Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

Gold ($5000-$9,999)
McElwain Family Foundation

Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
Lou & Melodie Della Cava
PDC Pharmacy

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Chris & Barbara Clemens
EKS&H 
Jay & Kathy Montgomery

Associate ($500-$999)
Stan’s Automotive 
Melvyn & Noelle Branch
David James Williams

Supporter ($250-$499)
Colorado Gives Day FirstBank Incentive Fund

Friend ($1-$249)
Mark & Enid Ablowitz
Anonymous (2)
Linda Barr
Jan Baulsir
Terri Benjamin
Michael Bonino
Dale & Teresa Brooks
Max & Barbara Coppom
Kathy Coyne
Joan Davis
Joshua & Jennie Feiger
Brett & Bridgett Feauto
Doris Gray
Andy & Carol Johnson
Stuart & Lauren Kingsbery
Ed & Connie Lehman
Gary & Lou McClelland
Robert & Barbara Mohr
Tom Myers & Lois Purtell
Albert & Margaret Rael
Jon & Jan Rasmussen
Arthur & Maria Richmond
Jeffrey Schmidt
Sill Terhar Motors 
Richard & Pat Uhlir
Sim & Janis Walker
Marion & Carolyn Weygandt
David Wilson
Budd Zuckerman

Imagine! Celebration Silent Auction Items
Boulder’s Dinner Theatre – 2 tkts. -- $112
Cowgirl Skincare – Cosmetics -- $110
Denver Art Museum – 4 passes -- $52
Denver Center for the Performing Arts  – 2 tkts. -- $100
Dinner by the Dozen – 3 meals -- $80
Flatirons Golf Course – golf for two -- $96
Fox Hill Social Membership -- $1260
Jungle Quest – Gift Card -- $28
Longmont Symphony Orchestra – 4 tkts. -- $64
Lucile’s Creole Café – Gift Certificate
The Puddle Car Wash – 10 punch pass --$110
The Rib House -- 2 Gift Packs -- $29
St. Julien – Overnight & Sunday Brunch for 2 -- $399
Tortugas – Gift Certificate -- $25

Other In-Kind
Airborne Gymnastics -- Reduced rates for Dayspring Families -- $150
Jane Bodnar -- Holiday Gifts
B & C Bouncetown -- Reduced rates for Dayspring Families -- $150
Greg & Pam Felderman – Children’s Clothing $15
Gymboree – Reduced rates and space for Dayspring Families -- $1150
King Soopers Reclamation Dept – Holiday Gifts valued at approx. $1485
Lockheed Martin – Food Baskets & Holiday Gifts – valued at approx. $1,300
Sarah Looney – Holiday Gifts
Nativity of Our Lord Church -- Holiday Gifts – valued at approx. $3750
Nicole Newsom -- Holiday Gifts
Jim & Laural O’Dowd – Gently used toys -- $40
ReMax Alliance of Longmont – Holiday Gifts – valued at approx. $600
Seagate Technology – Holiday Gifts valued at approx. $150
Sunflower Farms -- Reduced rates for Dayspring Families -- $250
Krista Vagnieres – Holiday Gifts
Andrea Van Peursem – Holiday Gifts
WOW Children’s Museum -- Reduced rates for Dayspring Families -- $150

Others, including many Imagine! staff and Imagine! and Imagine! Foundation board members, contributed holiday gifts but didn’t leave names or values of the gifts. Many thanks to all those who helped to make this holiday a much more enjoyable one for needy Imagine! families.
As always, thank you to all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Imagine! Clients Create Handmade Christmas Ornaments For Charity

Earlier this month, artist/consumers in Imagine! CORE/Labor Source art classes completed a fun project that provided a great community connection.

“It was a beautiful simple project where students cut up small pieces of tissue that were then glued on clear glass ornaments using watered down Elmer’s glue,” said Alethea Chorey, Art Instructor for the class. The end result? Lovely ornaments that looked like stained glass.

The fun didn’t end with creating the ornaments, however.

The ornaments were attached to several seasonal displays at Whole Foods Market, located at 2905 Pearl Street in Boulder. Whole Foods shoppers were able to purchase the ornaments for a five dollar donation to Community Food Share. Almost all of the ornaments were sold, and it proved to be a great opportunity for individuals served by Imagine! to give back to their community.

Congratulations to all involved in this project!

Pictured below are Bobbie and Lana, and Stephanie, all working on their ornaments, and some of the ornaments on display at Whole Foods.






Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week's roundup of generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation include:


Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
Avista Adventist Hospital    

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Guaranty Bank and Trust Company
Walmart 

Associate ($500-$999)
Anonymous
Michael Berman
Tom & Maryann Hesemann

Supporter ($250-$499)
David & Marlys Millhiser
Donald & Shirley Stanosheck in honor of four nieces

Friend ($1-$249)
BCL Architects, PC
Angelo and Ann Bindi
John & Ann Boettcher
Christina Craigo
John, Tina, and Micah Honea in honor of two families and one Imagine! staff person
Walter Kingsbery
Trudy Parsons
Lo Anne Zentner

Imagine! Celebration Live Auction Items
We are so excited to have some brand new live auction items this year:
Valorie Simpson/Colorado Business Bank - A Suite of 20 tickets at the Club Level for the Mar. 3 Colorado Avalanche vs. Pittsburgh Penguins game, including five VIP Parking passes -- $2500
Jay & Kathy Montgomery - A stay at an Ouray mountain home
Liquor Mart - A Craft Brewery Package including four different breweries with gift certificates, t-shirts, pint glasses, a tour, and more -- $500
We will be listing all of our live items on our website and on this blog the first week of January.

Imagine! Celebration Silent Auction Items
Barbara & Company -- $100 Gift Cert. and metallic leather handbag -- $198
Buffalo Lock and Key – Safe -- $100
Colorado Symphony Orchestra – 2 tkts. -- $110
Flatirons Golf Course – golf for 2 w/carts – $96
Fresh Produce Sportswear – 2 shirts, sweater, necklace -- $281
Eva Gaudio -- Beeriodic Table -- $450
Pedestrian Shops – 1 pr. Dansko clogs -- $125
The Regiment Shop – Gift Certificate -- $50

Other In-Kind
503 Café – Discount on food for Dayspring staff meeting - $100
Bob & Susan Gabriel – Holiday gifts -- $100
Julie Hartman – Bedding, dishes, dresser, TV, bookshelf -- $200
Liquor Mart  – 12 sets of holiday gifts for families -- $360
Matrix Leadership Workshops – Reduced rates for workshops -- $1000
John Nevins – Holiday gifts -- $95
Marianne Nick – Holiday gifts for all members of one needy Dayspring family -- $500
Roger & Terry Wittern – Holiday Gifts -- $95

Others, including many Imagine! staff and Imagine! and Imagine! Foundaation board members, contributed holiday gifts but didn’t leave names or values of the gifts. Many thanks to all those who helped to make this holiday a much more enjoyable one for needy Imagine! families.

As always, thanks to all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Order Your Celebration Tickets Online!

The 11th Annual Imagine! Celebration will be held on Friday, January 27, 2012, from 5:30-9:30 p.m., at the Plaza Hotel Conference Center in Longmont.

More than 200 silent and live auction items will be available, a new video will highlight Imagine!’s successes, and more than 400 people are expected to attend. Last year the event raised $217,000 for services and supports for Imagine!’s consumers, and the Imagine! Foundation board and Imagine! Celebration Committee’s goal for this year is $233,000.

Tickets are $95/each, with $65 being tax deductible. Tickets may be ordered online by clicking here, or you may send a check with names of attendees to:

Imagine!
ATTN: Susan LaHoda
1400 Dixon St.
Lafayette, CO
80026

Don’t miss this chance to help support some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens, and have a great time in the process!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of donations to Imagine! is a big one, and includes generous individuals and businesses such as:

Platinum ($10,000+)
Boettcher Foundation – Grant for the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome

Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
Daniel & Karissa Mackin

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
David & Susan LaHoda
Longmont United Hospital
Peter McNutt
Rajul & Amy Pandya
Daniel Parise

Associate ($500-$999)
Anonymous
R. David & Suzanne Hoover
Tom & Mary Martella
National Research Center, Inc. 
Jerry & Julia Rudy

Supporter ($250-$499)
Black Roofing 
Joel & Carolyn Buck-Gengler
Scott & Claudia Culley
James Joque & Elizabeth Zentner
John Lewis
Robert Pelz, Jr.
Julie Vlier

Friend ($1-$249)
Richard & Alma Alber
Linioel Aleskin
Anonymous (2)
Ann Arnette
Kent Arnold & Lu Walters
In Honor of the Mark Baker/Dr. Debbie Hamilton Family from Kenneth & Patricia Baker
Paul Bierbaum
Boulder Vision Center
Carl & Mema Brady
Gary Brenner
Kristin Brousseau
Buck & Nancy Buchanan
Buffalo Lock & Key 
Dale Charles
John Clarke
Tom Cobb & Mary Blue
Rogers Coke
Scott & Susanne Davis
Sue Deans
Donald & Martha Dick
Larry & Fran Dugan
Sherry Edmond
Lisa Estrada
Judith Forkner
David & Darlene Foy
Lehn & Johannah Franke
Rachel Gehr
Al & JoAnn Gray
Allison Gray
Jennifer Gustafson
Brian & Theresa Haley
Jill Hobson
Jerry Lewis
Patricia Lowe
Bob & Joan Luxner
Catherine Manka
Gerald & Patricia McNutt
David & Patti Micklin
In Honor of 10 Friends from Jim & Jeanne Mytton
Bryan & Molly Pieper
Jan Rasmussen
James Rhodes
Daren & Sara Roberts
Charles & Gay Rohrer
In Honor of Bill Sabin from Gerould & Martha Sabin
Garry Sanfacon
Bill & Helen Schmalhorst
Gail Scott
Caroline Siegfried
Mollie Stauss
Robert & Dorothea Steinke
Brenda Summers
Bill & Rosalie Vorlage
Jim & Terry Vratny
Gregory Wellems
Mark & Katie Wilcox
Sterling Wind
Roger & Terry Wittern
Bill & Renate Wood

Imagine! Celebration Auction Items
Buffalo Wild Wings Longmont – Three Wing Parties -- $102
Colorado Ballet -- 2 tickets to Peter Pan -- $160
The Core Pilates Studio – Intro Package -- $250
Crackpots – 4 sitting fees -- $32
Dick’s Sporting Goods – Gift Certificate -- $20
Dick’s Sporting Goods Bolder Boulder – 2 race certificates -- $92
Longmont Theatre Company – Two show vouchers -- $34
Pedestrian Shops – Pair of Dansko clogs -- $125
Pump House Brewery – Gift Certificate -- $25
Sun Rose Café – Gift Certificate -- $25
Super Mini-Walnut Café – Breakfast or Lunch for Two -- $25
Terroir New American Cuisine – Gift Certificate -- $40
Thomas J. Zyvoloski, DDS – 2 Sonicare toothbrushes (adult/child) and tooth & gums tonic -- $236
WOW Children’s Museum – 4 admissions - $32

Other In-Kind
278 Gifts for Imagine!’s Needy Clients Brought By Guests at Stephen Tebo’s Holiday Party -- Approx. $5,560
Great Frame Up Longmont – Discounted frame & mounting of newspaper articles -- $150
Essie Siegfried – 3 Build-a-Bears -- $30

As always, thanks to all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Colorado Gives Day Update

Last week, on December 6, the Imagine! Foundation participated in a state-wide fundraising event known as Colorado Gives Day. This was the second year Imagine! has been a part of this day to encourage philanthropy in Colorado. Imagine!’s total donations for this year’s Colorado Gives Day were $12,407 – a big step up from last year’s $4,675. A total of 56 individuals made gifts, including seven Imagine! staff members, two board members, and one former board member.

Overall, generous Coloradans donated $12 million through 52,000 donations on Colorado Gives Day. This is a 150 percent increase over last year.

Thanks to all who participated, and especially to the Community First Foundation and GivingFirst.org for leading the way on this day of giving!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Meet Imagine!'s 2011 Consumer of the Year

This past Friday night Imagine! hosted its annual employee holiday party. A highlight of the event was the introduction of Imagine!’s Consumer of the Year, Lindsey Newell. The video below was shown at the party to show why Lindsey was so deserving of the award. Enjoy!



Can’t see the video? Click here.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

Here’s this week’s roundup of donations to the Imagine! Foundation:

Gold ($5,000-$9,999)
The Ball Foundation 
Colorado Business Bank 

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Dean Callan & Co. 
George Karakehian for City Council (leftover funds)
Hisco 

Supporter ($250-$499)
Warren & Caroline Baker
David Harwood & Ellen Marshall

Friend ($1-$249)
Paul & Carol Cardosi
Amir & Nikki Cohen
Randy Draper & Sally Watts
Andrea (AJ) Grant
Paula Guercio
Judith Halbert
Robert & Chris Hannagan
John Hoeffler
Pat & Alfred LeBlang
Eleanor Linke
Jim & Donna Lionberger
Tom Norton
Jim & Jeanne Mytton
Marjorie Rogers
Stein & Karen Sture
Daniel & Sandra Stevens
Sharon Svendsen

Imagine! Celebration Auction Items
Boulder Marriott Hotel – One weekend night stay -- $225
David Schlatter Photography – 1 Studio Session & 1 11 x 13 portrait -- $215
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburger – One Family Dinner -- $35
Great Harvest Longmont – Basket - $40
The Ice Rink at One Boulder Plaza – 4 entries & skate rental -- $36
Original Pancake House – 2 $25 Gift Certs. -- $50
Side Door Salon – Haircut -- $76
Smoker Friendly – Cigar Basket - $250

Other In-Kind
Denver Boulder Couriers – 1 trip
 As always, thanks to all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Today Is Colorado Gives Day!

Today is Colorado Gives Day, and Imagine! is again participating. Donations made online through this blog or our website using any of the “Donate Here” buttons today will also be eligible for partial matching funds.

The “Donate Now” button (seen in the upper right hand corner on this blog) takes you directly to the Community First Foundation site and saves the 5.5% bank fee for credit card donations.

Last year individuals donated $4,675 to Imagine! on Colorado Gives Day, and we received $177.68 in matching funds from the Circle of Giving Incentive Fund. But $8.4 million was donated across Colorado last year, and $320,000 in incentive funds were given out, so we have room to grow!

If you are thinking about making a gift to Imagine! before the end of the calendar year, please consider doing it online today (you can also designate a particular Imagine! program in the “Any comments or special instructions” box if you would like). The only gifts that are ineligible are donations for which you receive something in return, such as tickets or sponsorships to our Imagine! Celebration.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of donations to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
FirstBank of Longmont 
Tom & Pat Metz

Associate ($500-$999)
Mary Aangeenbrug -- Donated at Zolo Grill Thanksgiving Event

Supporter ($250-$499)
Peter & Anne Carpenter
Anonymous Cash Donations at Zolo Grill Thanksgiving Event

Friend ($1-$249)
Margaret Berglund
Anthony Greco
Paul & Jan Hoskins
Edward & Elena Merchant
North Boulder Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation, LLC
Wade & Beth Payne
Robert Pred
Robert & Margaret Richardson
Robert Risch
Howard Rudnick & Jennifer Swezey
Steve & Darla Schueth
Larry & Thelma Whitaker

Imagine! Celebration Auction Items
Anonymous -- Lalique Crystal Buffalo -- $350
Anonymous – Two Jim Thompson Silk Scarves -- $100
Anonymous – United States 6-Coin Proof Set – 1975 -- $12
Art Cleaners – Gift Certificates -- $100
Ballet Nouveau Colorado – two tickets - $60
Children’s Museum of Denver – 4 passes -- $28
Comedy Works – 10 admit 2 passes - $320
Jane Dinsmore – Haircut -- $60
Hapa Sushi Grill - $50 gift card
Leonard’s Golf – 2 $50 gift certificates
Liquor Mart – Up to Five Wine-A-Months @ $100 ea. -- $500
The Lodge Casino Black Hawk – One night stay + $50 for meals -- $150
Maureen Moon – 2 90 minute massages -- $200
Old Chicago – Pizza for a Year + $50 in Gift Certificates -- $350
Omni Hotels & Resorts – 2 night stay any Omni – $550
Pirate’s Cove Family Aquatic Center – four passes - $37
Sugarbeet – Gift Certificate -- $40
Don Sullivan & Paige Lawrence – 7 days at Durango vacation home -- $2300
As always, thanks to all of our generous donors.

Monday, November 28, 2011

A Zolo Thanksgiving

Last week, Dave Query and the Big Red F Restaurant Group hosted a free Thanksgiving Dinner for Imagine! clients and their families at Zolo Southwestern Grill in Boulder.  This is te eighth year he has hosted this event.

The event was once again a huge success. 360 meals were served in three seatings -- turkey, dressing, all the trimmings, pumpkin pie. Donations to Imagine! at the event came to $816, and one generous person left a check for $500. What a great day!

Below are some pictures from the event. Thanks to Dave, Zolo staff, and all the volunteers for creating another special Thanksgiving for the people Imagine! serves.

Residents of the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome enjoyed thier meal.

Dave Query with Imagine! Foundation Executive Director Susan LaHoda.

A happy Imagine! family enjoys their meal.

Longtime Imagine! supporters Peter and Arlene Heinz volunteered to help make the event a success.



Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thank You Thursday

Today is Thanksgiving, so it just makes sense to share our weekly roundup of generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation, so we can give a hearty “thanks” to all of them for supporting Imagine!’s mission of providing opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to live fulfilling lives of independence and quality in their homes and communities.

Gold ($5,000-$9,999)
David & Laura Braddock
Mark Zentner (combined with Matching Gift from Motorola Foundation)

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Longmont Community Foundation (Giving Spark Award) - Courtesy of Leona Stoecker
Metro Taxi
Rose Community Foundation
Tetra Tech

Friend ($1-$249)
Whitney P. Blair, PC
IBM Payroll Deduction
Vicki O’Connor
Steven Turley
Wallaroo Hat Company
Lo Anne Zentner

Imagine! Celebration Auction Items
Barris Laser & Skin Care – Facial and Microdermabrasion -- $205
Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse – Gift Certificate -- $50
Colorado Chautauqua Association – Two concert tickets -- $50
eTown – Music and Gear Package - $102
The Golden Hotel – One night stay with breakfast for two -- $225
High Country Harley Davidson – 3 day rental -- $375
Iris Nails – Manicure and Pedicure - $35
The Little Jewel – Earrings
Murphy’s Wellness Center – One Hour massage - $70
Turley’s Restaurant Ten $30 Gift Certificates -- $300
Via Toscana – Gift Card -- $25

Imagine! Celebration 2012 Sponsorships

Gold Sponsorships
Ball Corporation 
Sandy & Sally Bracken
David & Laura Braddock
Colorado Business Bank 
Signature Offset
Mark Zentner/Motorola Foundation

Silver Sponsorships
Boulder Community Hospital 

Table Sponsorships
Sandy & Sally Bracken
Centennial Bank
Bob & Judy Charles
David Edwards
FirstBank of Longmont
Liquor Mart 
Longmont United Hospital 
Metro Taxi
Jay & Kathy Montgomery
Walt & Linda Pounds
Lloyd & Julie Streit
Tetra Tech 
Don & Colene Van Winkle
As always, we give thanks to all of our generous donors

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Join The Imagine! Promise

Please consider joining the dozen individuals who have already put Imagine! into their wills and have let Imagine! know. These names are proudly displayed in the John M. Taylor Conference Center in Lafayette on The Imagine! Promise sculpture. For information or to let us know of your planned gift, please contact Susan LaHoda at slahoda@imaginecolorado.org or 303-666-7018.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
Boulder Community Hospital

Associate ($500-$999)
Abigail Gosselin - Designated for Imagine!'s Dayspring department
Import Coachworks, Ltd.
Supporter ($250-$499)
American Family Insurance (Ella Washington)

Imagine! Celebration Auction Items
Alba Restaurant and Wine Bar – Gift Certificate - $50
Agave – Gift Certificate -- $50
Arugula – Gift Card -- $50
Mary Balzer -- Handwoven basket with handblown glass twist -- $100
Blue Mountain Arts -- 6 vouchers for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival - $228
Buddha Cafe – Gift Certificate  -- $50
Laurie Chrisman – Tennis Lessons – $80
Denver Broncos – Signed item of memorabilia - $50
RJ and Pauline Higgins – Estes Park Cabin - $450
Jeffrey K. Abrams Architect – Two one hour consults - $290
Jimmy & Drew’s – Gift Certificate -- $50
Mary Williams Fine Arts – Print - $195
The Mediterranean Restaurant – Gift Certificate -- $25
Murphy’s North – Gift Card -- $50
Restaurant 4580 – Gift Certificate - $50
The Sink Gourmet – Gift Certificate for Catered Event -- $500
Tangerine – Gift Card -- $50

Other In-Kind Items
Edmond & Maria Shapiro – Kids’ clothing – valued at $20
As always, thanks to all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Imagine!'s Supported Employment Services - Beneficial To All

Since 1984, CORE/Labor Source, a division of Imagine!, has assisted people who have developmental disabilities across Boulder and Broomfield counties in finding gainful employment through supported employment services. The CORE/Labor Source team is passionate about the importance of work and believes that a diverse workforce strengthens society.

Supported employment offers people who have a disability the opportunity to develop vital job skills and become active participants in their communities. CORE/Labor Source clients work hard, pay taxes, and spend their well-earned money in the community.

The benefits extend far beyond helping Imagine!’s clients, however. Businesses using our services are able to reduce recruitment and training expenses, benefit from a diversified employee pool, and enhance their public image. Partnering with CORE/Labor Source is a “win-win” situation that is beneficial to all.

Many businesses in Boulder and Broomfield counties have already discovered the benefits of using CORE/Labor Source work crews as part of their workforce, as demonstrated by the list below. If you own, operate, or work for a business that may also benefit from hiring CORE/Labor Source clients, please contact Tom Riley at 303-775-3244.

Companies and Organizations Using Imagine! Work Crews As Part of Their Workforce

City of Boulder
Crooked Creek
G & S Mountain Recyclers
In Clover
Left Hand Brewing Companies 
Oskar Blues Brewery 
Outback Steakhouse – Louisville
Outback Steakhouse – Longmont
Rock Bottom - 144th & Orchard
Rock Bottom – Westminster
The Hungry Toad Bar & Bistro

Companies and Organizations Using Imagine! Clients Who Work Independently As Part of Their Workforce

Left Hand Brewing Companies

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thank You Thursday

Here’s this week’s roundup of generous donors to the Imagine! Foundation.

Associate ($500-$999)
Jon & Karen Jones

Supporter ($250-$499)
Boulder Creek Events – $265 - Proceeds from 8/13 Twenty Ninth Street LIVE!
Egg Strategy, Inc.
Jim & Linda Karagas
Seal-It-Up
Friend ($1-$249)
Ken & Jan Alford
Mike & Julie Butler
Marty & Helen Goldman

Imagine! Celebration Auction Items
Animal Hospital -- Vet for a Day -- $100
Arvada Center for the Arts – 2 tickets to “Chess” - $11
Boulder Community Hospital – 2 heart scans - $498
Boulder Country Club -- A round of golf for four players -- $350
The Huckleberry – Tea for Two -- $35
Isle Casino Hotel -- one night stay and dinner for two -- $140
Q’s Restaurant -- gift certificate -- $50
Denver Museum of Nature & Science – Passes -- $48
Madcap Theater -- Tickets -- $72
Denver Zoo – family four pack -- $42
Longmont Dairy – gift certificate --$25
Little Monkey Bizness – open play party -- $149
Eldorado Pool -- 8 passes -- $64
Renaissance Hotel -- One night stay and breakfast for two -- $150
Balloon Ride – David and Roberta Levin -- $400
Rick Uhlir – four private golf lessons -- $150

Other In-Kind Items
Denver Boulder Couriers – 1 trip valued at $21
Pat Uhlir – baby toys and books valued at $30
As always, thank you to all of Imagine!’s generous donors.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Interest in Imagine!’s SmartHomes Continues to Grow

Imagine!’s two SmartHomes continue to garner national and even international attention. As the first two homes in the nation to use technology in a comprehensive way to enhance the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities, more and more organizations and thought leaders in the field are recognizing that Imagine!’s innovative and forward-thinking SmartHomes can serve as a model for the future of residential care.

Additionally, interested parties are learning how the various technologies, or SmartSupports, being tested and refined in Imagine!’s SmartHomes can offer solutions geared toward allowing individuals with disabilities to live independently, or with their families and loved ones, for longer periods of time.

For example, more than 500 visitors have taken a tour of either the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder or the Charles Family SmartHome in Longmont, and many have toured both homes. People taking the tour have come from all across the nation, and as far away as England, France, and Russia. No matter where the visitors are from, they all leave the tours impressed with how technology is improving the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens. Learn more about the free tours, or sign up to take a tour yourself, by clicking here.

Taking a tour of Imagine!’s SmartHomes isn’t the only way people are learning about this unique and ambitious project, however. SmartHome staff members have been invited by organizations across the country, from Alaska to Washington D.C. (at the World Bank, no less), to present on SmartHomes and SmartSupports at a wide variety of conferences and events. To date, almost 40 presentations have been made by members of the SmartHome team. To learn more about SmartHome presentations, click here.

SmartHome team members have also begun providing consulting services to other organizations looking to incorporate technology into their services. In just the past three months, Imagine! has consulted on technology plans for organizations based in Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Maine.

The desire of so many organizations to learn about this project serves as yet another reminder of how Imagine!'s SmartHomes continue to be recognized as an innovative approach to improving clients’ self-sufficiency and ability to engage with the community while optimizing the efficiency and effectiveness of caregivers.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Colorado Gives Day Is December 6!

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, December 6, and Imagine! will again be participating. Donations made online through this blog or our website on December 6 at any of the “Donate Here” buttons will also be eligible for partial matching funds. The “Donate Here” button (seen in the upper right hand corner on this blog) takes you directly to the Community First Foundation site and saves the 5.5% bank fee for credit card donations.

Last year individuals donated $4,675 to Imagine! on Colorado Gives Day, and we received $177.68 in matching funds from the Circle of Giving Incentive Fund. But $8.4 million was donated across Colorado last year, and $320,000 in incentive funds were given out, so we have room to grow!

If you are thinking about making a gift to Imagine! before the end of the calendar year, please consider doing it online through our website on December 6 (you can also designate a particular Imagine! program in the “Any comments or special instructions” box if you would like). The only gifts that are ineligible are donations for which you receive something in return, such as tickets or sponsorships to our Imagine! Celebration.

Mark your calendar for December 6!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thank You, Governor Hickenlooper

Henry Sobanet, the Director of the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budget, recently released some of the key components of Governor John Hickenlooper’s budget for Fiscal Year 2012-13. The Governor’s new budget proposal requests resources for 173 people with developmental disabilities in emergency and high risk situations.

Imagine! knows more than 2,800 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families in Boulder and Broomfield counties, hundreds of whom are waiting for State funded services and supports. The financial and emotional challenges that these individuals and their families face twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week are tremendous. The proposed new resources will help provide a safety net, especially when a caregiver can no longer care for their loved one.

On behalf of Imagine!, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Governor Hickenlooper, Chief of Staff Roxanne White, Budget Director Sobanet, and their staff for their hard work on a difficult budget and for their demonstrated commitment to our state’s most vulnerable citizens.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Thanksgiving Tradition

Dave Query
For the 8th year, Dave Query and the Big Red F Restaurant Group will host a free Thanksgiving Dinner for Imagine! clients and their families. Query is a former Imagine! Foundation board member and owner of Big Red F, which includes Boulder restaurants Centro Latin Kitchen and Refreshment Palace, the Bitter Bar, Jax Fish House, West End Tavern, and Zolo Southwestern Grill, Denver restaurants Jax Fish House and LoLa Coastal Mexican, and the new Jax Fish House in Fort Collins. Query is donating the makings for a delicious Zolo-style Thanksgiving repast with all the trimmings, and the wait staff is volunteering its time. Three seatings are offered, allowing nearly 400 people to enjoy this lovely celebration of Thanksgiving.

Thanks, Dave, for all you do for your community!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of donations to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Bronze ($1000-$2,499)
Phil & Yvonne DiStefano – for the Billy Montgomery Room at the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome
Friend ($1-$249)
Kathy Coyne
Paul & Kelley Degarate
Paul Eklund
Highline Capital Corporation
IBM payroll deduction
Jim & Mary Rianoshek

Imagine! Celebration Auction Items
Attitudez Hair & Nail, Ltd. – 3 mini manicures valued at $80
Boulder Philharmonic – Tickets valued at $100
Carelli’s Restaurant – Gift Certificate valued at $50
Colterra – Gift Certificate valued at $50
Dave’s Pristine Carpet Care, LLC – Gift Certificates valued at $300
Haystack Mountain Golf – Foursome valued at $60
Bobby Hills, CMT – 60 minute sports massage valued at $75
Hotel Boulderado – One night stay valued at $269
Lake Valley Golf – Golf for four with carts valued at $300
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery – Gift Certificates valued at $300
Pasta Jay’s – Gift Certificates valued at $60
Hope Robertson, CEH, RCST, NCLMT – 90 minute massage valued at $90
Christy Russell – Haircut valued at $45
Salt The Bistro – Gift Certificate valued at $50
Thompson House Inn & Tea Room – Tea for Four valued at $60

Other In-Kind Items
Walt & Linda Pounds - Improvements to the Tenino PCA
As always, thank you to all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Foundation Board Member Wins “Dancing With The Boulder Stars”

Valorie Simpson
Congratulations are in order for Imagine! Foundation board member Valorie Simpson, who won first place in the 2011 “Dancing with the Boulder Stars.”

Valorie, President of Colorado Business Bank – Boulder, joined seven other local celebrities who were matched with professional dance instructors and went through a 10-week rehearsal process. They performed their dance at the Boulder Theater on Thursday, October 20. Attendees 'voted' for their favorite dancers with $1 per vote – and Valorie received the most votes! Proceeds from the event benefited the YWCA of Boulder County.

Way to hoof it up, Valorie!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Leona Stoecker: Imagine!’s Giving Spark!



Today we’d like to offer a well deserved “congratulations” to Imagine! Foundation board member and past president Leona Stoecker, who on Friday was awarded the Giving Spark Award at the Longmont Community Foundation Giving Celebration.

We’d like to quote here an email that Kathy Coyne, another Foundation board member, wrote to Leona last night after the ceremony, as it is said so beautifully and captures how we all feel. Kathy was attending on behalf of HospiceCare of Boulder & Broomfield Counties, which was a finalist for the Longmont Community Foundation’s Collaborative Excellence Award.
Leona,

It was so nice to see you tonight and I do hope I’m one of the first to congratulate you on the honor and award received at the Longmont Community Foundation Celebration!

You’ve been such a gift to the Longmont community and to Imagine! I can’t thank you enough for your efforts.

I wasn’t surprised, but everyone at my table mentioned how wonderfully you served the organization with your comments upon receiving the award. So perfectly done!

You’re such a treasure and I so appreciate your leadership!

Many thanks and congratulations again--also to your beloved Bernie, for his support of your efforts, as I know that means a lot to you and to our community!
Thanks so much, Kathy, and especially and always to our dear Leona!!

In the pictures above, Leona is shown with her award, and also with her husband Bernie.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of donations to the Imagine! Foundation includes:
Bronze ($1000-$2,499)
Combined Federal Campaign – $1,589.34 (quarterly payment)

Friend ($1-$249)
Dan & Judith Hersh
Don Humphrey
Glennys McPhilimy
MGM & United Artists/Billy Montgomery
Laurence Paddock
Virginia Patterson
Susan Routt
Art & Barb Sward
Harlan & Mary Wagoner

Auction Items for Imagine! Celebration
Boulder Cork Gift Certificate – value = $50
Christina’s Lingerie Gift Certificate - value = $100
Colorado Music Festival – 2 section A tickets for summer 2012 – value = $100
Deb Gravelle – 3 hour sailing lesson at Boulder Reservoir – value = $250
Martini’s Bistro Gift Card – value = $50

Other In-Kind Items
Susan Glairon - Mini-Tramp, Easel, Other Toys - value = $50
Janine Randol – Week at timeshare for two Dayspring staff – value = $400
As always, we thank all of our generous donors

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Imagine! Celebration – Save the Date: January 27, 2012!

The Imagine! Celebration, the annual fundraising event of the Imagine! Foundation, has a few surprises in store for guests this year! In response to a survey done after the event last year, the 2012 Imagine! Celebration will switch to hors d’oeuvres and food stations for the first part of the evening rather than a sit-down dinner in order to give people more time to socialize and to browse the 200+ auction items that will be available. Guests will then settle into their tables for dessert, coffee, the program, and the live auction. George Karakehian, emeritus member of the Foundation’s board of directors and a current Boulder City Council member, will again add his clever jokes and heartfelt thoughts as emcee. In order to accommodate approximately 425 people, the event will again be held at the Plaza Hotel Longmont (formerly the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center). It’s not too early to put Friday, January 27, 2012 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on your calendar!

Several new members have joined the Imagine! Celebration Commiteee chaired by Foundation board member Colene Van Winkle and Paige Lawrence who head up the Core Group planners and a newly formed Calling Crew who seek out auction items (see list below). New and exciting items are already coming in, including many in the favorite Live, Food & Wine, Lodging, Entertainment, and Sports & Adventure categories.

Online reservations for the event will again make it quick and easy to reserve individual tickets at $95/each or tables of ten for $1,250, with ticket and table prices remaining unchanged for the past five years in order to encourage people to attend, learn about, and support Imagine!. Invitations will be mailed around the first of the year.

Thanks to its popularity and proven results, electronic bidding will make its fifth appearance with a new feature allowing guests to bid using their smart phones! The Imagine! Foundation was one of the first non-profits in the area to try electronic bidding four years ago, and it is now showing up at more and more events. It’s easy, fun, and allows guests to enter their bids on hand-held tablets, check periodically to see what items they are winning, and find “bargains,” all without having to leave their group.

Be sure to check the Imagine! website as we add our sponsors, our live auction items, and more about the festivities. See you on January 27thth!

Imagine! Celebration Committee

CORE GROUP
Colene Van Winkle, Chairperson
Paige Lawrence, Chairperson
Deb Gravelle
Don Sullivan

CALLING CREW
Teresa Brooks
Patrick Krause
Lisa Fiero
Mallory Montazzoli
Kathy Montgomery
Jackie Nelson
Michelle O’Brien
Denise Stearns
Gina Stobenau

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s donations to the Imagine! Foundation include:

Bronze ($1000-$2,499)
John & Susie Hayes
Imagine! Employees - First Quarter transfer of Imagine! Employee Payroll Deductions = $1,848!
One Lafayette – A grant of $1,000 from the City of Lafayette for Imagine!’s Emergency Fund to cover a portion of the emergency needs of Lafayette residents with developmental disabilities

Associate ($500-$999)
Fletcher & Janie Brown
Rick & Sue Jay
Pete & Gayla Lindquist

Supporter ($250-$499)
Santa’s House Project – we receive proceeds from their holiday open house every year with funds directed to Imagine!’s Dayspring department

Friend ($1-$249)
Bob & Cindy Baxt
Charlene Laughlin

Auction Items for Imagine! Celebration Dinner and Auction
Colorado National Golf Club – Foursome with cart – Value = $300

Other In-Kind Items
Carpenter Fence, Inc., Longmont – Fencing Installation at Imagine! home in Louisville –
Value = $165

As always, thanks to all of our generous donors!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of donors to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

Cash Gifts
Alex & Nancy Ariniello
CivilArts
Darrell & Pat Fanning
Carol Lindquist
Frances McCarty
Gene & Susan Mossberg
Gordon & Pamela Pedrow
The Philoptochos Society of Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church
Jim & Sue Rector
Lee & Bev Springer
Ken & Ruth Wright
iGive.com - $41.27 (sign up for free at iGive.com and shop as usual at many of your favorite online sites that will then donate a percentage of your purchase to the Imagine! Foundation).


Auction Items For Our 2012 Imagine! Celebration Dinner and Auction
Hampton Inn & Suites Denver Downtown – one night weekend stay valued at $195
Colorado Athletic Club - 1 mo. dual membership w/ two personal training sessions valued at $500


Other In-Kind Gifts
Gait Trainer (walker for small children) from Joyce Frailey, valued at $150
Two courier trips from Denver Boulder Couriers valued at $42

We are so appreciative of all of generous donors!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Imagine! Client Art Show A Big Hit

We mentioned a while back that participants in Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source art class were displaying some of their artwork at an Art Show hosted by RE/MAX Alliance in Longmont.

The show was a big hit. If you weren’t able to make it, below are some pictures of the fantastic artwork that was displayed at the show.

Our thanks to Julie Markiewicz, a realtor at RE/MAX Alliance and a mother of one of the consumers in CORE/Labor Source classes. Julie was the individual who originally contacted CORE/Labor Source to set up this wonderful opportunity and has always been a huge supporter of CORE/Labor Source.





Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of donations to the Imagine! Foundation include:

• A generous donation from Richard Lirtzman

• $4 from participants in IBM’s payroll deduction program
As always, thanks to all of Imagine!’s generous donors.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thank You Todd Saliman

Last night at Imagine!’s Board of Directors meeting, Imagine! SmartHome resident Gerald presented Todd Saliman with a framed piece of artwork that Gerald painted himself in honor of Todd’s tireless work on behalf of Imagine! and individuals with developmental disabilities across the state of Colorado.

Todd’s resume is quite impressive. From 1994 to 2002, Todd served in the Colorado House of Representatives. During his term he spent four years on the influential Joint Budget Committee. From 1996 to 2002 Todd also served on Imagine!’s Board of Directors. From 2003 to 2006, Todd served as a lobbyist for Imagine!, and in 2006 Todd was appointed by then Colorado governor Bill Ritter to head the state’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting. After helping with the transition into the current Governor John Hickenlooper’s administration, Todd has returned to lobbying for Imagine! and other clients, joining forces with Tanya Kelly-Bowry as part of the Policy Matters lobbying firm.

The common thread running through all of Todd’s accomplishments is a deep commitment to protecting some of Colorado’s most vulnerable citizens – individuals with developmental disabilities. His often heroic efforts during a time of deep economic uncertainty has meant that funding for services in our state has avoided some of the deep and painful budget cuts that otherwise may have hit our field. As Imagine! CEO Mark Emery put it, “There isn’t one individual with a developmental disability in our state that hasn’t benefited because of Todd’s work.”

In the picture below, Imagine! CEO Mark Emery (far left) claps as Todd (second from left) holds up Gerald’s painting. Greg Wellems (second from right) and Gerald look on.

Congratulations Todd, and thanks for all you have done for us!


Monday, September 26, 2011

Congratulations, Leona!

Today we’d like to offer our congratulations to Leona Stoecker, past president of the Imagine! Foundation Board of Directors and one of the staunchest supporters of Imagine! and our SmartHomes project. Leona has been named as a finalist for the Longmont Community Foundation’s “Giving Spark” Award. Whether she wins or not, her spark is invaluable to us at Imagine!.

To learn more about all the great things Leona does for her community, click on the graphic below. The story is from when Leona was recognized as an icon of Boulder County by the Boulder County Business Report in a special publication called “Milestones: Icons and History of the Boulder Valley.” To make the picture bigger so you can read it better, just click on it again.

Thanks Leona, for all you have done for our Imagine!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

This week’s roundup of donations to the Imagine! Foundation includes:

• $5,000 from Sandy and Sally Bracken for a Gold Sponsorship of the 2012 Imagine! Celebration. Gold Sponsorships are used directly to support our SmartHomes, and this gift will be used to support the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder.

• $5,000 from Hannelore Jend of Louisville

• $2,500 from Art and Marion Seder of Virginia in support of the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome

• An additional donation in memory of Margaret Wilson, the mother of one of Imagine!’s clients, from Rickie Sewell of Missouri
As always, thanks to all of our generous donors.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive Helps Support Imagine! Children’s Program

Imagine!’s Dayspring department’s community calendar activities introduce young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families to places in our community that offer great activities and opportunities for children to meet their goals through fun and play. All activities encourage motor, sensory, social-emotional, cognitive, and speech-language development.

Much of young children’s learning takes place when they direct their own play. Learning occurs as children touch, manipulate, experiment and talk about things, while interacting with people who facilitate without directing. During play, children are provided with sensory experiences and opportunities to move. Young children need to climb, run, jump and challenge themselves motorically. Children are natural explorers and instinctively touch, taste, hear and observe the world around them.

Dayspring’s community activities are made possible in part by donations from generous local organizations, including the Knights of Columbus, who have donated more than $41,000 to this program in the past through their Annual Tootsie Roll Drive.

Several Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drives are scheduled locally in the next few weeks. Please consider supporting them. Here’s where you can find them:

Boulder

Saturday, Sept. 24
Safeway, 4800 Baseline Road, 9 AM – 4 PM
Safeway, 3325 28th Street (Iris and 28th), 9 AM – 4 PM

Saturday, Oct. 1
King Soopers, 3600 Table Mesa Drive, 9 AM – 4 PM
King Soopers, 1650 30th Street (30th and Arapahoe Ave.), 9 AM – 4 PM

Longmont

Saturday, Sept. 24
King Soopers, 1611 Pace Street, 2-4 PM
King Soopers, 2255 N. Main Street, 9AM-6 PM
King Soopers, 995 S. Hover Street, 2-4 PM

Sunday, Sept. 25
Safeway, 1632 N. Hover, 9-6 PM
King Soopers, 1611 Pace Street, 2-4 PM
King Soopers, 2225 N. Main Street, 9AM-6 PM
King Soopers, 995 S. Hover Street, 2-4 PM

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Thank You Thursday

Donations to the Imagine! Foundation this week included:

• A donation in memory of Margaret Wilson, the mother of one of Imagine!’s clients, from Richard Graham
As always, thanks to all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Imagine! Artists To Display Work In Longmont

Participants in Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source art class are scheduled to display some of their artwork at an upcoming Art Show on Wednesday, September 14, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

RE/MAX Alliance in Longmont will be displaying consumer art work from Friday, September 2 through the end of the month. The Art Show on the 14th will be held at the RE/MAX Alliance office in Longmont at 900 South Main Street, Suite 100. Refreshments will be provided during the art show on the 14th.

Our thanks to Julie Markiewicz, a realtor at RE/MAX Alliance and a mother of one of the consumers in CORE/Labor Source classes. Julie was the individual who originally contacted CORE/Labor Source to set up this wonderful opportunity and has always been a huge supporter of CORE/Labor Source.

Please stop by RE/MAX Alliance on the 14th, or throughout the month, to support and validate the efforts of the artist/consumers.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

Here’s this week’s roundup of donations to the Imagine! Foundation:

• A donation in memory of Margaret Wilson, the mother of one of Imagine!’s clients, from Kathleen Clark


• $4 from the IBM employee charitable contribution campaign


• An in-kind donation of one courier trip from Denver Boulder Couriers

• An in-kind donation from former Imagine! employee Michelle Wilson of a shower chair, rolling bedside table, walker with wheels and seat, bedrail, and a turntable to assist in getting in and out of a car

• An in-kind donation of beer, water, and ice (plus wine previously donated for the Mary Williams Fine Arts Quick Draw event) from Liquor Mart for the Summer Board Get Together. The Summer Board Get Together was a delightful event where Imagine! Foundation Board Members had the opportunity to get to know one another better, NOT talk about fundraising, and eat delicious food from West End Tavern while watching the sun go down and the moon rise over the mountains.  Thanks to Foundation Board Member Jay Montgomery and his wife Kathy for hosting the event at their lovely home.
The Imagine! Foundation is very grateful to all of our generous donors. Thanks so much!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Photos From 29th Street Concert Series Benefiting Imagine!

On Saturday, August 13, Imagine! was the featured nonprofit at the 29th St. Mall Live Concert Series in Boulder. Imagine! had an information booth, received 10% of alcohol proceeds from 29th St. Mall, and that amount was matched by Boulder Creek Events. A representative from Imagine! also got to speak to the crowd about Imagine!"s services, and most importantly, the people we serve, during the band break.

A large crowd attended the event

Chase N The Dream was the band - and they rocked the house!

Dancing in the streets

Imagine! Foundation Executive Director Susan LaHoda (right) was on hand to share information about Imagine!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thank You, Safeway Foundation!


Lindsey Carpenter (left), Safeway's Denver Division Public Affairs Manager, presented Imagine! with a check for $10,000 at the Imagine! board of directors meeting on Tuesday, August 30. Joe Hansen (right), an employee of Safeway and a member of Imagine!'s Board of Directors, had written a letter of support to accompany the Imagine! Foundation's original grant application. Imagine! CEO Mark Emery is in the center.

Thank you so much to the Safeway Foundation for its generous support of Imagine!’s mission.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thank You Thursday!

Welcome to Thank You Thursday! This week’s roundup of generous donations made to the Imagine! Foundation include:

• $1,840 from Motorola Solutions Foundation. This represented matching gifts for contributions made by Imagine! board member Mark Zentner and Mary Dichtl at the Imagine! Celebration in January, as well as monetary support for Mark’s volunteer hours of service to Imagine! during 2009.
• Additional donations in memory of Margaret Wilson, the mother of one of Imagine!’s clients, from:

1. Gary & Crystal Daum (Longmont)
2. Thomas & Debra Hutchinson (Longmont)
3. Jeffrey & Dana Stobbe (Nevada)
4. Catherine Trujillo (Longmont)
As always, thanks to all of our generous donors.