devastating fire on September 16th, 2013.

Stand for the Man in Black

Stand for the Man in Black

My name is Amber-Lee Dibble and I am Alaska Chick. I am a Mother, web-master for PioneerOutfitters.com, the Manager, Lead Guide Trainer and Professional Guide for Pioneer Outfitters. I am also a published author and the creator and instructor of the Professional Guide Ethics Class for the State of Alaska and United States Navy Veteran.

The Stand for the Man in Black fundraiser was launched on my 23rd Anniversary with Pioneer Outfitters. I came to Chisana 23 years ago. Just home after serving in Desert Storm, I read an article in an old copy of The Paint Horse Journal about Pioneer Outfitters and my life began to change.

Coming to Chisana, Alaska was like coming home and I felt the incredible peace and welcome of the wilderness from the first morning I woke here, deep in the remote Alaskan wilderness. More than half of my life has been spent here, in the Alaskan mountains at the site of the last Historic Gold Rush. Every single one of those years has brought so many blessings and lessons into my life, teaching and guiding me professionally, personally, spiritually and intellectually; shaping me into someone so much better than I could have ever been anywhere else.

Master Guide Terry Overly, the Man in Black, is Pioneer Outfitters. He is my Boss, my friend and my mentor. Time and again over the years, I thanked God for the blessings of Terry and Chisana in my life. When the airplane exploded and alerted those of us in Chisana that day, it reminded us all just exactly how blessed we are. The airplane was destroyed by fire sitting on the ground, not with this very special man in it.

Stand for the Man in Black

Stand for the Man in Black

The survival of this 90-year-old business is at stake. The survival of somebody special to somebody could someday be at stake. The survival of our horses is at stake. The survival of someone who is lost and afraid is at stake. Without the airplane, the community of Chisana itself is at stake.

Stand for the Man in Black II was the continuation of this vital effort for survival.

#Stand4theManinBlack was a success! Some people may think, just for a moment, that we failed with Stand for the Man in Black. That would be a misinterpretation. The Stand for the Man in Black fundraiser was a success in that in spite of the very real threat to a way of life that no longer exists for very many people we were able to be faithful to our promise to Be Fearless and ask you to stand with us and help us to ensure the survival of something very special to the entire world.

Stand for the Man in Black II is the next step on the journey towards what the future has been unfolding before us all. Please help assure that the safety of all comes first and the survival of this historic area remains here for future generations to experience.

Over the last two months, I have received a little bit of feedback (not much, mind you) on the campaign. The biggest question is “How can I help?” This always seems to bring out the shyness that I battle whenever it comes to asking for help. But seriously, I am committed to Be Fearless! And I am committed to #Stand4theManinBlack so I decided it might be easier to write it out plainly first.

Stand for the Man in Black

What you can do to help:

  • You can #Stand4theManinBlack by contributing to the fundraiser.
  • You can #Stand4theManinBlack by sharing and stressing to your own communities how important this campaign is to the survival of a way of life, people lost or hurt, an entire herd of range horses, a 90 year old business and an entire community.
  • You can #Stand4theManinBlack by sharing and stressing to others that many small donations add up so much faster than many less incredibly generous ones.
  • You can #Stand4theManinBlack by reaching out to people you know who may have the influence and heart to stand with us and help us to let the world know.
  • You can #Stand4theManinBlack by writing a blog post or article about the campaign and how important it is to the survival of a way of life so far removed from most people’s lives today.
  • You can #Stand4theManinBlack by writing a blog post or an article about the campaign and how important it is to the survival of anyone who finds themselves in need or trouble in the wilderness that is our home in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve.
  • You can #Stand4theManinBlack by focusing a blog post or article on how important this campaign is to the survival of this historic community and the people who live here.
  • You can #Stand4theManinBlack by writing a blog post or article about the campaign and how important it is to the survival of the herd of range horses that depend upon us knowing where they are and when they need help or feed.
  • You can #Stand4theManinBlack by writing a blog post or article about the campaign and how important it is to the survival of a near-century old business.
  • You can #Stand4theManinBlack by being right here, for us, helping us to Stay the Path and keep the faith. Your encouragement, friendships, advice and input matters to us. A lot.

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