Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Isaac Slade of The Fray, and Governor Hickenlooper Team Up on Take Note The Concert benefitting Music Education — May 4th
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Denver (March 8, 2017). Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will headline the first annual Take Note The Concert, a benefit featuring an all Colorado-based line-up. Proceeds from Take Note The Concert will support the Governor's initiative, Take Note Colorado, for expansion of music education programs and access to musical instruments in Colorado's schools.
Denver's latest music success story, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, had a breakthrough year (2016) that included a number of milestone — their hit single "S.O.B." blasted on the nation's airwaves for months. The Bank played over 246 shows in 16 countries since the release of their debut album and sold over 700,000 albums.
The May 4 concert at the 1STABNK Center will also feature short sets by Isaac Slade of The Fray, Todd Park Mohr, Billy Nershi of the String Cheese Incident and Tracksuit Wedding. The event will be enceed by comedian Josh Blue and Bret Saunders from 97.3 KBCO. Other specials guests will be announced in the coming weeks.
"Study after study shows that music learning supports other learning — from language development to improved test scores in countless subjects," said Gov. John Hickenlooper. "But it's so much more: music is crucial to creating a unique and vibrant culture. If Colorado wants to ensure everyone has access to a high-quality education, we must expand access to music education."
The music education initiative, Take Note Colorado, was born over a conversation between Governor John Hickenlooper, musician and community leader Libby Anschutz, Bohemian Foundation, and Colorado resident and lead singer, Isaac Slade, of Denver-based, Grammy nominated rock band, The Fray. "Music has made a difference to me, personally, and I think that it can make a difference in the lives of Colorado's students as well," said Libby Anschutz. "I am excited to found the Colorado Music Coalition which will become the umbrella 501 (c) (3) organization for the Take Note Colorado initiative. We are going to expand the opportunities for Colorado's kids to learn to play music that they know and love."
More than 28,000 Colorado students attend schools that don't offer formal arts education. and 50 percent of the state's high schoolers are not in arts classes.
"Music is about communication and connection," said Slade, Chair of the Take Note Colorado initiative. "It gives us ways to express ourselves and deeply connect with each other. We want to give every kid the chance to pick up an instrument and learn how to play, learn how to speak that language."
Tickets for the event, produced by AEG Presents Rocky Mountains and sponsored by 97.3 KBCO and CBS4 News are $25-$55. VIP Tickets are $250, which includes premium seating, early-entry access, dinner and hosted bar. Tickets can be purchased at www.altitudetickets.com.
"I've been blessed to have had such a long and rewarding career doing something I love in the music industry," said Chuck Morris, CEO of AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, who is producing the Concert and serving on the Colorado Music Coalition board. "It gives me great pleasure to be able to give back to Colorado by being part of this exemplary committee helping our schools increase and enhance their music programming!"
Proceeds from Take Note The Concert will establish Colorado Music Coalition's grant-making fund. The goal is to raise initial funding necessary to partner with several Colorado school districts for the 2017 school year.
Colorado Music Coalition is a newly-forming nonprofit organization that will raise and distribute funds to support music education and cultural activities for the benefit of Colorado students and residents. In addition to its initiative Take Note Colorado, the Coalition will host Sing It To Me Santa, a holiday benefit concert now in its fourth year. Colorado Music Coalition, founded and chaired by Libby Anschutz, has named Karen Radman, formerly of the Denver Public Schools Foundation, as its Executive Director.
Follow Take Note Colorado on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with @TakeNoteColo and the Colorado Music Coalition with @COMusCoalition.
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South Metro Denver Chamber presents ‘The TANK’ at Denver Botanic Gardens
Inspired by “Shark Tank”, contest raised over $20,000 for local non-profit
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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.
On Friday, March 17th, Chamber Members and Board Members ventured to Greeley, CO to tour Noble Energy's training and competency site. What an insightful day. Thank you, Noble, for having us.
Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Fund
Centennial, Colo., – March 7, 2017 – Colorado Farm Bureau has activated a disaster fund to help the farmers and ranchers directly impacted by the Northeast Colorado wildfire in Logan and Phillips counties. 100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to aiding these producers as they face the aftermath of this natural disaster.
The fire has had a large impact on the agriculture community in the area, including lost livestock, as well as damaged fields, facilities, equipment, infrastructure and homes.
"We want to help our state's farmers and ranchers in any way that we can, and we offer our support to those who affected by this wildfire," said CFB President Don Shawcroft.
The Northeast Colorado Fire has consumed more than 30,000 acres, making it larger than the Heartstrong Fire in Yuma that occurred five years ago this week. Three homes have been lost, along with multiple structures, hundreds of thousands of dollars in crops and feed, as well as dozens of cattle and horses. High winds are hampering efforts to contain the fire which is being fought mainly by volunteer fire departments.
For more information on how to donate and aid these producers please visit http://coloradofarmbureau.com/disasterfund/
Checks payable to Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation, cash and credit card payments are being accepted at this time. Please note Disaster Fund-CO Wildfire in the memo line on the check. Cash and checks can be sent to:
Colorado Farm Bureau Foundation
Attn: Disaster Fund
9177 E. Mineral Circle
Centennial, CO 80112
To make an online donation, click here. All major credit cards are accepted.
CFB's thoughts and prayers are with the families and producers affected by this wildfire.
The CFB Foundation is the 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation of the Colorado Farm Bureau. The foundation operates a catastrophic disaster fund dedicated to assisting farmers and ranchers in need following agricultural disasters such as blizzard, flood or wildfire. The fund was initially established to assist farmers and ranchers in southwest Colorado following devastating blizzards of 2007 and has been activated to support victims of the Heartstrong Fire in Yuma in 2012, the Colorado floods of 2013, and other rural natural disasters.
DENVER MOTORISTS LOSE NEARLY $2,200 PER YEAR ON ROADS THAT ARE ROUGH, CONGESTED & LACK SOME SAFETY FEATURES - $6.8 BILLION STATEWIDE. COSTS WILL RISE AND CONDITIONS WILL WORSEN WITHOUT INCREASED FUNDING
Eds.: The report includes regional pavement conditions, congestion levels, highway safety data, and cost breakdowns for the Colorado Springs, Denver, Northern Colorado, Grand Junction and Pueblo urban areas. Info-graphics for each area can be downloaded here.
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Denver, CO – Roads and bridges that are deteriorated, congested or lack some desirable safety features cost Colorado motorists a total of $6.8 billion statewide annually - $2,162 per driver in the Denver urban area - due to higher vehicle operating costs, traffic crashes and congestion-related delays. Increased investment in transportation improvements at the local, state and federal levels could relieve traffic congestion, improve road, bridge and transit conditions, boost safety, and support long-term economic growth in Colorado, according to a new report released today by TRIP, a Washington, DC based national transportation organization.
The TRIP report, “Colorado Transportation by the Numbers: Meeting the State’s Need for Safe, Smooth and Efficient Mobility,” finds that throughout Colorado, 41 percent of major, locally and state-maintained urban roads are in poor condition and six percent of Colorado’s locally and state-maintained bridges are structurally deficient. The state’s major urban roads are becoming increasingly congested, with drivers wasting significant amounts of time and fuel each year. And, more than 2,400 people were killed in crashes on Colorado’s roads from 2011 to 2015.
Driving on Denver area roads costs the average driver $2,162 per year in the form of extra vehicle operating costs (VOC) as a result of driving on roads in need of repair, lost time and fuel due to congestion-related delays, and the costs of traffic crashes in which roadway features likely were a contributing factor. The TRIP report calculates the cost to motorists of insufficient roads in the Colorado Springs, Denver, Northern Colorado, Grand Junction and Pueblo urban areas. A breakdown of the costs per motorist in each area along with a statewide total is below.
“Our transportation infrastructure is falling further and further behind,” said Kelly Brough, president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. “If we want to continue to grow our economy, ensure our quality of life, and create jobs, we must build and invest in a system that provides mobility choices for everyone- from increased lanes to technology solutions to bicycle and pedestrian options. Transportation is our top priority and we urge lawmakers to join us in finding a long-term, sustainable funding source for our infrastructure needs.”
The TRIP report finds that 80 percent of major locally and state-maintained roads in the Denver urban area are in poor or mediocre condition, costing the average motorist an additional $753 each year in extra vehicle operating costs, including accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear.
“Colorado has experienced unprecedented growth in the last 20 years, but the state lacks a reliable and sustainable long term funding source to meet our resulting transportation infrastructure needs,” said Bob Golden, president and CEO of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. “This report makes a direct connection between that lack of investment and the impact to our pocketbooks. Now, more than ever, we need our policymakers to identify a solution to address this challenge. The cost to our businesses and our citizens of doing nothing is far too extreme.”
Traffic congestion in the Denver area is worsening, causing 49 annual hours of delay for the average motorist and costing each driver $1,101 annually in lost time and wasted fuel.
“Business leaders around our state see Colorado trailing states such as Utah and Texas, two of our biggest competitors, on key commerce and tourism opportunities due to outdated, unmaintained and congested roadways,” said Jeff Wasden, president of the Colorado Business Roundtable. “We can no longer kick this can down the road and this report makes that connection in a very real way.”
Six percent of Colorado’s bridges are structurally deficient, with significant deterioration to the bridge deck, supports or other major components. In the Denver urban area, five percent of bridges are structurally deficient.
Traffic crashes in Colorado claimed the lives of 2,434 people between 2011 and 2015. Colorado’s overall traffic fatality rate of 1.08 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles of travel is lower than the national average of 1.13. In the Denver urban area, on average, 110 people were killed in traffic crashes in each of the last three years.
“Investing in our transportation infrastructure is absolutely critical to creating jobs and fostering a healthy economy,” said Loren Furman, senior vice president of state and federal affairs for the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. “Transportation is, without a doubt, the number one priority for our members.”
The efficiency and condition of Colorado’s transportation system, particularly its highways, is critical to the health of the state’s economy. Annually, $323 billion in goods are shipped to and from sites in Colorado, mostly by truck. Seventy-five percent of the goods shipped annually to and from sites in Colorado are carried by trucks and another 21 percent are carried by courier services or multiple mode deliveries, which include trucking.
“These conditions are only going to get worse, increasing the additional costs to motorists, if greater investment is not made available at the state and local levels of government,” said Will Wilkins, TRIP’s executive director. “Without adequate funding, Colorado’s transportation system will become increasingly deteriorated and congested, hampering economic growth and quality of life of the state’s residents.”
Project C.U.R.E. Clinics has returned from a very successful medical mission to Panama. A team of 12 traveled to Veraguas, Panama February 4-12 to deliver healthcare and hope to rural Panamanians outside of San Jose. Access to healthcare in rural Panama is non-existent. People travel long distances to receive care. The C.U.R.E. Clinic was hosted in a primary school. Patients reported walked 4-6 hours to receive care. One participant commented that the great lengths the locals had to go through to get the health care that we in the U.S. take for granted impressed her.
C.U.R.E. Clinics worked with local Project C.U.R.E. partner Fundayuda to deliver healthcare services to 960 people in four days. The Panamanian Ministry of Health provided volunteers to work in registration and pharmacy as well as lab techs, nurses and a rotating doctor for each day. The first lady of Panama sent her traveling mammogram, an EKG and an ultrasound for use at the clinic.
Local partnerships make C.U.R.E. Clinics a valuable and sustainable experience. Are you curious about joining a C.U.R.E. Clinic? You can check out our upcoming clinics here: https://projectcure.org/cureclinics.
The Crisis Center exists to end domestic violence through advocacy, education, and prevention; while helping communities live free of violence.
The Crisis Center provides crucial non-profit work to the members of our community. All services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. We serve persons from all ethnic, cultural and economic groups, of all ages and lifestyles. Our current policy prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.