A Retirement Party with Impact

By: Alli Tolbert, Marketing & Communications Intern

Last fall, Robert “Sparky” Millikin participated in Edge of Seven’s Trek with a Purpose into the remote rural villages of the Solokhumbu region of Nepal last fall. Since then, Edge of Seven and Sparky have become fast friends. He has become a passionate voice in raising awareness about the importance of girls’ education and sustainable infrastructure throughout his own community in Burlington, VT and beyond.


An accomplished professional in design and construction, Sparky is now retiring as Managing Principal of TruexCullins, an architecture and interior design firm located in Burlington. In recent months, Sparky and TruexCullins have offered Edge of Seven pro bono design support around earthbag construction, as well as provided advocacy and fundraising support through local marketing and events.

A celebration of Sparky’s career was held last Thursday, May 9, in Burlington, VT. The celebration was a dual retirement party and fundraising event to support Edge of Seven work empowering women and girls through infrastructure projects in Nepal. Edge of Seven is overwhelmed by Sparky’s generosity and thankful for the great work and support of those at TruexCullins! Read more about Sparky’s career here: http://www.truexcullins.com/sparky/.

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The party was a great success, raising $20,000 through a combination of individual donations the night of the event and a campaign leading up to the party. To top it off, the Heritage Automotive Group (Ford, Toyota, Scion on Shelbourne Road, S. Burlington) made a final donation, bringing us to a total of $20,000. An enormous thank you to TruexCullins, the event attendees, the Heritage Automotive Group and all other supporters for making this ambitious goal!! Funding will be used to support Edge of Seven’s Community Development Program, empowering women and girls in rural Nepal through infrastructure projects.

If you were inspired by Sparky’s experience, please visit his Crowdrise page and consider making a donation today!

If you are interested in having a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in Nepal and to combine adventure, travel and service in one trip, look no further. Edge of Seven is embarking on two exciting trips this fall!

Everest Base Camp Trek: http://edgeofseven.org/Adventure.html

Basa Project: http://edgeofseven.org/VolunteerOpportunity.html


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