Campus Middle School students raised $9,244 by soliciting $1 donations for paper snowflakes to support familie...
It’s good for now: Is it sustainable? SUBMITTED BY THE LIONS CLUB Humanitarian service organizations like Lion...
Newly created Wings Over the Rockies Captain Jeppesen Foundation to focus on aiding young people interested in...
The South Metro Denver REALTOR® Association (SMDRA) and its caring members recently collected hundreds of toys...
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Anchor Center – it’s a unique, one of a kind place and so is its signature fundraiser! The annual Sunset...
As part of Macy’s Believe campaign, each Wednesday from November 6 through December 11*, Macy’s colleagues and...
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Campus Middle School students raised $9,244 by soliciting $1 donations for paper snowflakes to support families coping with the terminal illness of a loved one.
The Denver Hospice announced that the National Junior Honor Society of Campus Middle School, in the Cherry Creek School District, recently raised the money for its Christopher’s Angels Fund.
Sponsored by teachers Meagen Fox, Garrett Weekley, and Cathy Edam, the students raised the money from family members, neighbors and friends.
“The Denver Hospice is grateful for this generous donation from the National Junior Honor Society students at Campus Middle School,” said David Giordano, Vice President of Development for The Denver Hospice, the Denver metro area’s largest not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization. “The amount of time and hard work put forward to reach their fundraising goal speaks highly of their determination to make a positive difference in their community.”
The donated funds will be contributed to the Christopher’s Angels Fund at The Denver Hospice. Christopher’s Angels Fund is a philanthropically supported special initiative established to assist the non-medical critical needs of eligible families receiving hospice care services.
The fund was created in 1989 by Bob and Donna Johnson in memory of their son, Christopher, who passed away when he was two years old. Their hope was that by creating Christopher’s Angels Fund, they could ease the financial stress on other families coping with the terminal illness of someone they love.
About The Denver Hospice
The Denver Hospice, our community’s largest not-for-profit hospice and palliative care organization, has offered trusted care and exceptional comfort to those facing advanced illness since 1978. Nowhere will you find a more compassionate group of professionals dedicated to delivering collaborative resources and peace of mind to patients and their loved ones. For more information, visit thedenverhospice.org.
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Humanitarian service organizations like Lions Clubs International serve communities around the world. They do their best, but can they do better yet? This is a story about how one Lions Club plans to sustain its impact.
For Lions, vision has been important since 1925, when Helen Keller challenged founder Melvin Jones to make Lions “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”
Internationally, Lions has Sightfirst and Recycle for Sight. Sightfirst is all-encompassing. It funds efforts to fight the major causes of preventable and reversible blindness and provide services to persons who are visually impaired. Recycle for Sight operates under the guideline that “Usable Glasses Give New Life.” It’s designed to collect, process and ultimately dispense used eyeglasses to those in need.
In Colorado and Wyoming, Lions took on the task in the 1990s of establishing the foremost eye centers in the Rocky Mountain region. Collaborating with the University of Colorado, Lions raised over $7 million in funds to create the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute (RMLEI) and the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank (RMLEB). In 2018, RMLEI employed 82 eye doctors and saw over 100,000 patients. RMLEB recovers tissue from donors to provide for over 2,500 sight-restorative transplants per year.
Locally, the Denver Lions Club (DLC) through its International Eyesight Missions Committee conducts vision screening campaigns in Denver and around the world. Between 2007 and 2019 it’s worked in the countries of Rwanda, Ecuador, Nepal, Senegal, Mongolia, Mexico and Ethiopia to assess refractive error and dispense used eyeglasses. It’s now engaged in a project to make its efforts sustainable in Mongolia.
Let’s consider what DLC is doing there. In 2017 and again in 2018, volunteers from the Club conducted screening campaigns in Ulaanbaatar and in Middle and South Gobi. They evaluated refractive errors in 3 ways:
Gathering important subjective information about patients’ vision issues, e.g., problems with reading, itching, etc.;
Testing acuity using eye charts;
Assessing distance vision using portable auto-refractors.
Patients then would visit an accompanying optometrist, who refined the evaluation and prescribed corrective lenses. Finally, volunteers selected appropriate eyeglasses from among the thousand they transported with them to Mongolia. Each campaign saw about 1,000 people during the 6 days it operated.
The impact was dramatic, but it was limited by logistics. The volunteers couldn’t stay and continue their work. They could only leave the remaining used eyeglasses that they’d transported, but they had no means for dispensing them judiciously while gone.
That’s where the Club got creative, devising an approach to make its efforts last. They purchased a functional yet inexpensive auto-refractor, phoropter and lensometer and arranged to visit Mongolia once again in 2019 to deliver the equipment. They donated this equipment and a shipment of used eyeglasses to a group of civic-minded Mongolians who have demonstrated their willingness to see patients regularly and periodically, going forward. This same group will comprise a new “Gegee” Lions Club that has optometrists Bataa Batjargal and Turmur as two of its members. DLC is training the Gegee Lions Club members how best to fit patients in need with the eyeglasses in inventory. Later, it will ship another, large load of eyeglasses to serve as inventory for the ongoing work.
The Ulaanbaatar Gegee Lions have great future prospects, and their impact will be sustainable for years to come!
Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum and the Jeppesen Aviation Foundation announced that they have joined forces to create the Wings Over the Rockies Captain Jeppesen Foundation, a new 501(c)(3) organization. The foundation’s mission is to support Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in being a leader in providing aerospace educational opportunities fulfilling youthful dreams in the spirit of Captain Elrey B. Jeppesen and his legacy.
Captain Jeppesen was an aviation pioneer who made lasting contributions to aeronautical navigation and the safety of flight; everyone who travels by air is the beneficiary of his lifetime work. Captain Jeppesen’s passion for flying and his dedication to safety serve as an inspirational model for young people as they explore career paths in aviation.
Going forward, the newly formed Wings Over the Rockies Captain Jeppesen Foundation will continue to raise funds and award numerous aviation scholarships and grants leading the creation of opportunities to advance aerospace education. Also, the new foundation will be the steward of the Elrey Jeppesen memorabilia on display at Denver International Airport, as did the former Jeppesen Aviation Foundation.
“We’re very excited to be part of Wings Over the Rockies, since we share a common interest in encouraging young people to pursue aviation careers,” said Sandy Stedman, president of the Wings Over the Rockies Captain Jeppesen Foundation. “This new partnership is particularly important in the face of the growing pilot shortage. This new arrangement will allow us to expand our scholarship activities for the next generation of aerospace leaders and to collaborate to preserve Captain Jeppesen’s legacy.”
“The Wings Over the Rockies Captain Jeppesen Foundation is a crucial next step in the evolution of Wings Over the Rockies and aviation education in Colorado,” explained Wings Over the Rockies president and CEO, Maj Gen John Barry, USAF (Ret). “We are excited to be joining the Jeppesen Aviation Foundation to offer unprecedented opportunities in aerospace and to help the aviation and space industries prosper for decades to come.”
For additional information on the foundation visit www.wingsmuseum.org/foundation.
The South Metro Denver REALTOR® Association (SMDRA) and its caring members recently collected hundreds of toys, gift cards, and raised more than $9,000.00 for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver during the association’s Fifth Annual Holiday Brunch and Toy Drive held Friday, December 6, 2019 at SMDRA’s Centennial headquarters. On December 12th, a moving truck filled with the toys was presented to representatives of the Boys and Girls Club and the Together 4 Colorado Toy Drive at the Kings Soopers at Colorado Boulevard and Yale Street.
Net proceeds from SMDRA’s Holiday Brunch and Toy Drive went towards the purchase of additional toys for the Boys and Girls Club. Those attending the presentation of toys included members of SMDRA’s Board of Directors and its Charities and Community Involvement Committee. The event was featured on the Channel 4 News broadcast at noon on December 12th. SMDRA attendees included Heather Hankins, SMDRA’s Chairman of the Board; Melissa Maldonado, Chief Executive Officer of SMDRA, plus other members of the association’s board and committee volunteers
“The annual toy drive to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver is one of our favorite endeavors each year,” said Hankins. “The club’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need the organization most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. The Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver is dedicated to providing a world-class club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who enters its doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. SMDRA is proud to support such a worthwhile organization.”
For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, visit the charitable organization online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anchor Center – it’s a unique, one of a kind place and so is its signature fundraiser! The annual Sunset in the Country that began decades ago as a picnic, and is now a gala, was held at J-5 Equestrian Center in the Southwest suburbs – a beautiful country setting. The already pristine arena was transformed into a ballroom of sorts with elaborately and creatively decorated, themed tables. Footers catered an elegant dinner of filet mignon after an array of passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails during the impressive silent auction bidding. A highlight of the program was hearing from the speaker parents Mark and Denae Davison whose daughter Lydia thrived at the center. “It was the beginning of miracles,” said mom Denae. “We literally watched Lydia make leaps and bounds at Anchor Center and Anchor Center taught us how to be better parents,” said Mark. Funds to operate Anchor Center are 95% privately funded and qualify for Colorado’s Child Care Tax Credit.
Anchor Center for Blind Children is the major philanthropy for Delta Gamma and dozens of members of the national sorority attend each year. Attire was equestrian or western chic and entertainment was by The Jakarta Band. A kick off for table hosts is held in the summer prior. Anchor Center’s staff and volunteers are passionate about transforming the lives of young children with visual impairments. For information about the center or a being a table host at the 2020 event, visit: www.anchorcenter.org or call: 303-377-9732.
As part of Macy’s Believe campaign, each Wednesday from November 6 through December 11*, Macy’s colleagues and Make-A-Wish® chapters throughout the country celebrated the wish of a local Make-A-Wish child through dedicated Wish Wednesdays.
On Wednesday, December 11, 4-year-old Brantley, who is battling a congenital heart disease, and his family arrived at Denver International Airport en route to Breckenridge, CO where Brantley’s wish to build a snowman will come true thanks to Macy’s and Make-A-Wish, with the help of Southwest.
Prior to Brantley’s surprise flight from Dallas, TX to Denver, Macy’s Santa and his elves met Brantley and his family at Dallas Love Field Airport where Santa officially revealed Brantley’s wish is coming true. Representatives from Macy’s, Make-A-Wish, Southwest Airlines employees and customers hosted a festive sendoff for Brantley at the departing gate.
While inflight, Macy’s surprised and delighted Southwest customers with gift bags filled with goodies, including a Believe postcard for customers to write their letter to Santa to help Macy’s and Make-A-Wish grant more wishes that are waiting to come true.
Upon arrival at Denver International Airport, representatives from Macy’s, Make-A-Wish Colorado and Southwest Airlines will welcome Brantley and his family at Southwest baggage claim where Brantley will receive additional surprises, including new winter gear and a snowman building kit, courtesy of local Macy’s colleagues. On Thursday, December 12, Santa and his elves will reunite with Brantley in Breckenridge, CO where Brantley will fulfill his wish to build a snowman*.
Macy’s beloved Believe letter-writing campaign, in partnership with Make-A-Wish, seeks to capture the joy and generosity of the holiday season by asking the community to come together to help grant wishes for children with critical illnesses. From November 4 through December 24, 2019, Macy’s is asking customers of all ages to write their letters to Santa and drop them off in stores or submit them online at macys.com/believe. For every letter sent, Macy’s will donate $1, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish to help grant wishes for children battling critical illnesses.
With support from the Macy’s Believe campaign, Make-A-Wish provides children with critical illnesses the chance to experience life beyond their illness and see their most heartfelt wish come true, allowing them to replace fear with confidence, anxiety with hope and sadness with joy. Since 2003, Macy’s has donated more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish, including more than $19 million through the annual Believe campaign, helping to grant more than 14,500 wishes and impact more than 2.9 million people, including wish kids and their families, volunteers, community groups, medical professionals and more.
For more information about Macy’s Believe campaign, visit macys.com/believe.
The stars aligned to do good things! There were constellations and plenty of stars and generous hearts when Children’s Hospital Colorado celebrated its annual gala at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. “Like pictures etched in the stars, we are all connected” was the message of a powerful video. “Through thousands of connections, great and small, we come together to help kids be healthy,” said Jena Hausmann, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Colorado.”Our family loves Children’s Hospital,” said Imagine Sponsor Ed Kerr. He related stories of his and wife Jeannette’s daughter Remington’s nine surgeries and the long journey of how she has become the woman she is today with love and support of Children’s Hospital. “The Kerr Family is a beacon of light,” said Jen Darling who is president and CEO of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation. Reggie Rivers was special guest and live auctioneer contributing to the success of the evening’s amazing fundraising milestone. Children’s Hospital Colorado is in the TOP 10 Children’s Hospitals in the U.S. in partnership with Anschutz at C.U. It is the only comprehensive nonprofit children’s hospital in a seven-state region, providing world-class, family-centered care to more than 225,000 kids every year.
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