Spirit of the Woods

Celebrate the work of Bradford Woods!

We're moving our Spirit of the Woods celebration to an online format this year. While we won't be able to get together in person to celebrate this year, there are still a few important ways you can help support the impactful work of Bradford Woods. We need your involvement and support now more than ever!


Online Auction

Our in-person live and silent auction are moving to an online format for this year! We want to thank the many donors who have given items to help support our mission (see a list below). During the week of April 12-18, we'll be highlighting and auctioning off the donated items. Stay tuned to our social media and ClickBid website to take a look at the great items we have to offer.

View our online auction

Record a Video

Since we won't be together in person, we're asking you – our alumni, campers, and stakeholders – to record a short, 1-minute video describing how Bradford Woods has made an impact on you. Be as creative as you want! You can post your videos with the hashtag #bwspirit or send them directly to Nicholas Hunter-Shields at nyhunter@indiana.edu. We'll be promoting these videos during the week of April 12-18.


For the first time in more than sixty years, our woods are quiet this spring: there are no schools, no fifth graders, and no trail songs. This loss of revenue means our operation is stretched, and we need support now more than ever. You can support our mission by making a general donation to Bradford Woods via the link below. You can also get in touch with us if you'd like to make an in-kind or other donation.


2020 Keynote Speaker - Elizabeth A. Elkas, MFA

We will be sharing a special recorded message from Liz Elkas during the week of April 12-18.

Liz Elkas joined Riley Children’s Foundation as President and CEO in August 2019. Prior to joining Riley she  served as the Senior Associate Dean for Development at Indiana University School of Medicine, where she held progressively responsible roles during her 31-year tenure. Liz received her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, majoring in English Literature and Fine Arts. After graduation, she moved to the Hoosier state and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University. Liz and her husband, Dave, are the proud parents of two adult children. Liz is thrilled to be at Riley to help advance children’s healthcare through the gifts of generous donors.


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