Singleton Legacy Grant Awarded to Phamaly Theatre Company

The Denver Post Community Foundation was proud to present its 4th Annual Dean Singleton Legacy Grant to Phamaly Theatre Company on October 11, 2017.

This $50,000 grant will enable Phamaly to continue providing mainstage performance opportunities and professional development classes and workshops to its actors throughout the year, as well as to bolster organizational sustainability. It will also support new initiatives next year including the creation of a brand new, devised educational touring show about artists with disabilities, which will debut in 2019.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our grant recipient this year, for what they do to inspire people to re-envision disability through professional theatre,” said Dean Singleton, the Legacy Grant namesake. “Phamaly provides such a benefit to the Metro Denver community by producing professional scale plays and musicals cast entirely of performers with disabilities.

“It is an incredible honor for Phamaly to receive an award based on the legacy of an individual who has had such an extraordinary impact on the Denver community.” said Regan Linton, Artistic Director. “We aim to carry forth Dean’s legacy in the one-of-a-kind programs Phamaly provides for established and developing theatre artists with disabilities.”

The Dean Singleton Legacy Grant is named after William Dean Singleton, who built the nation’s second-largest newspaper company. Dean retired as chairman of MediaNews Group Inc., owner of The Denver Post, in 2013. He currently serves as non-executive chairman of The Denver Post and sits on the Board of Directors for The Denver Post Community Foundation. Past recipients of this Legacy Grant are National Sports Center for the Disabled (2014); Judi’s House (2015); and Colorado FFA Foundation (2016).

To learn more about the 2017 recipient, Phamaly Theatre Company, visit phamaly.org

Cyclists Pedal The Plains – Sept. 15-17

The 2017 Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour,presented byViaero Wireless, is a great way to conclude Colorado’s cycling season! The 6th anniversary of PTP, Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17, will take cyclists through the host communities of Kersey, Keenesburg, and Brush Colorado and through some great educational and entertaining stops along the way. Some route highlights for 2017 include: The Wild Animal Sanctuary; Auer Bird Valley Hunting Preserve; Ch2E Tire Recycling Center; Cooksey Farms; Bijou’s Canals and Reservoirs; and Chapin Dairy Farm. 
The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour is produced in partnership with the Governor’s Office and the State of Colorado. This Tour strives to strengthen community ties by fostering individual connections and fueling economic development by bringing tourism to the eastern plains, and giving locals the opportunity to educate others on their town and businesses. This one-of-a-kind annual cycling event began in 2012 and celebrates the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of Colorado’s Eastern Plains. Described by the Governor as “a ride for the rest of us,” Pedal The Plains seeks to engage riders of all abilities, from seasoned cyclists to first-time riders, in an educational and recreational experience.
Proceeds benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation and will support Colorado FFA Foundation and Colorado 4-H. For more information on walk up registration, click here.

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts Leadership Arts Celebrates 20 Years

On Wednesday May 10, Colorado Business Committee for the Arts (CBCA) will graduate the 20th Anniversary Leadership Arts class. This milestone highlights CBCA’s ongoing legacy of advancing Colorado’s creative economy by connecting business and the arts. Leadership Arts is a nine month training program that prepares individuals to serve on nonprofit boards of directors and increase their civic engagement in the arts. CBCA has graduated over 750 people in the past 20 years in the Denver metro area. These graduates have gone on to serve in over 650 volunteer leadership positions.
Also on May 10, CBCA will present its Cultural Leadership Award to Matt Meier of Ligature Creative Group. This award recognizes outstanding alumni who have made or continue to make a significant impact on arts and culture in Colorado. The Denver Post Community is a proud supporter of CBCA.
To learn more about CBCA and the Leadership Arts program, click here

Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series Announced

Get ready for another year of spectacular talent at the Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series presented by UMB Bank. The stellar lineup kicks off with TajMo: The Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo Band and continues with a variety of musical offerings including
Mary Chapin Carpenter w/ special guest Sarah JaroszBuddy GuyRandy Newman, and Jose Gonzalez to name a few. The concerts at the UMB Bank Amphitheater at York Street and Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms offer the unrivaled ambiance of thousands of blooming plants and the crystal clear music of some of the world’s most sought after artists. The Denver Post Community is proud to support this summer tradition.
For more information on the Denver Botanic Gardens Summer Concert Series and to view the 2017 lineup, click here

The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Route is Officially Announced

On Monday, April 17, the 2017 Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour route was announced at the State Capitol by Governor Hickenlooper and Tour Director, Renee Wheelock. This year’s ride will take place September 15-17 and travel through Kersey, Keenesburg, and Brush, Colorado. 
This one-of-a-kind annual cycling event began in 2012 and is produced in partnership with the Governor’s Office. It celebrates the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of Colorado’s Eastern Plains. Described by the Governor as “a ride for the rest of us,” Pedal The Plains seeks to engage riders of all abilities, from seasoned cyclists to first-time riders, in an educational and recreational experience.  The 2017 Tour will highlight three unique and charming communities: Kersey: A Great Place to Grow a Family;  Keenesburg: the Home of 500 Happy People and a Few Soreheads; and Brush! Homegrown Happiness!
Pictured: Lieutenant Governor, Donna Lynne joined Governor John Hickenlooperin celebrating the announcement with Bob Kellerhuis, Mayor of Kersey; Danny Kipp, Mayor of Keenesburg; and Chuck Schonberger, Mayor of Brush.  
 
Proceeds benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation. To learn more and to register for Pedal The Plains, click here.
 

Colorado Business Committee For The Arts (CBCA) Announce 2017 Award Winners

On Wednesday, March 15, CBCA announced the winners of the 2017 Business for the Arts Awards at the 30th Annual statewide luncheon. This signature event honored companies and individuals for their exemplary partnerships with the arts to a sold-out crowd of 700 arts, business and civic leaders at the Seawell Ballroom. Guests enjoyed live entertainment before and during the program, including an elementary school mariachi band, excerpts from a Broadway show and diverse Indian dances with live percussion.
The 2017 Business for the Arts Awards Winners are:
Create Award Winner: TRG Arts
EY Next Wave Leadership Award Winner: Jackson Stevens
Impact Award Winner: Sage Hospitality
John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award Winner: Tim Schultz
Philanthropy Award Winner: Noble Energy
Congratulations to these deserving award winners! To learn more about all the 2017 Business for the Arts Awards Winners and Finalists, click here

The 9th Annual Charity Preview Party – April 4

Mark your calendar to attend one of Denver’s premier fundraising events each year! The 9th Annual Charity Preview Party “Car-nivale” presented by UMB Bank, is Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 7-10 pm at the Colorado Convention Center. Guests will have private access to the entire Denver Auto Show floor prior to its opening to the public as well as enjoy a lavish buffet, theme-inspired cocktails, numerous gaming stations all while enjoying the captivating beat of calypso music.
The Denver Post Community Foundation is honored to be a beneficiary along with National Jewish Health and Clear the Air Foundation.
For more information on the 9th Annual Charity Preview Party, click here

Congratulations to Faith Baca, 2017 Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee Champion

On Saturday, March 11, more than 270 top student spellers from across the state came to University of Denver’s Sturm Hall to compete in The 77th Annual Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee competition. Students were vying for the championship title and an all-expenses paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington D.C.
After the morning vocabulary and spelling tests were graded, the competition was narrowed down to the top 33 finalists for the afternoon oral rounds. Faith Baca, an eighth-grader from Rocky Mountain Expeditionary School of Learning in Denver, won the competition after spelling rhabdoid (meaning shaped like a rod) correctly in the 21st round. Luke Henson from Christian Home Educators of CO in Denver took 2nd place and Edwin Wojcik from DSST-Conservatory Green in Denver took 3rd place. To see the 33 finalists and their results, click here.
Faith will represent Colorado in the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 28 – June 4. Visit denverpostcommunity.com in May for broadcast timing and information. Thank you to Frontier Airlines for their generosity in helping to get our champion to the national competition.  
For more information on The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee, click here.

2017 Employee Volunteer Projects Announced!

Volunteerism is a part of The Denver Post’s culture, because we believe when we volunteer our time, money, or talents, we help make our world a better, happier place where people work together and improve life for others. Giving back is an enriching experience for all involved and our employees take pride in donating their personal time for a wide range of projects each year. The Denver Post is proud to offer its employee volunteer program ACTS, Assisting the Community Through Service, as a year-round opportunity to make a difference.
In 2017, our employees, with their family and friends, will help make a difference atMile High Early Learning (Northeast) through AMP The Cause’s Community Dayin May, for the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation in June, setting up the annual Used Book Sale, for Denver Public Schools Foundation in July, by collecting school supplies for the MEED program which works with students facing homelessness, at Food Bank of the Rockies in November, by reclaiming and packaging food for low-income families, and with Basket of Joy in December, by packing and delivering Baskets of Joy to help nominated seniors in Metro Denver.
For more information on The Denver Post ACTS, click here.

Thank you! More Than $2,300,000 To Be Distributed Through Season To Share!

Thanks to the generous support of our community, more than $2,300,000 will be distributed this year through The Denver Post Season To Share, a McCormick Foundation Fund. 
More than $1,533,600 was raised thanks the the generosity of over 4,500 donors. The McCormick Foundation matched all gifts at 50% for an additional $766,800. With The Denver Post and the McCormick Foundation paying all expenses, 100% of every donation, plus the match, will go directly to local charities working to move people out of poverty by providing meals for those who are hungry, housing for those who are homeless, healthcare for uninsured/underinsured patients, and education programs for disadvantaged children.
We would like to acknowledge and thank MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation and Denver Active 20/30 Children’s Foundation for their continued support of Season To Share. Grantees will be announced in The Denver Post in mid-July. 
For more information on Season To Share, click here.