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If you know anything about GroundFloor Media, you know how passionate each of the staff members is about the organizations we support, either by volunteering as mentors, serving on boards, or making regular donations of goods or money. Last weekend, a handful of GFM team members got together in support of the Youth Opportunity Foundation’s annual Big Bowl event to benefit Colorado Youth at Risk and Byrne Urban Scholars. While there is little concern about any of us running off to join the Professional Bowlers Association, a good time was had by all and team spirit was running high – particularly with our very own Jim Licko whose bowling team won their fourth straight Spirit Award by dressing up as the members of music group Devo. Nice…

Even in these uncertain economic times, participants and supporters of the Big Bowl event dug deep and raised more than $16,000 (compared to just over $10,000 in 2009) to benefit the deserving youth from Colorado Youth at Risk and Byrne Urban Scholars. Youth Opportunity Foundation founder Tom Kimball drove the importance of the event and giving back home when he reminded all attendees that while we were cheering on bowlers in the grand finale “horse race,” enjoying drinks, food and good times, young people across Denver might not be so lucky – enduring the pressure of gangs, challenging home situations and struggling to help their families make ends meet.

Community giving and involvement is at the cornerstone of GroundFloor Media’s beliefs, and inspired by the events we attend and organizations we serve, the staff recently launched the Get Giving program. Through this new effort, each month we’ll select a new nonprofit organization that’s close to our hearts and collect needed items and donations for the organization in a collection box at the front of our office. Friends, family, colleagues, clients and vendors are welcome to donate items on the designated organization’s wish list – which will be prominently posted with the collection box each month.

In April, a generous basket of items was collected for Platte Forum, an organization for which Amanda Brannum sits on the board. This month, we’re collecting items for SafeHouse Denver, which recently welcomed Ramonna Tooley to its board. If you are interested in joining the GroundFloor Media team to Get Giving in the coming months, please contact us at and we’ll be happy to relay the latest Get Giving beneficiary and provide you with a wish list for that organization. By way of an example, SafeHouse Denver is requesting items as varied as mascara or dishwasher detergent to paper plates and coloring books – all of which would greatly benefit its residents. Thanks, in advance, for joining us in staying motivated to give back to the community that gives us so much!

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