Gomez Howard Group is fortunate to work with amazing clients who support their communities in so many valuable ways. Part of our mission is to share their good works. Below are a few of our favorite media stories from 2020. Be sure to click on the photo to see the full story!
COLORADO OVARIAN CANCER ALLIANCE
JODI'S RACE FOR AWARENESS
WEAR TEAL DAY
PEDAL WITH POLUMBUS TO BEAT OVARIAN CANCER
This inspirational run/walk typically draws 3,000+ people to City Park each June to increase awareness of ovarian cancer, celebrate survivors, honor loved ones and raise funds. In 2020, the nonprofit received amazing support for its Virtual Dash, and exceeded its fundraising goals.
Each September, COCA celebrates Wear Teal Day by delivering teal goodies and ovarian cancer information sheets to members of the media in Denver and Grand Junction. Media are encouraged to wear teal on air, share information about ovarian cancer and interview survivors and experts.
Former Denver Bronco and co-host of The Drive on 104.3 FM Tyler Polumbus, who lost his mom to ovarian cancer, worked with the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance to create an awareness event/fundraiser. Tyler rode his bicycle 100 miles around Empower Field at Mile High and raised $42,000 to support the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance.
DENVER PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
The Denver Preschool Program (DPP) is a sales tax-funded initiative that offers preschool tuition assistance to all city 4-year-olds attending one of DPP’s more than 250 participating preschools. In November 2020, DPP launched a scholarship program in addition to its tuition credit supports to cover up to 100% of tuition costs for families at or below 300% of the poverty level. Despite rising Covid cases and school closures, the DPP Scholarship provided additional financial support to 124 student recipients by the end of the year, saving families nearly $160,000.
HOME BUILDERS FOUNDATION
Home Builders Foundation originally began the Inspiration House fundraiser during which a Denver home builder and its trade base collaborate to raise funds through the sale of a newly constructed home in 2003, but discontinued it in 2007 due to the economic downturn. In 2019, Thrive Home Builders offered to be the sponsoring home builder for an Inspiration House project in Stapleton’s North End Rows. 15 trade partners joined the project, resulting in a donation of more than $100,000 to HBF.
Each year, Home Builders Foundation puts together teams of volunteers led by experienced project managers to build multiple home ramps during a 3-day “blitz,” all free of charge to clients. Nearly 200 ramps have been installed since the first Blitz Build in 2011.
LARRY H. MILLER
PACK A BACKPACK
FIVE DAYS OF GIVING
Larry H. Miller Dealerships first became involved in ensuring that Colorado students have the school supplies they need to start school in 2015 when they learned that more than 60,000 students in Denver qualified for the free and reduced lunch program and often lack the resources to purchase supplies. Since then, a school supply initiative has become an annual campaign for the dealerships across the state. In 2020, Larry H. Miller teamed up with Denver7’s Pack A Backpack program, which provided backpacks and school supplies to hundreds of students across Colorado.
For the past three years, the 12 Larry H. Miller automotive dealerships across the state have come together during the holiday season to provide monetary gifts to support the work of local nonprofits. The 5 Days of Giving campaign is an annual initiative that takes place in mid-December. On each day of the week, representatives from Larry H. Miller visit a different nonprofit and surprise them with a $10,000 check. During 2020, Larry H. Miller partnered with Denver7 to produce news stories that generated additional exposure for the nonprofits and the work that they do to enrich the lives of others.
KIDS FOR WISH KIDS
HOPE IS ESSENTIAL
Make-A-Wish Colorado works with more than 125 schools across the state on a student-led fundraising program that allows students to gain exposure to philanthropy and learn valuable leadership skills while raising funds to grant more wishes for Colorado children with critical illnesses. Despite school closures due to the pandemic, the program raised $1,100,000 in 2020 – enough to grant wishes to more than 145 children battling critical illnesses!
Make-A-Wish celebrated its 40th anniversary on April 29th. As one of the oldest chapters, Make-A-Wish Colorado has granted wishes to more than 5,785 children with critical illnesses across the state.
Traditionally, Make-A-Wish Colorado hosts an annual gala, which includes both a silent and live auction as well as dinner and entertainment. Due to COVID-19, the nonprofit instead held an online auction in 2020. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the committee and a few matching gifts, the auction achieved fundraising goals.
WALK FOR WISHES
The fourth annual Walk For Wishes was held virtually with team captains across the state rallying their teams to fundraise and participate in small group events. More than 450 individuals registered for the Walk, with 55 teams participating across the state. Together, they exceeded the fundraising goal by 42% and raised more money than the previous year’s in-person event!
Every day, wish grantors at Make-A-Wish Colorado are hard at work making sure each child can receive his or her one true wish. The wish reveal is a special celebration that occurs when a child’s wish is granted.
RUN & SHOOT FILMWORKS
MARTHA'S VINYARDS AFRICAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
THE COLOR OF CONVERSATION FILM FESTIVAL
For the past 18 years, the African American Film Festival on Martha’s Vineyard has brought the best in Black original content and programming to visitors and locals who crave rich stories steeped in Black culture. In 2020, the film festival worked with Facebook to stream the festival and help constituents stay connected through film art and culture.
In 2020, the founders of the Martha’s Vineyards African American Film Festival announced a new partnership with the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. The focus of the Color of Conversation Film Festival in Denver was to stimulate an appreciation of film as an art form and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the conversation. When COVID-19 limited in-person gatherings, the organization moved the film festival to Facebook Live.
SISTAHBIZ GLOBAL NETWORK
THE SISTABIZ LOAN FUND
Since 2017, Sistahbiz has focused on empowering women to realize their entrepreneurial dreams, provide the tools and mentorship for success and help create a sustainable pipeline of black entrepreneurs into the marketplace. In 2020, the organization launched the nation’s first small business loan fund for black women entrepreneurs and quickly raised a million dollars to be awarded and invested in new business ventures.