We're blessed to have the opportunity to work with outstanding donors, volunteers, agencies, community members and foundations, all contributing to the fight against hunger. One group we're especially grateful for this week is the Epworth Foundation. This group, full of heart and passion for Denver kids, contacted us about a Spring Break camp they organize for 500 local kids. During Spring Break, many Colorado families are at a loss for finding outlets to keep their children occupied while parents work and more importantly, finding way to provide healthy meals during a time when free and reduced breakfast and lunch is not available. We energetically partnered with Epworth in providing breakfast and lunch for 500 kids each day during this week of Spring Break, to supplement the fabulous camp activities organized by Epworth.
We'll continue to partner with Epworth for future school breaks, ensuring these kids won't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Thanks to Epworth for reaching out and making a difference in the lives of Denver children and thanks also to the Denver media for outstanding coverage of this important program.
Read the Denver Post's article, summarizing this week's activities. They also posted a fantastic video from Monday's lunch session. 9NEWS did a live feed all morning, interviewing our CEO, Kevin Seggelke.
Dom and Jane and the Mix 100 crew have been blessing us with their annual Dom and Jane Charity Marathon for 13 years running. The total of money pledged through this 2 day radioathon grows every year. And we're ecstatic to report that the trend continued this year...an unbelievable amount! 13 years ago, we never would have imagined raising over one million dollars - but that happened! And then some!
Between Mix 100 listeners and generous FBR corporate partners, $1,143,190 was raised, providing 4,572,760 meals to our neighbors in need. We're still floating with excitement at the thought of how great an impact this Charity Marathon will make in our community.
Not only is this event a blast for everyone involved, it leaves a lasting impact throughout the year. THANKS to Dom, Jane, Jeremy, Kaylee, $100,00 match donor,Salah Foundation, volunteers, donors and all those involved in making this year's Charity Marathon a raging success!
To kick off a new partnership between the Terrell Davis “Mile High Salute” Bar-B-Que Sauce and Safeway, they partnered with FBR on Wednesday to host a surprise barbeque at one of FBR’s mobile pantry sites. Mobile pantry recipients showed up to pick up their food boxes and were treated to barbeque chicken and fixings, prepared by Safeway and Davis. Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock also stopped in to surprise those picking up boxes of food for their families. It was an exciting day for us and for our neighbors in need!
Thanks to Safeway for organizing a terrific event, to Terrell for benefiting us through your delicious Bar-B-Que Sauce and to Terrell and Mayor Hancock for taking time out to volunteer at our Mobile Pantry site. It was a real treat! You can find Terrell's famous sauce at all Safeway locations in Colorado!
KS 107.5 has been doing their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for years. And our agency partners have reaped the rewards of the generosity of this radio station and their loyal listeners. It's amazing to watch how many people roll in with boxes full of food! Tony V parks his KS-mobile at 2 locations per day and invites listeners to come by with food. And that they do. Tons and tons of food. And yesterday, Bronco, DJ Williams, donated 55 turkeys to the drive! Perfect timing for Thanksgiving next week! We've been stopping by to say "thanks" and get some photos throughout the week and wanted to share those with all of you!
Thanks to KS 107.5 for yet another year of this awesome food drive. We'll post a grand total for pounds donated once it's all wrapped up!
We recently partnered with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, and Walmart in hosting a community screening featuring portions of Sesame Street’s newest prime time special, Growing Hope Against Hunger, featuring Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams Paisley, and the Sesame Street Muppets. The screening showcased the program and provide educational opportunities for families around the issue of hunger in America. We previewed this program at Altura Elementary School in Aurora, where over 97% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. FOX 31's, Ken Clark, emceed the event (thanks Ken!).
The special aired on Rocky Mountain PBS on Sunday, October 9. The special helped raise awareness of the widespread issue of hunger and provide simple, empowering strategies to families who aren’t sure where their next meal will come from-and to others who want to help. Lily, a new Muppet character who relies on a food pantry for her family's meals, was introduced. She and Elmo become fast friends and talk openly about the prevalence of hunger in America. Watch a portion of the programs here!
In Colorado, 22.7% of kids under 18 are deemed food insecure. Of those 271,660 children, 43% do not qualify for government assistance and rely on food assistance from Food Bank of the Rockies and their 1,003 agency partners. We were thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic event to raise awareness and show kids that they're not alone in their struggles with putting food on the table.
It's a good weekend when we can report nearly one million meals raised over the course of 2 days. That was the case after this year's Joe Sakic Celebrity Classic and the Joe & Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration, sponsored by CoBank and RBC Wealth Management.
On August 25 and 26, sponsors and friends joined together for a picture perfect day of golf at the renowned Sanctuary Golf Course and celebrated the following evening with fabulous food, a fantastic auction and comedy by Bob Marley at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. This is the 14th year the Sakics have dedicated themselves to fighting childhood hunger in Colorado. With the addition of nearly one million meals provided, this duo has helped raise a total of over 15 million meals for Colorado kids in need. Simply outstanding.
THANK YOU to the Sakics, CoBank, RBC Wealth Management and all our generous sponsors and participants. FBR and all the kiddos we serve appreciate you more than words can begin to express.
Below are links to video recaps from both successful events!
If that Friday night has you wondering what to do, we'd love to greet you at the Joe & Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration, presented by CoBank and RBC Wealth Management. Meet our hunger champion, Joe, pose in a ShutterBooth photo booth, get your laugh on with comedian Bob Marley, bid on affordable and fantastic auction items, dine on fabulous food and fight local childhood hunger all the while. Could a Friday night be any better?
THANKS to our sponsors....RBC Wealth Management, CoBank, 1043 The Fan, 1st Bank, SM Energy, UMB, EnCana, TAG The Ahbe Group, Allied Insurance, Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck and EKS&H.
Photos: Tyler Jones Photography
We're more than excited to announce a new partnership with our friends at Champion Windows! They recently launched a summer campaign coined “Close the Window on Hunger” to donate to local food banks all around the country. This summer they'll be donating 50 pounds of food to FBR for every appointment they run and another 100 pounds of food for each order placed. Last summer, their location in Colorado Springs did this and was able to donate over 150,000 pounds of food!
Nationwide, they're trying to donate over 2.5 million pounds of food. You can visit the campaign site – http://closethewindowonhunger.com/ to see how much they've donated. THANKS to Champion for stepping up to the plate. Without a doubt, you're champions in our world of fighting hunger.