South Metro Denver Chamber presents ‘The TANK’ at Denver Botanic Gardens
Inspired by “Shark Tank”, contest raised over $20,000 for local non-profit
Photos: Versatility Creative Group
South Metro Denver Chamber’s Nonprofit and Business Partnership presented its second annual, The TANK, on Thursday, March 23rd from 4 – 6:30 pm at Denver Botanic Gardens. The TANK provided local nonprofits the opportunity to compete for funding awarded by community business leaders and investors.
The results are in: $20,485 was raised for these nonprofits, including $3,685 in donations from audience members.
Robert Golden, Chamber CEO, said, “The South Metro Denver Chamber is honored to partner with the Denver Botanic Gardens for our annual The TANK event. Raising over $20,000 for 6 non-profits in our business community is truly an honor and most gratifying.”
Steve Bocher, Owner, Catch Fire Marketing, and Nonprofit and Business Partnership Chair: “The Tank is great, because it shows that our business community “walks the talk” about caring and making this a better place. Raising over $20,000 in an hour and one half speaks volumes on that commitment. This is the event’s second year, we doubled the number of sharks and nearly doubled the amount of money raised for the non-profits. This demonstrates that our business community is truly about giving back.”
Attendees were pitched by these nonprofits, asking the audience to support a program for their organization. Set in the stunning Mitchell Hall, The TANK was emceed by Brian Vogt, CEO, Denver Botanic Gardens. The event was an entertaining way to highlight the tremendous work these organizations are doing for our community.
The ask of each nonprofit varied. From scholarship support - granting a student at Arapahoe Community College, sponsoring a group on a trip to the Audubon Society of Greater Denver or sending an at-risk youth to Skatuary’s skate camp. Anne Hellstrom, Crisis Center, asked for Shark support to raise funds for marketing tools and techniques that educate high school students about dating violence and prevention. Warrior Bonfire Program requested support of their ongoing efforts to send Purple Heart Recipients on bonding trips. The TANK presentations concluded with a heartfelt pitch from Dirt Coffee, who’s working to open the doors to a brick and mortar coffee shop that employs people with autism. Each of the six presentations moved the audience.
An additional engagement opportunity was provided to other nonprofits. Finalist Nonprofits that hosted an expo table included: City Year, Developmental Pathways Early Childhood Development, LifeSpark Cancer Resources, FRIENDS FIRST, American Cancer Society, and Boy Scouts of America – Denver Area Society – collectively accepted over $2,000 in donations at the event.
The South Metro Denver Chamber would like to thank the following sponsors: Denver Botanic Gardens, Footers Catering, and Breckenridge Brewery. A special thank you to the event Chair, Steve Bocher, Catch Fire Marketing, for his time and dedication to the success of the event.