Thank you for a successful evening!! Isn’t it incredible when we say we’re going to change the world, and then we actually do? That’s because of you and your support! Thank you!
We presented our first awards this year to some steadfast volunteers like Tsehai Teklehaimanot of the Denver Housing Authority, James Salinas-Supervisor of the Rude Recreation Center and Roxine Davis, Cory Morris and Jim Berry of KOOL105 Radio.
We also honored inspiring children, including 9-year-old Lillie Sheppard, who donated money to help pay off the DPSD student lunch debt for 3,264 children. Sheppard also collected more than 200 pairs of new shoes and handed them out to children living in the Denver housing projects. Another child being recognized is Lily Hernandez, 7, who baked biscuits with another child and sold them for a dollar each to help pay off the lunch debt. She’s also raised $3,600 to help chldren in other programs.
Other winners include 12-year-old Katie Colleran who asked kids at her birthday party to bring gifts for needy children in Denver instead of for her. Colleran also recruited her classmates and friends to sell lemonade and raise money to buy gifts for children in poverty. Ten-year-old Maasai Allen traveled to Ethiopia with his grandfather to care for orphans throughout the area, and raised $1,500 for children’s programs.
Special thanks to KOOL105 Radio, Stephen Wiles of Batteries Plus Bulbs, Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, State Representative Dan Pabon, The Nacho Men band, and most importantly, our volunteers.
Did you know?
The individual recipients of our focus live in Colorado’s poorest neighborhoods, including Sun Valley in Denver (near the Bronco’s stadium). Almost one half of the 1,448 residents in Sun Valley are children younger than 18, and 78 percent of families live in poverty. The average household income is $5,164 per year. The percentage of children growing up in poverty in Sun Valley is among the highest in the state.
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KOOL105 Radio DJ’s Jim Berry, morning radio DJ Melanie “Mel” Rutledge and other members of the KOOL gang at KidsGiving365’s holiday event in December of 2016. On September 29, 2017, Jim Berry hosted the fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Denver Tech Center to raise money to impact children across Colorado today and tomorrow. Together, we’re creating the next generation of givers!