Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thank You Thursday!

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

Cash Donations

Gold ($5,000-$9,999)
ANCOR Foundation – Grant for $6,000 for Flood Relief
David & Laura Braddock – Gold Sponsorship of the Imagine! Celebration
William & Lynda Johnson

Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
The Ward Family Fund – Flood Relief

Associate ($500-$999)
Michael & Nancy Berman

Supporter ($250-$499)
Warren & Caroline Baker
Property Resources, Inc.
Sharon Svendsen

Friend ($1-$249)
Anonymous – Flood Relief
Robert & Cindy Baxt
Kathy Coyne
In Honor of Carrie Keyes
  From Janice Purdy – Flood Relief
Robert & Kaye Lewis – Flood Relief
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program 
Bette Royce
Bill & Helen Schmalhorst
Dan & Kristen Daugherty Smith – Flood Relief

In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Supporter ($250-$499)
Lake Valley Golf Club – Two “Golf for Two with Cart” Certificates for the Imagine! Celebration Auction
Smoker Friendly – Premium Cigar Basket for the Imagine! Celebration Auction

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Heidi Osborne – Two Push Walkers and Other Toys

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Thank You Foothills Flood Relief Fund

Today we’d like to thank Foothills Flood Relief Fund for a generous grant of $10,000 to help Imagine! recover from last month’s devastating floods.

The Foothills Flood Relief Fund was established for the purpose of assisting with the short and long-term recovery of local communities following the floods across Boulder and Broomfield Counties. The fund is a coordinated effort of a number of organizations and municipalities, including The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County, The Cities of Boulder, Erie, Lafayette, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons and Superior, Boulder County, the City and County of Broomfield, Foothills United Way, and the InterMountain Alliance.

We are very appreciative of this support.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thank You Thursday!

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

Cash Donations

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Doug Fuhr
Tom Tancredo/The Rocky Mountain Fund – Flood Relief

Associate ($500-$999)
Richard & Diana Lirtzman

Supporter ($250-$499)
Judith Bea – Flood Relief
Denver Metro Young Republicans and Colorado Hispanic Republicans Fundraiser – Flood Relief
In Memory of Billy Montgomery
  From Charlene Laughlin
Ronald Sandgrund & Cheryl Barr

Friend ($1-$249)
Vincent & Sheryl Alvarez – Flood Relief
Mary Anderies – Flood Relief
Anonymous (2) – Flood Relief
John & Ann Boettcher
Shannon Fender – Flood Relief
Arthur & Susan Horecki – Flood Relief
Tom & Carol Kent
Kirkland & Company, CPAs, P.C.
Richard & Linda Pankratz – Flood Relief
Carolos Rodriguez – Flood Relief
Dr. Peter M. Schmid
Jeff & Shelley Stiffler
Kurt Thoens – Flood Relief
Joe & Mary Ann Tribbia
Michele Van Pelt

In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Eight Days a Week - $50 Gift Certificate for the Imagine! Celebration

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thank You, ANCOR Foundation

The ANCOR Foundation has provided Imagine! with a grant of $6,000 for flood relief! The ANCOR Foundation is dedicated to expanding the commitment and capacity of providers and communities dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities. Imagine! is a longtime and proud member of ANCOR (The American Network of Community Options and Resources) and we are so pleased that they are helping to support us in our time of need.

Below, Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome resident Gerald offers his personal thanks. His home was severly damaged during the floods.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Bingo Fundraiser Helps Imagine! Flood Recovery

This past Wednesday evening, total of $2,262 was raised at a bingo night hosted by the Denver Metro Young Republicans, the Colorado Hispanic Republicans, and the Rocky Mountain Energy Forum. This fundraiser for Imagine! flood relief was held at Jackson’s Restaurant in Denver. The first $387 was contributed by participants through rounds of bingo, and then a surprise guest, former U. S. Congressman Tom Tancredo (pictured below with Imagine! Foundation Executive Director Susan LaHoda), presented a check for $1,875. A big thank you to all who participated and donated!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Last Day For Our Flood Support Campaign!

Today is the last day our flood relief crowdfunding campaign, which ends at midnight. We are currently at $17,777 or 89% of our goal of $20,000. Thanks to those of you who have contributed personally and those who have passed along the link to the site. We’d love to reach our goal, so we’d very much appreciate it if you would continue to spread the word!! Every little bit helps! Thank you!

Watch the short video below, and then please click here to donate.

Please share with anyone you think would be interested.

Can’t see the video? Click here.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thank You Thursday!

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

Cash Donations

Platinum ($10,000+)
St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund/Longmont Community Foundation – Grant for $10,000 for Flood Relief at Garden Place Home in Longmont

Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
Boulder Community Hospital – Silver Sponsorship of the Imagine! Celebration 

Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF) – Grant for $2,000 for upgrades to the 19th Street Group Home through the Boulder Area Realtors Association

Associate ($500-$999)
Sandy & Sally Bracken – Flood Relief
David & Darlene Foy – Flood Relief

Supporter ($250-$499)
Jack & Cirrelda Mills
The Schild Family Charitable Gift Fund on behalf of The Boulder Group at Robert W. Baird & Co. – for Holiday Gifts

Friend ($1-$249)
Ken & Jan Alford Benson, Kerrane, Storz & Nelson, P.C. – Flood Relief
Jane Brennan
In Honor of All the staff at Imagine! who do so much!
  From Rachel Gehr – Flood Relief
Tom & Becky Herman
John & Dot Hudson
Mark & Jannelle Johndon
Jeff & Julie Kerrane – Flood Relief
In Honor of Kent Krudwig
  From Benjamin & Ariana Krudwig – Flood Relief
Jerry Lewis – Flood Relief
Eldon & Pat Lindeman – Flood Relief
John & Glennys McPhilimy
Dick & Donna Meckley
Michael Riedeman
Mark & Marcia Sadler – Flood Relief
AnnMarie Spain – Flood Relief
Lee & Bev Springer
Jane Stockebrand
In Honor of Leona Stoecker, Emeritus, for all her hard work and dedication to Imagine!
  From Joan Campbell
Jim & Terry Vratny
Donna Wolford

In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Supporter ($250-$499)
Liz Relin – Two Therapy Swings

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Liquor Mart – Beverages for the Summer Board Get Together
Wallaroo Hat Company – Five hats for the Imagine! Celebration Auction

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Thank You, Olive Garden

Big thanks to the Olive Garden restaurant in Boulder. They contacted us last week to provide a lunch or dinner to some Imagine! folks who have suffered during the flood. Last Thursday they treated Cari Pounds (on the left in photo), who is served by Imagine!, and Direct Care Professional Kristin Conboy (on the right) to a lovely dinner. Kristin and Cari live in Imagine!’s Tenino home, which was damaged by the floods. In addition to the flood damage, Tenino is having its kitchen remodeled (bad timing for sure) so the Olive Garden also donated 12 complete microwavable meals for the next six days! Thanks so much!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Thank You, CARHOF

Today we’d like to thank the Colorado Association of Realtors Housing Opportunity Foundation (CARHOF) for their grant of $2,000 to Imagine!. The funds will be used for upgrades to our 19th Street Group Home.

Pictured below are Imagine! Foundation Executive Director Susan LaHoda (l) and Leanne Goff of Staufer Team Real Estate, who presented the check on behalf of CARHOF.

We are so appreciative of CARHOF’s support of some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thank You Thursday!

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

Cash Donations

Silver ($2,500-$4,999)
Plexus  – Silver Sponsorship of the Imagine! Celebration

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Buffalo Supply Helping Hands – Flood Relief 
Pete & Gayla Lindquist
Living Resources Staff

Associate ($500-$999)
Ed & Connie Lehman
One Lafayette (City of Lafayette) – Grant for $500 for emergency services for a Lafayette Family

Supporter ($250-$499)
Dale Charles – From donation of vehicle through Vehicles for Charity

Friend ($1-$249)
Albertsons Community Partners Program
Anonymous (1) – Flood Relief
Helen Bosley
Jennie Feiger – Flood Relief
Vic & Gretchen Fruehauf
Ron & Carolyn Hughes – Flood Relief 
Kathy Kaler – Flood Relief
Walt Logue & Anahid Katchian
Dagobert & Ingrid Masur – Flood Relief
Frances McCarty
MGM & United Artists Services Company – Residuals from Billy Montgomery’s performance in “Rain Man”
David & Patti Micklin – Flood Relief
Ed & Beth Reichstein
Michael & Jeanne Schmid
Marie Sonnen – Flood Relief
Heidi Storz – Flood Relief
Andrea Taichnar – Flood Relief
Bonnie Terry – Flood Relief
Wallaroo Hat Company, LLC 
Thelma Whitaker
Daniel Yechout & the Namaste Solar Team – Flood Relief

In-Kind Donations

In-Kind Associate ($500-$999)
Inspiration Field – New and gently used clothing, shoes, winter items, toiletries, towels, bedding, comforters, goodie bags with first aid items, and $300 in Visa gift cards – Flood Relief

In-Kind Supporter ($250-$499)
Janine Randol – Donation of condo for three nights’ use by Dayspring staff

In-Kind Friend ($1-$249)
Sweet Cow Ice Cream – Ice cream for Imagine! employees in celebration of Imagine!’s 50th anniversary

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Thank You, Living Resources

Last week, Fred Erlich, CEO of Albany, New York-based Living Resources presented Imagine! CEO Mark Emery with checks totaling $1,200 to help Imagine! rebuild homes damaged by the recent flooding. The checks were collected from Living Resources staff members, and Fred was out in Colorado to attend a Technology Best Practices Provider meeting hosted by Imagine!, as well as the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities’ Annual National Conference. We offer our sincere gratitude to our New York friends and partners in using technology to improve the lives of individuals with a variety of disabilities.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Thank You St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund

Today we’d like to offer a hearty “thank you” to the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund for providing Imagine! with a $10,000 grant to help Imagine! cover some of the extraordinary costs incurred during the flooding in our area last month.

The St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund was established by the Longmont Community Foundation to provide financial resources to charitable organizations that are involved in the relief and rebuilding efforts in the St. Vrain Valley related to the September 2013 flood.

Imagine! will use the grant to help pay for flooring, drywall, and paint for our Garden Place home. Thank you for helping us to recover!

We still have a lot of costs as we rebuild! Are you interested in helping support Imagine! as we recover from the floods? Click here to learn how!

Friday, October 4, 2013

Declaration of the Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access

On Wednesday, several members of Imagine!'s Executive team participated in the Thirteenth Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology. The highlight of this event was the official unveiling of a Declaration on the Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access. The declaration is a statement of principles: the rights of ALL people to inclusion and choice in relation to technology and information access. You can see the declaration below (click on the image to enlarge it), or you can view the declaration and read more about its formation by clicking here.

David Braddock, professor of psychiatry and executive director of the Coleman Institute on Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado, said, “The formal declaration is being presented at a time when the pace of the digital age is accelerating rapidly. Access to technology and information access is essential for community and social participation, employment, education, health, and general communication. Advocates for people with cognitive disabilities may use this declaration to stimulate greater attention nationally and worldwide to the possibilities now at hand for people with cognitive disabilities through technology while promoting their rights as citizens to access to it.”

This is a momentous time in the history of serving individuals with one or more cognitive disabilities. Technology is creating opportunities for community participation and enhanced quality of life in ways unthinkable just a few short years ago. But if the folks we serve can’t access this technology, those opportunities won’t add up to much. That is why this declaration is so important.

So today, we ask all of our Foundation friends to endorse this declaration. Let the world know that the community of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the organizations and caregivers who serve them are united in the belief that all individuals have a right to access comprehensible information and usable communication technologies to promote self-determination and engage meaningfully in major aspects of life.

Go here to endorse The Declaration.

Go here to read a Linguistically Accessible Version of The Declaration, as provided by The Arc.

Go here to read Frequently Asked Questions about The Declaration.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thank You Thursday!

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

Cash Donations

Bronze ($1,000-$2,499)
Imagine! Employees – For the 1st Quarter of FY2014, a total of $1,494 was donated to Imagine! from employee payroll deductions 

Associate ($500-$999)
In Honor of Joan Clexton
  From Miller & Steiert, PCFlood Relief 
David Edwards – Flood Relief

Supporter ($250-$499)
Trent & Jennifer Gustafson – Flood Relief

Friend ($1-$249)
Anonymous (7) – Flood Relief
The Callahans – Flood Relief
Jerry & Carol Chesser – Flood Relief
Gary & Teresa Creech – Flood Relief
Mark & Judy Emery – Flood Relief
The Graylin Family – Flood Relief
Mary Hofheimer – Flood Relief
Anh-Hong Huynh – Flood Relief
Elizabeth Ostendorp – Flood Relief
Kathy Near – Flood Relief
Kurk Near – Flood Relief
Mark Perun – Flood Relief
Peter & Jamie Solveson – Flood Relief
Gary Stebick – Flood Relief
Laura Thompson – Flood Relief
Gordon & Kathleen Walters – Flood Relief
Ryan & Jodi Walters – Flood Relief
Dawn Wehking – Flood Relief
Mark, Katie, & Natalie Wilcox – Flood Relief
Wendy Willis – Flood Relief

As always, we thank all of our generous donors.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Thank You, Denver Metro Young Republicans!

Today, we’d like to offer our sincere thanks to Denver Metro Young Republicans, who are hosting a benefit for Imagine! flood relief October 16th at 6:00 PM, at Jackson’s in Denver.

Check out the flyer below for more details (click on the image to make it bigger).

Thank you Denver Metro Young Republicans – this is a fantastic idea and we are thrilled to have your support for our flood relief efforts!