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One person’s unwanted shoes can help provide meaningful opportunities that many in developing nations need. Alex Tooke & Derek Weber along with the entire Peak Properties Group have launched a shoe drive to collect 5,000 pairs of new or gently-worn shoes for Soles4Souls, a nonprofit social enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world.
Between April 1 and Dec. 31, bring new or gently-worn shoes of any kind to 2851 S. Parker Rd. Suite 100, Aurora. For more information, contact 720-515-7713 opt 0 or email@example.com
The donated shoes will be distributed to Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise programs that create jobs in Haiti, Honduras and other developing nations. The micro-enterprise model provides individuals the ability to start small businesses by providing a steady supply of high-quality, low-cost product. They also give a second life to unwanted shoes, keeping them out of landfills and protecting the environment.
“At Peak Properties it is our mission to support our local and global communities; however, we can,” said Alex Tooke, co-founder and employing broker at Peak Properties. “Our partnership with Soles4Souls is a unique way to help our global communities here at home while working with our clients and friends to collect unwanted shoes while they are moving or cleaning out their homes. Such a simple act can have such a huge impact.”
The World Bank estimates that approximately 767 million people live on less than $1.90 per day. Many people living in extreme poverty do not have access to stable employment. The income generated by selling just one pair of shoes in Haiti can provide up to five meals for a family in need, whereas 30 pairs sold by an entrepreneur in Honduras can provide up to a year of schooling for a child.
Revenue generated by Soles4Souls’ micro-enterprise operations funds the organization’s free distribution programs. These distributions provide relief in many developing nations around the globe in times of disaster and help bridge the economic gap in the United States and Canada.
To host a shoe drive or find out more information, go to www.GiveShoes.org/Get-Involved.
Keeping with its goal of service to the community, the South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) will host The Tank, its annual fundraiser for local nonprofits based on the popular television show “The Shark Tank.”
Six Colorado nonprofits will pitch a unique new program to a panel of “sharks,” comprising business leaders, lenders, investors and philanthropists. All nonprofits receive donations to help kick off new initiatives and a share of 40 percent of proceeds from ticket sales.
Last year’s event raised more than $16,000 for participating nonprofits.
“These nonprofits provide services to people who often can’t find help anywhere else. This is a noncompetitive way to support them all,” said Tank Chair Barb Findlay. “The Tank fulfills our mission of going beyond helping businesses thrive and ‘raising all of the boats’ in our community.”
The Tank will be held at the Lone Tree Arts Center Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Cocktails will follow presentations, followed by an award ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Nonprofits scheduled to present are Courageous Faces Foundation, Zane Beadles Parade Foundation, Friends First Home Builders Foundation, ShesCHERIshed and Warrior Bonfire Program.
Six area nonprofits will also exhibit at the event to raise awareness and obtain funding for their work. Exhibiting nonprofits are Arapahoe Philharmonic, Crisis Center, Denver Audubon, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Tall Tales Ranch and Wings Over the Rockies
A $250 donation is required to register as a “shark.” Donations may be split among nonprofits or given entirely to one organization.
Tickets are $40. Tickets and spaces on the panel of sharks are available at www.bestchamber.com/the-tank.html or 303-795-0142.
For more information, contact Barb Findlay at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-588-1766.
An amazing evening raised $15,000 for Milestones for Maxwell to help pay for gene replacement therapy at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas for young Maxwell Freed.
As was reported recently in The Villager, $1 million is needed for the procedure to replace Maxwell’s DNA because he was born with such a rare disease it’s only known by the letters — SLC6A1, This is the gene that controls the gamma-aminobutyric acid that is the largest inhibitory neurotransmitter in the nervous system. It is also what is missing Maxwell’s genome.
Attending the Milestone for Maxwell event March 8 at Infinity Park Event Center, included members of the Colorado Avalanche hockey team, and Leah Block from The Bachelor, James Love, Canadian professional golfer, and NFL football player Justin Drescher.
Thus far, Milestone for Maxwell has raised approximately $300,000. For more information contact Amber Freed at Afreed@SLC6A1connect.org. Donations are accepted at milestonesformaxwell.org or at the GoFundMe pagegofundme.com/slc6a1-connect.
Maxwell’s parents Amber and Marc Freed.
Marc Moser, Colorado Avalanche announcer and master of ceremonies for the evening.
Life stops when a family is faced with the serious illness of a child.
However, the financial obligations don’t stop, expenses mount as the child requires treatments and care. But, thanks to the generous support of nearly 300 people, hope exists.
On Feb. 9, those individuals gathered to raise $470,000 at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation’s annual Kaleidoscope Gala to support of these children and their families. Kaleidoscope is the signature fundraiser for the foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for families, sick children and infants throughout our communities by providing support when and how they need it most.
Between the festivities, guests were treated to an exquisite menu crafted by Frank Bonanno, one of Denver’s favorite chefs. The meal included five courses, each specially paired with a fine wine.
Special guests included Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, and a few of the thousands of children who were positively impacted by the foundation during its ten-year history.
Kaleidoscope 2019 is the most successful event to date. Since the event’s inception, it has raised more than $2.6 million for the foundation and its four programs: Mothers’ Milk Bank, Patient and Family Assistance, The Stink Bug Project, and the Best Start Program.
“We are thrilled with the terrific response of our sponsors and guests,” said Luanne Williams, executive director of the foundation. “Without their dedication and support, we could not serve the thousands of families who look to us every year to provide direct assistance during some of their most difficult times.”
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Lions Club of Denver, USA, arrives in Ethiopia Jan. 25, to conduct an eyesight screening campaign. Seven Lions will make the journey to Africa and will be accompanied by another seven volunteers from the United States; four members of the group from the U.S. are of Ethiopian descent.
The campaign will focus its service mostly on schoolchildren in the towns of Ebinat, Arba Minch, Shashamane and Shone. The Lions will be bringing eyeglasses collected by its statewide Recycle for Sight program. The schoolchildren will be tested and then fitted on-site with eyeglasses, as needed. The group expects to see nearly 2,800 children in total.
The volunteers include:
Dr. Sue Benes, an ophthalmologist from Buena Vista, who spent much of her career in academia at Ohio State University and has done research and clinical work around the world in places like Kenya, Ecuador and the Middle East;
Lion Myrna Ann Adkins, past executive director of The Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning in Denver and a participant in screening campaigns in Ecuador and Mongolia;
Lions Steve and Susy Kinsky, who have conducted eyesight screening campaigns in Ecuador, Senegal, Rwanda, Nepal, Mongolia and Mexico; and
Lion Mel Tewahade of Ethiopia, who is the primary organizer, with help from his Ethiopian contacts Adu Worku in Ebinat and Pochi Seifu in Shone, among others.
Lions Clubs International (LCI) was founded in 1917 and has over 46,000 Clubs and 1.4 million members in 206 countries around the world. Lions Club of Denver was also founded in 1917 as one of the 23 charter Clubs of LCI. Lions has the motto “We Serve,” and Lions Club of Denver is motivated by the adage: “In life, you need to breathe to survive, but you need to see to thrive.” Lions sees this impending trip to Ethiopia as a way to demonstrate its capacity for bringing different cultures of the world together through humanitarian service.
The power of a wish is a valuable thing – especially for children battling critical illnesses and experiencing the uncertainty, pain and medical visits that go with that diagnosis. For those children, and all the individuals involved in granting a wish through Make-A-Wish Colorado, a wish provides hope for brighter days ahead. Attendees at Make-A-Wish Colorado’s Wish Night, presented by Alpine Bank, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency Denver Colorado Convention Center Friday, Feb. 22, will experience firsthand the true power of a wish.
Entertainment at Wish Night will be provided by wish kids who have continued to expand and grow their talents with hope and excitement, despite their illnesses. Among the entertainers will be 14-year-old piano virtuoso Logan who is a freshman at Denver School of Arts, 15-year-old Fiona, a legendary cello player who is eagerly anticipating her wish, 16-year-old Lexi who will showcase her tap-dancing moves and a trio of young ladies who will be joined by their fathers in a special dance performance to Steven Curtis Chapman’s Cinderella.
Lainie and brother Logan will be performing at Wish Night. Logan is a Wish Kid.
In addition to the entertainment, guests will experience a rare, live wish reveal during which a wish kid will learn that his/her wish will be granted. The evening will also include cocktails and dinner, silent and live auctions and special gifts. Tickets for the 2019 Wish Night are available online at wish2019.givesmart.com or by calling 303-750-9474.
Make-A-Wish Colorado’s board chair, Doug Askam, is excited about Wish Night and the line-up of talented performers. Askam states, “Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. The hope that a wish offers helps to improve their quality of life, and the wish kids who will be performing at Wish Night are shining examples of the powerful impact a wish can have.”
Denver7’s Jason Gruenauer will serve as the master of ceremonies for the 2019 Wish Night. Gruenauer, who has played Prince Charming for several wishes, knows how inspiring a wish can be and the importance of bringing together the community to share in that experience and raise funds to grant future wishes.
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