BENEFITING: Denver Children's Home dba Denver Childrens Home
EVENT DATE: Dec 17, 2016
Denver Children’s Home restores hope and health to traumatized children and families through a comprehensive array of therapeutic, educational, and community-based services. They provide comprehensive therapeutic and educational continuum of care for abused, neglected and traumatized children and their families with mental health issues. They offer prevention, intervention, and treatment programs grounded in trauma-informed care and the latest in brain-development research. As a child I spent two years at Denver Children's Home. I came from an abusive family and had been on the street for about a year when I finally landed there. Denver Children's Home gave me the support and care that I needed to help me recover from the violent and abusive environment in which I had been raised. Many years later, with no investment capital at all, I started a business called Feat on the Street, Inc. that develops and executes run/walk events for nonprofits that cannot afford to do it on their own. The very first event we ever developed and executed was a 5K/10K run/walk to raise funds for Denver Children's Home. The event is called Christmas Carol Classic 5K/10K & the Tiny Tim Fun Run (www.christmascarolclassic.com). The theme of the event is drawn from the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, and from my own experience as a child; loneliness around the holidays can be devastating, and any bit of help to support this organization helps to relieve the sadness and depression that come with a child being alone during the holidays. The focus of the event is to generate awareness about Denver Children's Home and their worthy cause and work and to provide event participants an opportunity to make donations in the registration process. Registrants are also encouraged to bring a gift on the day of the event and to place it under the 'Giving Tree'. Event registration fees pay for the event execution, while all donations go directly to Denver Children's Home. The event draws between 1200-2000 participants, who are encouraged through the marketing and website to make a donation to Denver Children's Home when they register for the event. These donations go directly to Denver Children's Home and typically generate between $1,000-$2,500. The event overhead is advanced by Feat on the Street and is right around $30,000.00. This includes, but is not limited to, permits, insurance, website development and maintenance, promotion, t-shirts, medals, labor, event materials and equipment, entertainment and all other event-related fees. If the revenue generated from event registration does not cover the event costs, Feat on the Street absorbs the losses. All donations from participants are remitted 100% to Denver Children's Home. So, in the 5 years of the event, Denver Children's Home has never had to pay any of the event costs. Our goal with this fundraising campaign is to cover the costs of event execution so that we can give the registration revenue to Denver Children's Home. Imagine being able to say that we came together as a community to cover the costs of the event and thus were able to donate all registration revenue to Denver Children's Home!