Brian Vogt, CEO of Denver Botanic Gardens, emceed The Tank with a panel of “sharks” who questioned presenting nonprofits’ representatives—Justin Vaughn, Kimberly Alexander, Colbert Callen and Jeremy Friedman.
South Metro Denver Chamber’s Nonprofit and Business Partnership presented its second annual, The Tank, on March 23 at Denver Botanic Gardens. The Tank provided local nonprofits the opportunity to compete for funding awarded by community business leaders and investors.
The results are in: $20,485 was raised, including $3,685 in donations from audience members.
Robert Golden, the chamber’s CEO, said, “The South Metro Denver Chamber is honored to partner with the Denver Botanic Gardens for our annual The Tank event. Raising over $20,000 for six nonprofits in our business community is truly an honor and most gratifying.”
Those who attended were pitched by nonprofits who would ask the audience to support a program for their organization. Set in the stunning Mitchell Hall, The Tank was emceed by Brian Vogt, CEO of Denver Botanic Gardens. The event was an entertaining way to highlight the tremendous work these organizations are doing for our community.
Elycia Cook, director of Friends First, and Mike Wright, talk with supporters. Photos courtesy of South Metro Denver Chamber
The “ask” of each nonprofit varied. From granting a student at Arapahoe Community College, sponsoring a group on a trip to the Audubon Society of Greater Denver or sending an at-risk youth to Skatuary’s skate camp.
Anne Hellstrom of Crisis Center asked for Shark support to raise funds for marketing tools and techniques that educate high school students about dating violence and prevention. Warrior Bonfire Program requested support of its ongoing efforts to send Purple Heart Recipients on bonding trips.
The Tank presentations concluded with a heartfelt pitch from Dirt Coffee, which is working to open a coffee shop that will employ people with autism.
An additional engagement opportunity was available with the following nonprofit organizations: Developmental Pathways Early Childhood Development, LifeSpark Cancer Resources, Project CURE, Friends First, American Cancer Society and Integrated Family Community Services.
The panel of ‘sharks’ presents the donations to nonprofits. Photos courtesy of South Metro Denver Chamber
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