Spinning their wheels

Every summer, we spice up our programs with some fun, healthy competition. This summer more than 120 kids incorporated engineering and arts skills to participate in our annual Pinewood Derby race. In the days leading up to the event, Club members spent weeks in the Cultural Arts room preparing their derby cars. Wooden cars were carefully sculpted into many different shapes and sizes, crafting some to be built for speed and others for style. Using paint, clay, sparkles, and more, each kid also got to put their individualized final touch on their car.

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Leading at Gates Camp

Every summer, over 500 Boys & Girls Club members get the chance to venture into the mountains to spend a week up at Gates Camp. During this time, campers from the ages of eight to thirteen spend a week away from home getting the chance to meet new friends and explore nature while trying their hand at rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, archery, and much more.

For many campers, this week offers a time for immense personal growth overcoming fears while experiencing a lifestyle that varies greatly from that at home. Some grow to love spending their summers at camp so much so that they develop the passion and leadership skills necessary to become a Counselor-In-Training (CIT) at age fourteen.

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Broncos and partner U.S. Bank to unveil refurbished play space at Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club

Denver Broncos and team partner U.S. Bank will unveil a refurbished play space at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club (4397 Crown Blvd., Denver, CO  80239) on Tuesday, July 25, at 10 a.m.

Broncos executives will join U.S. Bank Colorado Market President Hassan Salem for a celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony. In addition, Broncos players, cheerleaders and 40 bank volunteers will host a field day and lunch for the kids.

As part of the company’s Community Possible Month of Play, U.S. Bank is investing $6.6 million in local nonprofits nationwide, including donations to 17 nonprofits in the Denver area. U.S. Bank’s contributions to the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club is $50,000.

“We believe in the power of play to connect and enrich our communities,” Salem said. “We are proud to work with our long-standing partners, Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver and the Denver Broncos, to provide a safe sports court that will create opportunities for Denver area kids to play, grow and make lasting memories. We recently declared July as the U.S. Bank Community Possible Month of Play and there is no better way to reinforce that than by celebrating this new court at the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club.”

About Community Possible

Community Possible is the corporate giving and volunteer program at U.S. Bank, focused on the areas of Work, Home and Play. The company invests in programs that provide stable employment, a safe place to call home and a community connected through arts, culture, recreation and play. Philanthropic support through the U.S. Bank Foundation and corporate giving program reached $54.2 million in 2016. Visit www.usbank.com/community.

About U.S. Bank

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), with $450 billion in assets as of March 31, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth-largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,091 banking offices in 25 states and 4,838 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.

Abut Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver

The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver is to empower every Club member, through safe and impactful experiences, to: graduate high school with a plan for college or career, contribute to their community and live a healthy life. Since 1961, BGCMD has been helping kids, ages 6 to 18, achieve academic success, live healthy lifestyles, and develop good character and citizenship. The organization operates 14 safe neighborhood sites throughout metro Denver, and one residential summer camp. Learn more at www.GreatFuturesDenver.org.

Colorado’s “Ultimate Giving Experience,” Hosted by Cuvée, Aims to Raise $1,700,000 for Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

 

On Friday, September 15th, the 8th Annual Flight to Luxury will once again transform two of Denver’s private jet hangars at Centennial Airport into one of the city’s most prestigious charity events of the year. Produced by Cuvée, this red carpet hangar party will directly benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.

Cuvée, a Denver-based, ultra-luxury travel company, has raised more than $5 million for Boys & Girls Clubs since the event’s inception in 2009. This year, Cuvée’s goal is to raise $1.7 million at the event to support thousands of Denver youth who benefit from Boys & Girls Clubs programs. “We have an amazing opportunity at Cuvée to use our business, network and properties as a philanthropic platform,” said Larry Mueller, Founder and CEO of Cuvée. “There is nothing more that we care about than being able to give back to the community in which we live and love.” Continue reading

Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver hosts event to celebrate $50,000 Cope teen center renovation from Lowe’s

WHAT:  The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver’s William E. Cope Club (808 Inca St.) is hosting “first look” special event where guests can attend the reveal of the facility’s brand-new Teen Center. The Cope Boys & Girls Club has one of our highest teen populations, serving between 40-60 teenagers per day. The newly renovated Teen Center features everything from new lighting, furniture and flooring to technology upgrades including a TV, computer stations, and updated teen-centric décor. For more than 200 Club members, ages 6-18, walking in and out of the Club daily, this transformed Teen Lounge will serve to inspire valuable focus on cultivating meaningful relationship among peers and post high school endeavors. Continue reading

A life-changing summer

In 2014, Bryant’s summer break was cooking up to be a boring one. Growing up in a poverty-stricken community where parents have to work hard to simply make ends meet, there are few structured outlets for kids to turn to amidst the school-less void. Bryant, who remained largely unguided during the summer days, lacked mental stimulation until his parents finally found the Johnson Boys & Girls Club.

During his first summer at the Club, Bryant emerged from his introverted bubble to find confidence in socializing, playing sports, taking on leadership roles, and much more. What began as a quick fix to cure the summer lull quickly turned into a place of year-round comfort. Now, 15-year-old Bryant has been a Club member for three years and attests much of his personal self-growth to the support and inspiration that he has received from staff members.

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Fidelity Investments volunteers show Boys & Girls Club kids how much they care

More than 120 Fidelity Investments volunteers descended on three metro Denver Boys & Girls Clubs on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The Fidelity volunteers, which included friends and family members, completed 15 projects at the Johnson, Cope and Boettcher Clubs. The projects included adding mulch to playgrounds, clearing weeds from much-needed outdoor play areas, building gardening areas, brightening teen centers, building furniture and storage units, deep cleaning and painting.

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