Colorado Garden Foundation Donates $25,000 To Arapahoe High School Clarity Commons Tribute Project

Foundation urges community involvement to help Claire Davis’ family complete the ‘commons’ in celebration of her life and upcoming 18th birthday

DENVER (Aug. 5, 2014) – Colorado Garden Foundation (CGF), a nonprofit that funds horticultural-specific projects and scholarships throughout Colorado, has donated $25,000 toward the remaining funds needed to finish Clarity Commons, a tribute to Claire Davis who was killed following the December 2013 shooting at Arapahoe High School. Saturday, Aug. 16, marks what would have been Claire’s 18th birthday and the Davis family has fast-tracked the project in order to host a celebration and grand opening with the community in her honor.

CGF joins Clarity Commons partners Arapahoe High School, Littleton Public Schools, Littleton Adventist Hospital and Rocky Mountain Adventist Healthcare Foundation in asking the community to continue to support the Davis family vision as they work to complete the tribute space on the Arapahoe High School campus next week.

“Every member of the Colorado Garden Foundation board felt a strong, personal commitment to help the Davis family, community partners and Arapahoe High School turn Clarity Commons into a reality in time for Claire’s birthday,” said Jim Fricke, executive director of the Colorado Garden Foundation. “We are honored to be part of a project designed to celebrate Claire Davis’ legacy and create a space for Arapahoe High School students to reflect and embrace the power of forgiveness and community support for years to come.”

The one-acre Clarity Commons space will feature noise-reducing fencing and landscaping, mature trees, benches and picnic tables to create a serene and inspirational gathering place for Arapahoe High School students to study, meet in small groups, host outdoor activities and more.

“We hope this generous contribution by the Colorado Garden Foundation will inspire others to join us in making the commons a community effort to help kids and adults choose positive connections with each other, and to remember to practice gentleness and kindness to others,” said Michael Davis, Claire’s father.

To learn more or support Clarity Commons through the donation of a paver, bench or tree with a personal message in honor of the project, please visit www.claritycommons.org.

CGF grants and scholarships are awarded from ticket proceeds generated at the CGF’s two annual shows: Colorado Garden & Home Show and Colorado Fall Home Show. Since the 1970s, Colorado Garden Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million to more than 200 organizations in Colorado. To learn about the grants and scholarship program, please visit ColoradoGardenFoundation.org.

About Colorado Garden Foundation
Colorado Garden Foundation, a nonprofit corporation, 501(c)(3), provides funds for horticultural-related grants and scholarships for the benefit of Colorado. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $6.2 million for horticultural projects and scholarships throughout the state. Colorado Garden Foundation presents the Colorado Fall Home Show focusing on home renovation, remodeling and sustainable living and the Colorado Garden & Home Show, the Rocky Mountain region’s largest, oldest and most prestigious consumer garden and home improvement show west of the Mississippi in February. For more information, visit ColoradoGardenFoundation.org, https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoGardenFoundation or Twitter @cogardenfdn.