In the spirit of giving, Madison & Company Properties has selected two charities – one local and one global—to donate to this holiday season.
BAGS OF FUN (nominated by Larina McClain)
Their Story: Gabby Krause was an amazing six-year old who died in September 2004 after a courageous 19-month battle with brain cancer.
Gabby had the original Bag of Fun filled with toys and fun activities when she was battling her brain cancer. Her bag helped keep her busy and happy during long hospital visits. To the delight of other patients, she always shared her games and toys.
It was Gabby’s wish that every child at the hospital could have their very own “bag of fun“, so the charity was founded in her name.
The Bags of Fun program is a journey that began when Gabby’s mother needed to help her focus on the joy of being a little girl and playing with My Little Pony dolls instead of needle pokes. This journey has grown into a movement to harness the power of play to instigate happiness when the thought of sickness and dying is at the forefront of families’ hearts and heads.
How you can donate: Bags of Fun prefers monetary donations accepted through their website. They do understand that some people like to purchase gifts, so they’ve provided an approved list of the exact items needed.
HELLO GHANA (nominated by Allison Sliwinski)
Their Story: Hello Ghana believes in giving sustainable opportunity rather than simple charity–this is achieved through their apprenticeship program. Their program pairs a Good Shepherd child between the ages of 13-18 with a local business owner in Ofaakor, Ghana. They currently are partnered with 7 different Ghanaian businesses ranging from welding and carpentry to beauty and hair care. They allow each child to choose which realm of work they would like to study, then actively pair them with the business in question.
During their apprenticeship, students will not only learn responsibility in time and financial management, but also marketable skills which often result in paid jobs.
The average cost to put one child through our apprenticeship program is $2,000 USD. To see how they are budgeting and their financial needs for apprenticeships for 2017/2018, check out their finances here and donate:
How you can donate: Monetary donations are most appreciated on their website.
Thanksgiving is a beautiful time to be grateful for what we do have, but the holidays also often bring to mind those who do not have as much.
Each year, Denver Metro Association of Realtors, Young Professionals Network (DMAR, YPN) holds the Thanks(for)giving Food Drive. Real Estate offices throughout the city are contributing to this great cause, with all donations going to the Food Bank of the Rockies.
We have Thanks(for)giving collection boxes in each of our Madison & Company offices, addresses are listed below. Please contact your real estate agent or drop by the office with donations for the food drive!
We are always thrilled to have an opportunity to give back to the community, and Thanksgiving is the perfect time.
1221 S. Clarkson Street, Suite #400
Denver, CO 80210
Denver Tech Center
5975 S. Quebec Street, Suite #100
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
3209 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211
201 Milwaukee Street
Denver, CO 80206
“Helping children who are, at the moment, fragile as butterflies.”
Children diagnosed with Epidermolysis Bullos (EB) are often referred to as “butterfly children,” because their skin is as delicate and fragile as butterfly wings. The chronic, painful, genetic skin disorder has no known cure and causes intense pain for those with the condition.
William Vinson is a beautiful five-year-old Butterfly Child. Despite his pain, he is a child full of joy and life. A smile is almost always found on his face as he lights up the lives of those around him. Such intrinsic joy is a true gift.
William’s aunt, Larina McClain is at Madison & Company’s Cherry Creek office. Two years ago she began Butterflies for Birdies, a golf tournament sponsored by Madison & Company Properties, benefiting the Butterfly Fund, which helps children with EB and other life-altering diseases.
This event is exactly one month away, and we are unbelievably excited to be part of contributing to research for a cure to this disease. Please join us! Sponsorship can happen on many different levels, and direct donations can be made at www.hopeforwilliam.com by clicking on the Birdies for Butterflies tab and following the links to the event ticket options or at www.thebutterflyfund.org.
The golf tournament will be held at Blackstone Country Club on September 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. when we will finish the evening with dinner, awards, and a silent auction. The day is sure to be full of fun and in the spirit of joyful William.
To join the tournament, please register at www.hopeforwilliam.com.