Check out this one of a kind, can't miss event benefiting FBR. "Roll on over" on April 29th from 2pm-8pm to Mile High Spirits on Larimer and meet MasterChef star, Jake Gandolfo, sample food truck eats and enjoy mouth watering libations from Mile High Spirits. The fun doesn't stop there.  Check out Denver Westword's informative article below and we'll hope to see you there!
Crock Spot and MasterChef contestant Jake Gandolfo hosting a food truck bash to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies

By Lori Midson  Mon., Apr. 9 2012 at 2:30 PM

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Celebrity chef Jake Gandolfo will join the Crock Spot and other food trucks on April 29 for a Food Bank of the Rockies benefit.

After last summer's street-food shindigs wound down, there was some indication that the food truck parties -- at least the Justice League soirees, which were at the forefront of catapulting Denver's street-food scene to prominence -- might be grinding to a halt. "We haven't made any decision about whether we're going to continue next year," Delores Tronco, who organized the Justice League parties, told Westword editor Patty Calhoun after the Justice League had thrown its last bash of the season. "It's been a great year; we've had an absolute ball. We're trying to determine if the group has a future, if it will disappear and be reincarnated...or just disappear."

The Justice League is not disappearing (the mob already has five parties on the docket for the summer and fall at five separate locations), but while the first Justice League throw-down won't take place until May 19, Stephen Daniels and Mandy Birks, owners of the Crock Spot, have joined forces with Jake Gandolfo, who was a contestant on season one of Gordan Ramsay's MasterChef, to host a food truck blowout (with a mission) on April 29 in the parking lot of Mile High Spirits, 2920 Larimer Street.

"My wife and I are traveling across American as part of a self-imposed tour -- a culinary crusade -- to benefit hunger-relief organizations," explains Gandolfo, who's based in Santa Cruz, California, and began his tour earlier this year in California before traversing through Arizona and Utah. "It's completely unacceptable that kids are going to bed hungry in this country, and yet people are in complete denial. Dude, take a look around you. Hunger is everywhere in America."

The Denver event -- organized by Birks, Daniels and Gandolfo and aptly named "Rollin against Hunger"-- will benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies, a local hunger-relief organization, and several food trucks, including Crock Spot, Street Eats, NZ Smokin' Guns, Mestizos and Aiko Pops, will park curbside to feed the masses. But there's more to the food orgy than just street grub. Gandolfo will do three cooking demonstrations throughout the day, all centered around sauces, and there will also be raffle prizes, live music and Colorado beers and libations. "We're moving across America to spread the love and raise as much awareness as we possibly can while having a ton of fun in the process," concludes Gandolfo.

Kickoff time is at 2 p.m. and the festivities will continue until 8 p.m.

Feeding Tummies During Spring Break

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.

A Record Shattering $1,143,190!

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! 

Our friend Fred from the Salah Foundation surprised Dom and Jane with a $100,000 match gift!
The spectacular view from the Mix 100 studio!
RBC Wealth Management is a dedicated supporter and friend in the fight against hunger. 
Spicy Pickle stopped in to talk about their exciting, new partnership with FBR!
We can't say enough about Daniels Fund and the support they've provided FBR throughout the years!
Community College of Denver showed their support by answering phone call after phone call after phone call.

Walmart bends over backward to do their part in fighting hunger in our great state and across the country!

Where would we be without our amazing friends at King Soopers?  They provide an unmeasurable amount of support through donations of food, funds and time. 

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney is no stranger to fighting hunger.  They're unbelievably generous to FBR and those we serve!

 
Target - an amazing corporation that gives back in countless ways to our community!  THANKS for all you do!

The one and only, Steve Spangler, graced Dom and Jane with his scientific genius and kept everyone on their toes.

It wouldn't be Charity Marathon without our friends from Panera Bread!  They've become a part of the food bank family through and through. 

Whiting Petroleum...you can read all about their amazing hunger fighting tactics in a previous post!
Thank you to Child's Bakery for providing this fabulously appropriate cake for our Mix 100 friends!

FBR's past Board Chair, Doug Wilhelm, represents CoBank each and every year!  They don't hold back when it comes to fighting hunger!

 
If you're on Facebook, you've read a whole lot about our friends at Natural Grocers.  They're constantly looking for creative ways to support us and succeed at everything they attempt!
Steven stops by the live remote and donates every year.  Thanks to Steven and all those like him who make the Charity Marathon a success!

Kevin Seggelke speaks on air throughout the two days and can't say enough about the generosity of Dom, Jane and all those at Mix 100. 
Charity Marathon goes Platinum, raising over $1 million meals in one year!  This platinum record is a very small token of our appreciation.   

Hunger Fighting Chili

Companies often ask us for effective hunger fighting ideas to use with their employees.  Ideas that will boost morale, incorporate fun and team work while making a significant impact on the community.  When these inquiries arise, we point to a company who, year after year after year, amazes us with their innovation and employee dedication.  We point to the fine folks of Whiting Petroleum.  
Where do we begin?  Over the past six years, employees of Whiting have raised $283,333.44!  They formed a committee dedicated to fundraising ideas, events and details.  This committee has organized company Olympics, bake sales, auctions, tail gating parties, chili cook offs, pot lucks etc. 
Most recently, we visited the 14th floor of their office building for a massive chili cook off event.  Over 100 employees lined up to taste 12 employee crafted chilis, corn breads, dips and desserts.  4 judges, including our own CEO, Kevin Seggelke, tasted each chili and voted on the best of the best.  Diners donated to FBR for their lunch and raffle tickets were sold for restaurant gift cards, with all the funds going to FBR.  It was announced that nearly $25,000 had already been raised through multiple employee events and Whiting would be matching the total raised. 
We feel like members of the Whiting family - and a family it truly is. We can't say "THANKS" enough to this company and the vital role they play in fighting hunger in our communities. Your dedication does not go unnoticed!
 Kevin has tough job on days like this! 

Terrell Surprises Mobile Pantry Recipients

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 Kickin’ Some Serious Food Drive Bootie

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!

Sesame Steps Up to the Hunger Plate

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.

All Things Sakic

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.

 Goose Gossage graced us with his participation again this year!

The Fray's, Joe King golfed with Altitude's Kyle Keefe and Marc Moser and Opie Gone Bad's Jake Schroeder.

 

 Jake Schroeder and Randy Dalton of the Railbenders provided one-of-a-kind entertainment during dinner.

 Bob Marley showcased side splitting comedy following dinner.

The event committee goes to bat, year after year, to make the events successful.  Job well done crew!

 
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! 

Joe Sakic Celebrity Classic
Joe & Debbie Sakic Bringing Hope to the Table Celebration

What are your plans for August 26th?

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?

Check out this video from last year's Sakic events!  Visit our event page for more information and to register today!

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.

 

Opie Gone Bad will once again grace us with their musical genius.

Mr. Joe Sakic welcomes guests and thanks our generous sponsors for their participation.

 
 Our live auction is an experience in and of itself. 

Photos:  Tyler Jones Photography

Take your friends or significant other into the photo booth.  It's complimentary and sooo much fun.

Champions Fighting Hunger

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.