Tuesday 10: Local Charities and Events We Love to Support

A restaurant that serves a buffet of over 20 different types of soup with ice cream for dessert that allows you to take your own bowl home…

A party where everyone dresses up, eats delicious food, and admires majestic birds of prey…

A 2-day, 150 mile bicycle ride, where everyone gets admittedly sweaty, sore, and exhausted yet they don’t care because they are riding to support someone they know that has MS…

The events are enjoyable, but really the greatest feeling comes from knowing you’re helping improve lives. Here are ten local charities we have the pleasure of supporting:

1. Food Bank of Larimer County- Empty Bowls – Feb 5th, 2015 – Bring your ladle and an empty stomach for this event. For the price of one ticket ($50), the Food Bank is able to provide $250 worth of food to families in need. Not bad for a night out. http://www.foodbanklarimer.org/our-signature-events/empty-bowls.

2. RAMSTRENGTH™Lubick Foundation – Valentine’s Dinner and Auction – Feb 12th, 2015 – Supports local cancer survivors by providing financial assistance for basic needs, scholarships, programs, and services. Hosts several events throughout the year. http://www.ramstrength.org

3. Rocky Mountain Raptor Program – Gala Auction- Feb 28th, 2015 – Have you ever been in awe seeing a hawk soar above our beautiful city? RMRP ensures that even the injured birds of prey have a chance at life. Their annual Gala provides the chance to look into the eyes of these birds, all while shopping, dining, and mingling to support a great cause. http://www.rmrp.org.

4. Alzheimer’s Association – Memories in the Making Art Auction – May in Fort Collins – An excellent event for collecting original artwork with a story. The auction offers a unique opportunity to purchase watercolor art created by people with Alzheimer’s. Several pieces are offered in handcrafted frames. The event is offered in Denver as well. http://www.alz.org/co.

5. National MS Society- MS150 – June 27-28, 2015 – A 150 mile, 2 day bike ride to support Multiple Sclerosis research and assistance. I have participated in this event for 8 years, usually joined by at least one daughter. While it does take training and preparation, the reward of endless hours spent cycling along quiet roads knowing you’re helping is worth it. If the full ride sounds impossible, become a sponsor and/or spectator cheering the cyclists on. http://bikecoc.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR?fr_id=25572&pg=entry

6. Hope Lives – Hope Lives Gala – October – We have all been affected by breast cancer in our families and friendships. Founded by Lydia Dody in 2001, Hope Lives supports those touched by breast cancer by providing care, guidance, and education. They host events throughout the year including the annual Gala, Pink Boa 5K, and Pink ParTee Golf Tournament. http://www.hopelives.org

7. Respite Child Care – Respite Ball – November – Provides short-term care for children with developmental disabilities, giving respite to parents and enhancing the quality of life for the entire family. http://www.respitecareinc.org/

8. Christmas on Wheels – December- Remember the feeling of riding your first bike? The first time you fell? How good it felt when you kept going and eventually stayed upright? Christmas on Wheels creates these experiences for the youth of Fort Collins by providing bicycles and helmets during the holidays.

9. United Way of Larimer County – Alexis de Tocqueville Society – United Way is devoted to creating long-term, lasting change in our community. They provide a variety of services including education, health, and financial assistance. The Alexis de Tocqueville Society is the large donor segment. http://uwaylc.org

10. REALTORS® Relief Foundation – Provides housing- related assistance to victims of disasters. In the last few years, Northern Colorado residents affected by tornadoes, fires, and floods, have been recipients of the funds collected by the National Association of Realtors®. http://www.realtor.org/programs/realtors-relief-foundation

Honorable Mention: Meals on Wheels – My wife, Teresa, has volunteered with this charity since 2004. Each week, she drops off meals to homebound individuals. She has enjoyed many rewarding encounters over the years. http://www.fcmow.org/

What charities do you support and believe in?


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