Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

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

Cash Donations

Platinum ($10,000+)
Walt & Linda Pounds

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Avista Adventist Hospital – Table at Imagine! Celebration
Fisher Auto, Inc. – Table at Imagine! Celebration
Imagine! Employees
Lightning Eliminators & Consultants, Inc. – Table at Imagine! Celebration
George & Petrea Mah
Jay & Kathy Montgomery – Table at Imagine! Celebration
Republic National Distributing Company – Donation for Imagine! Celebration

Associate ($500-$999)
FirstBank Incentive Fund
Bob & Diane Greenlee
In Honor of Tim Johnson, Gene & Jan Barnett, and James & Jeanne Mytton
  From John & Tina Honea
David and Marcia Wyatt

Supporter ($250-$499)
Peter & Anne Carpenter

Friend ($1-$249)
Mark & Enid Ablowitz
Linda Barr
Michelle Conkey
Fred Cooper
Kathy Coyne
Martha Evans
Allen & Jessica Feld
In Memory of Jeannette Gonzalez
  From Frascona, Joiner, Goodman, and Greenstein, P.C.
Andrea Grant
In Honor of the Charles Holmes Family
  From Pete & Patti Sandman
Andy & Carol Johnson
Ed & Connie Lehman
Robert Naumann
Alex & Susanne Rhodes
Susan Routt
In Honor of William J. Senter
  From Irene Senter
Stan’s Automotive 
Daniel & Sandra Stevens
Simeon & Janis Walker

In-Kind Donations

Platinum ($10,000+)
Paul & Merritt Lealman – 1998 accessible Ford Econoline conversion van

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Fisher Auto Inc. – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: 50 Oil Changes

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Autism Society of Boulder County - Gift basket for Imagine!’s Resource Fair
The Golden Hotel  – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: One night’s lodging and breakfast in the Bridgewater Grill 
Jan Rasmussen – King Soopers Gift Cards for Gift Giving Drive

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

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

Cash Donations

Platinum ($10,000+)

Gold ($5,000-$9,999)
David & Laura Braddock – Gold Sponsor of the Imagine! Celebration
In Honor of Mark Emery
  From David & Laura Braddock

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Anonymous (1)
Robert Bauers
Chris & Pat Current
Donelson Ciano & Grant, P.C. – Table at the Imagine! Celebration
Jon & Karen Jones
Susan LaHoda
Pete & Gayla Lindquist
In Honor of Kyle Luxner
  From Bob & Joan Luxner
  From Mary Martella
  From Brenda Summers
Rajul & Amy Pandya

Associate ($500-$999)
Anonymous (1)
In Memory of Johanna “Jodi” Arnold
  From Edward & Jacqueline Arnold
  From Ruth Arnold
Black Roofing
Import Coachworks, Ltd
David & Suzanne Hoover
In Honor of Susan McNutt
  From Peter & Alex McNutt
David & Patti Micklin
In Honor of Kendra Minden
  From Anonymous
Jerry & Julia Rudy
Susan White

Supporter ($250-$499)
In Memory of Linioel Aleskin
  From Jon & Jan Rasmussen
Fletcher & Janie Brown
Joel & Carolyn Buck-Gengler
Carlos & Rebecca Descalzo
Mary Emery
John Lewis
Ellen Marshall
Kevin & Jennifer Music
Rick & Kathy New
Robert Pelz, Jr.

Friend ($1-$249)
Richard & Alma Alber
Anonymous (6)
Ann Arnette
Ken & Pat Baker
Jay & Mary Balzer
In Honor of Cam the Man Beyer
  From Claire Findlay
Paul & Kay Bierbaum
Carl & Merna Brady
Kristin Brousseau
Buck & Nancy Buchanan
John Clarke
Tom Cobb & Mary Blue
Kathy Coniway
Jennifer Cope
Christina Craigo
Bert & Mardelle Crist
Alan & Tessa Davis
Joan Davis
Sue Deans
In Honor of Scott & Elisha Doyen
  From William & Carolyn Doying
Mark & Denise Duffy
Lehn & Johannah Franke
Golden Nuggets Kiwanis
David & Rachel Gehr
Robert & Carolyn Grant-Krenz
Allison Gray
Trent & Jennifer Gustafson
In Honor of Julie Hamilton
  From Carla Rapp
Greg Harris
David & Melinda Harrison
In Memory of David LaHoda
  From Lisa Fiero
Aileen Lammers
Gary & Lou McClelland
In Memory of Sarah McInroy
  From Anonymous  
  From Lisa Fiero
Nate & Alison Meadows
Albert & Alison Moraska
David & Merry Mungo
Tom Norton
Rebecca Novinger
In Honor of Katie O’Connor
  From Catherine Manka
Garry Sanfacon
Judy Shilling
In Honor of Alex Shuler
  From Mary Stauss
Caroline Siegfried
Louise Smart
In Memory of Carol Spencer
  From Bob Spencer
Donald & Shirley Stanosheck
Lea Vanden Boogaard
In Honor of Emmett Vertuca
  From Anonymous
In Honor of Colene Van Winkle
  From Douglas & Julia Beall
Remsen & Marilyn Voorhis
Jack & Sophie Walker
Brian & Tracy Waisman
Marion & Carolyn Weygandt
Mark & Katie Wilcox
Sterling Wind
Bill & Renate Wood

In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Agave Pesos – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $50 Gift Certificate
Art Cleaners – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Four $25 Gift Certificates
Arugula – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $50 Gift Certificate
Buddha CafĂ© – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $50 Gift Certificate
Community Holistic Health Center – 12 certificates for monthly Customer Service Awards
Denver Broncos – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Signed photo of tight end Jacob Tamme
Murphy’s North – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $50 Gift Certificate
Options in Design – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Knit/beaded headband and matching gloves, specialty cashmere pashima wrap/scarf, shell, pearl, and crystal necklace and earring set
Tangerine – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $50 Gift Certificate

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Imagine! Celebration Kicks Off Imagine!'s 50th Year

The 12th annual Imagine! Celebration on Friday, January 25, 2013 will have a special focus this year, as it launches a year-long salute to Imagine!’s 50th year. In 1963, when Beatlemania was in full swing, popular films were “Lawrence of Arabia” and “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and the average cost of a gallon of gas was 29 cents, a group of parents came together to design an alternative to the standard practice of sending children with developmental disabilities away to grow up in institutions. And on August 6, 1963, Imagine! (known by several different names in the interim) became the first organization in the state dedicated to such a purpose.

To honor this momentous milestone, the Imagine! Celebration has set its goal at $250,000 -- $50,000 for each of Imagine!’s five decades. Participants in Heads and Tails will pay $50 for the opportunity to win a $500 gift certificate from a special local restaurant, and the goal of the Special Appeal will be $50,000.

A great line up of live auction items will lead the way to achieving the overall goal. New this year is a delicious catered farm table dinner for up to 12 people in September 2013, hosted by Imagine! Foundation president Sandy Bracken and his wife Sally at their lovely home. Guests will enjoy a delectable outdoor dining experience while gazing across open fields to a breathtaking view of the sun setting behind the Continental Divide. This year’s auction will also feature the reappearance of some truly wonderful favorites! Picture a week in a private home in beautiful Ouray, the “Switzerland of America,” compliments of Jay and Kathy Montgomery, or a family reunion at the exquisite Durango mountain home of Don Sullivan and Paige Lawrence. If you wish to travel a bit farther afield, George Karakehian, who will emcee the Celebration, and his wife Kristin will once again donate a week at their lovely Cape Cod home. A highlight of the live auction will again be a week at the gorgeous Greek island villa of the Palmos Family, and we are delighted to be able to include the return of Anahid Katchian’s exotic Mediterranean Feast. Be sure to check out all of our live auction items beginning on January 9 by clicking here.                         

This year’s event will again be held at the Best Western Plus Plaza Conference Center in Longmont. More information about sponsors, auction items, and all of the festivities is available on the Imagine! website.  Purchase tickets and tables online by clicking here.

Reserve now, and we’ll look forward to seeing you on January 25th!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

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

Cash Donations

Gold ($5,000-$9,999)
Flood and Peterson Insurance, Inc. – Gold Sponsor of the Imagine! Celebration

Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
Plexus Corporation Charitable Foundation – Silver Sponsor of the Imagine! Celebration

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Bernie & Leona Stoecker – Table at the Imagine! Celebration

Associate ($500-$999)
Ella Washington Agency 

Supporter ($250-$499)
National Research Center, Inc.
Sanderson Law, P.C.

Friend ($1-$249)
Kent Arnold & Gillian Walters
John & Peggy Bender
Michael Bonino -- For Holiday Gifts for Imagine! families who are in need - from the Tebo Party
In Honor of Philip DiStefano
  From Rose Community Foundation
David Edwards
Dan & Judy Forkner
Tom & Beth Huffman
Patricia Lowe
In Memory of Sarah McInroy
  From Jackie Gurley
  From Walt & Linda Pounds
Gerry & Gloria Phillips
In Honor of Bill Sabin  
  From Jerry Sabin
John & Barbara Taylor
William & Rosalie Vorlage
Jack & Sophie Walker – For Holiday Gifts for Imagine! families in need-from the Tebo Party
David Wilson

In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Associate ($500-$999)
Sage & Savory Catering  – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Hors D’oeuvre Party

In-Kind Supporter ($250-$499)
Joyce Frailey – Pediatric Walker
David & Roberta Levin – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: A hot air balloon ride with champagne and pastries for two people
Denver Nuggets/Kroenke Sports – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: 4 tickets to Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans Hornets 2/1/2013
Longmont Kiwanis Club53 wooden toys – some to be used for Imagine! Celebration Auction items; some for the Gift Giving Drive

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Alba Restaurant and Wine Bar – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $25 Gift Certificate
Blue Mountain Arts – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Six vouchers for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Buffalo Lock and Key – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Electronic Safe
Clutter – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $25 Gift Certificate & 10% off coupon
Denver Boulder Couriers – One courier trip
Downtown Aquarium – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Four free admissions
Fantasy Orchids – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $25 Gift Certificate
Bobby Hills, CMT – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: One sports massage
Indulge Bakery – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $50 Gift Certificate
City of Louisville Recreation & Senior Services Center – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: 20 Visit Pass
McGuckin Hardware – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $50 Gift Card
Peak Entertainment/FirstBank Center – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Four Suite tickets and VIP Parking at a Denver Roller Dolls bout
Janine Randol – children’s books and toys for Dayspring
Christy Russell – Imagine! Auction Item: Haircut (at Fringe, Louisville)
Caroline Siegfried – Holiday Gifts for Imagine! families in need
Si Senor – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $50 Gift Certificate
Thomas Zyvoloski, DDS – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Sonicare Diamond Clean Toothbrush and Tooth & Gum Tonic

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gift Giving Goodness

This past Monday saw the completion of the first stage of Imagine!’s Gift Giving Drive - gathering donations.

Now, Imagine! staff members and volunteers are sorting and organizing the many, many gifts that were donated by generous community members, and preparing to distribute the gifts to families served by Imagine! who are in need. We’ll give you the complete details once the gifts are sorted and delivered, but in the meantime, we’d like to highlight a few donations in particular.

Check out these awesome handmade wooden toys. The Kiwanis Club of Longmont donated 53 of these to the Holiday Gift Giving Drive. Great stuff! Thanks, Kiwanis!

The photo below represents only a few of the 245 gifts Imagine! received Friday, November 30, from Stephen Tebo's annual holiday party for our Holiday Gift Giving Drive. Guests were encouraged to bring a gift to the party, and this year Imagine! and the Boulder YWCA were benefactors of the generosity of Stephen and his guests. Thanks to everyone who donated at the party and made the holidays brighter for the people we serve.

FirstBank employees donated 37 gifts for adults and children last week. This was the first time they have participated in our Gift Giving Drive, and we are extremely grateful for their generosity.

A longtime participant in our Gift Giving Drive, Nativity of Our Lord Church in Broomfield, made a very large donation with gifts for more than 125 children. Toys and clothes were wrapped and bagged for 100 children that the church members ”adopted,” and additional toys and clothes for 25 other children were donated as well. It took three trips with SUVs to collect all of the donations, and it was the largest donation we have received this season! We are estimating that over 300 toys and clothes were donated by church members. Wow! Thanks so much!

We are sincerely grateful to everyone who donated gifts this year. You have truly made the season jolly!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Colorado Gives To Imagine!

The third annual Colorado Gives Day on December 4, 2012 was a big success for the Imagine! Foundation. A total of $45,292 was raised, which was more than three times the amount raised last year. Of the 74 individuals, businesses, and service clubs making donations, 19 were donating to Imagine! for the first time. The total also includes $867 from the FirstBank Incentive Fund. A big boost to this year’s amount was an anonymous $25,000 grant for the new Broomfield Group Home.

This day to encourage philanthropy in Colorado was again coordinated through the GivingFirst Program at the Community First Foundation. More than 68,000 donations across Colorado were made, bringing in more than $15 million for 1,258 non-profits. This was a 20% increase over last year. Donations ranged from $10 to $200,000 with one donor contributing more than $44,000 to 96 different charities!

The Imagine! Foundation has elected to have all online donors go straight to the Community First site from the “Donate Here” buttons on Imagine!’s website. Donating through Community First eliminates all processing charges, which can otherwise be up to 5% of every online contribution. Community First also allows donors to set up monthly draws from bank accounts, individual web-pages for raising funds for Imagine!, and other options to increase support. Click here to find more information and to see the Imagine! page there or simply go to Imagine!'s website and press the “Donate Here” button on the home page.

Thanks to everyone who supported Imagine! and the many other worthy community organizations on Tuesday. Special thanks to the Colorado Community First Foundation and for leading the way on this fantastic day of giving!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thank You Thursday!

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

Cash Donations

Gold ($5,000-$9,999)
Betty Eldridge – Gold Sponsor of the Imagine! Celebration

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Ehrhardt Keefe Steiner & Hottman P.C. – Table at Imagine! Celebration
FirstBank – Table at Imagine! Celebration
Henry & Joyce Kugeler

Associate ($500-$999)
In Memory of Hope Birtcil for the 19th Street Group Home
  From Palma Harbin

Supporter ($250-$499)
In Memory of Sarah McInroy
  From Clark & Lynnette McInroy
  From Tim Weaver
  From W.M. and Cynthia Woods

Friend ($1-$249)
In Memory of Jodi Arnold
  From Walter, Eileen & Julia Kintsch
  From Andrea Mann
  From Alma Peacock
In Honor of Kyla Bursiek
  From Paul & Mary Ann Bursiek
In Honor of Ryland Demianew
  From Elizabeth Demianew
Carl & Rosemary Kilhoffer
Walter Kingsbery
Bob & Allene Richardson
Robert Risch
Marjorie Rogers
Marcia Sadler
Chuck & Carol Semple

In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
The Boulder Group of Robert W. Baird & Co.228 holiday gifts for Imagine! families in need

In-Kind Associate ($500-$999)
Palma Harbin – Personal items from consumer Hope Birtcil for 19th Street Group Home

In-Kind Supporter ($250-$499)
Julie Hartman – All supplies for staff member going away party (typically a department expense)

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Ballet Nouveau Colorado – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Two tickets for “Perpetual Beauty”
Laurie Chrisman – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Two one-hour private tennis lessons
Jeanna Dietz – Toys and books for Dayspring
Robert & Susan Gabriel -- Holiday gifts for Imagine! families in need
Harold’s Restaurant and Lounge – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: $100 Gift Certificate
Longmont Theatre Company – Imagine! Celebration Auction Item: Two show vouchers
John Nevins – Holiday gifts for Imagine! families in need
Sharon O’Leary – Airline ticket for staff to 2012 US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women Grant Conference
Robert & Heidi Osborne – Crib, baby items for Dayspring

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Today Is Colorado Gives Day!

Today is Colorado Gives Day, and Imagine! is participating.

Donations made online through our website today at any of the “Donate Here” buttons will be eligible for partial matching funds. (The “Donate Here” button takes you directly to the Community First Foundation site and saves all bank fees for credit card donations.) 

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 today! You may 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.

Give where you live!