Preparing for our Project Linus Harvestfest has been nothing short of magical. When Courtney Bitner suggested that her employer, Modern Woodmen of America, team up with Project Linus to assist with a fundraiser, I didn’t fathom how things would come together. The organization has provided all of our printed materials and will be matching up to $2500!

Originally we were planning on a 5k walk around Bingham Lake in the Pinery. It is a favorite habitat for beautiful Blue Herons and close to most in Parker. After meeting with Wes Crispin of the Coffee Cabin, plans evolved to a whole new level. Tents, bands, a signed jersey by Champ Bailey and other apparel by fellow Broncos Lonie Paxton and Mitch Unrein, blanket making, book signing, a bbq…. As I write (it’s 4 am!), award winning BBQist Randy Duran is tending to his smoker with the slabs of meat for today’s event.

Abracadabra, people started coming out of the woodwork to help! It’s as if a spell was cast and people couldn’t say no. As Tonya Gray is heading the silent auction efforts, I’m sure there will be more names to add to the list who I will definitely give well deserved credit to. Here’s the start:

 

Adores Amore Wedding Officiants

All in the Details’ Bobbie O.

Apron Divas

Arbonne’s Claudette St. Pierre

Bronco’s Store

Costco

Elements Therapeutic Massage

Four Seasons Hotel Denver

Gannon Grooming K-9 Salon & Market

Heather Mark’s (artist)

Home Depot

Jeanene Childers (realtor)

Margaret & John Hanssler

Mary Kay’s Diana Riley

Nick & Jim’s BBQ

Omega Martial Arts

PACE Center (Parker Arts Culture & Events)

Parker Laser and Anti-Aging Clinic

Party Lite’s Kimberly Hansen & Janice Leger

Pat the Birdman

Red Robin

Roundhouse Spirits

Safeway

Sams Club

Servicestar Development Company

Servino’s

Starbucks

To The Rescue

Town of Parker

TQ Photography

Vines Wine Bar & Tapas

Web Designs Your Way

Wisp Hair Salon

Your Web Chick’s Chrissy Morin

The Weather Gods have answered our prayers as it is supposed to be sunny and 70 degrees.

We have dozens of volunteers scheduled to lend a hand from students to seniors. The band Road Wood will be sharing their music with the crowds. I definitely couldn’t have done this without four very special people – Courtney Bitner, Tonya Gray, Rudy Duran and Wes Crispin.

Time to pretend I’ve been given a sleeping potion and try to get a few more hours of shuteye before the real day begins. If you get the chance, please come by and join us- today, Saturday October 22, from 1-4pm at the Coffee Cabin in Parker, Colorado. Wizard costumes welcome!

Modern Woodmen of America Supports Project Linus Efforts on National Make A Difference Day

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On National Make A Difference Day, members of the Denver Modern Woodmen of America chapter will sponsor a fundraiser Saturday, October 22, 2011, from 1-4 pm to benefit Project Linus at 8126 S. Parker Road in Parker. This is the northeast corner of Parker & Stroh Roads.
Plans for the fundraiser include: award winning barbecue, silent auction, blanket making, book signing by Karen Loucks Rinedollar- Project Linus Founder, Denver Coordinator and Author of Working for Peanuts: The Project Linus Story and more! Denver Broncos players Champ Bailey, Lonie Paxton and Mitch Unrein have shown their support of Project Linus’ efforts by signing Broncos apparel that will be among some of the items available at this event. A donation of $15 per adult and $5 for children of 12 years and younger is suggested for the meal. The money raised will be matched by Modern Woodmen’s home office, up to $2,500, through the fraternal benefit society’s Matching Fund Program and will be used for supplies to make Project Linus blankets for children in need of comforting.
Project Linus was founded in the Denver metro area to provide handmade security blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children. In its 15 years of existence, Project Linus has grown from a grassroots effort to having 370 chapters around the country and delivering over 3.9 million blankets worldwide.
For more information about how you can contribute to this fundraising event, contact Courtney Bitner at 303-725-2322.
As a tax-exempt benefit society, Modern Woodmen sells life insurance, annuity and investment products not to benefit stockholders but to improve the quality of life of its stakeholders- members, their families and their communities. This is accomplished through social, charitable and volunteer activities. Annually, Modern Woodmen and its members provide more than $23 million and nearly 1 million volunteer hours for community projects nationwide.