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"The Ride for the Rest of Us" was Held Sept. 16-18 

The 154 mile, three-day ride took more than 850 cyclists through the southern Colorado towns of Ordway, Fowler, and La Junta for the 5th anniversary of the event. With close to 20 educational stops and signage along the route, the riders were immersed in rural highlights, trivia and fun facts to keep them pedaling down the country roads. During the safety overview came the warning to look out for snakes and tarantulas crossing the highways, two things no cyclist would want to run over!  One of the many benefits of taking part in Pedal The Plains is the focus on featuring locally grown ingredients all weekend, honoring the pride and rich culture the plains have to offer. 

The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour is produced in partnership with the Governor's Office. Governor John Hickenlooper and former Publisher and current Chairman of The Denver Post Dean Singleton dreamt up this event over a discussion on how to showcase the culture and beauty of eastern Colorado. The Governor refers to Pedal The Plains as "The Ride For The Rest of Us," as a nod towards The Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour through the majestic Rocky Mountains. Each year Pedal The Plains grows in numbers and each year the cyclists are treated to the charm and hospitality from some of the friendliest people in Colorado. 

Proceeds benefited The Denver Post Community Foundation. For more information on The Denver Post Pedal The Plains, click here
Award Winning Author Welcomed by Sold-Out Crowd  
On Monday, September 26, the crowd of loyal Pen & Podium subscribers and guests were introduced to John Irving, a self proclaimed "worst case scenario" type of writer. He said "you think that was bad, just wait!" when he explained his mind set for the darker moments in his stories. Mr. Irving was genuine, funny, and honest about his writing process and his life story. Prior to the conversation moderated by Jeffrey Neuman, award winning playwrite and Pen & Podium Book Club host, Mr. Irving enjoyed meeting with subscribers and guests of Pen & Podium sponsor, Northwestern Mutual at a VIP Reception on stage. He also spent time getting to know our nonprofit grantee for the evening, Colorado Humanities. It was a great beginning to an exciting Pen & Podium season.  Irving will be followed by world renowned authors: Lauren Groff, Anthony Doerr, Mary Karr, and Julia Alvarez.      

Proceeds benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation. For more information on Pen & Podium, click here.  
Broncos Fans Are Just The Right Type    

Every two seconds someone in the United States requires a transfusion of donated blood. 2016 will be the 19th year of Drive for Life, the Denver Broncos Community Blood Drive with Bonfils Blood Center and the largest single-day blood drive in the history of Colorado. Drive for Life will be held at Sports Authority Field at Mile High from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. At Drive for Life 18, more than 5,100 lives were saved or enhanced due to the 1,710 donations collected from generous donors throughout the event. The Denver Post Community is proud to support Drive for Life!   
For more information on Drive for Life,  click here
Attention Spellers: It's Time For Your School To Sign Up!

The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2017. Colorado schools that are interested in participating, need to register for the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee program no later than December 12, 2016. Register now through October 14th to receive the Early Bird discount! Proceeds of The Denver Post Colorado State Spelling Bee benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation. 

For more information and to register, click here
Congratulations to Colorado FFA Foundation and to Colorado 4-H on their Denver Post Community Foundation grants! 

The Denver Post Community Foundation and Pedal The Plains were proud to present a $7,000 grant to the Colorado Future Farmers of America Foundation (top photo) on Friday, September 16 in Fowler, Colorado and a $7,000 grant to Colorado 4-H (bottom photo) on Saturday, September 17 in La Junta, Colorado. Congratulations to both of these outstanding organizations on their dedication to instill leadership skills and other important values in youth.   

Congratulations to Colorado Humanities on their Denver Post Community Foundation grant! 

On Monday, September 26, 2016, The Denver Post Community Foundation was pleased to present a $5,000 grant to support the Motheread/Fatheread program. Colorado Humanities is one of five organizations focused on literacy that will be recognized at The Denver Post Pen & Podium Series.  Pictured from left to right are Vera Atilano, Motheread/Fatheread Program Coordinator; Josephine Jones, Colorado Humanities Program Director; Tracy Ulmer, Executive Director of The Denver Post Community Foundation, John Irving, Author; and Maggie Coval, Executive Director of Colorado Humanities. 
Thank you to Viaero Wireless for being The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Presenting Sponsor. Thank you to all partners and volunteers for making 2016 a great success!  

Thank you to Northwestern Mutual for supporting the 2016/17 Denver Post Pen & Podium Series.  
Mark your calendar for these events proudly supported by Denver Post Community:   
Thursday, Sept. 29
Denver Scholarship Foundation Gala 
(10th Anniversary)
Colorado Convention Center 

Tues/Wed/Thur Now -  Oct 6
Civic Center EATS 2016 
(Civic Center Conservancy)
Civic Center
Saturday, Oct. 8
Diamonds in the Ruff  
(Freedom Service Dogs)
Infinity Park Event Center 

Thursday, Oct. 13
Women of Distinction Dinner  
(Girl Scouts of Colorado)
Denver Marriott Tech Center 
Saturday, Oct. 15
Western Fantasy
(Volunteers of America)
National Western Events Center 

Saturday, Oct. 15
Booklovers Ball  
(Denver Public Library Friends Foundation)
Denver Public Library 

Tuesday, Nov. 1
19th Annual "Drive for Life" Denver Broncos Community Blood Drive 
(Bonfils Blood Center)
Sports Authority Field at Mile High 

Thursday, Nov. 10
National Philanthropy Day 
Seawell Grand Ballroom

DP Community Contest!

Win 2 tickets to The Denver Post Pen & Podium lecture by award winning author Lauren Groff and a $50 gift card to Tattered Cover Book Store!   
Here's your chance to attend award winning author, Lauren Groff's Pen & Podium lecture on Monday, November 14, 2016 at the beautiful Newman Center for the Performing Arts. You will also win a $50 Tattered Cover gift card to purchase Fates & Furies, or another great book to read. Click here, on the photo, or on our Facebook icon below and in a comment on our Facebook post, tell us your favorite book of all time. This contest is open today through Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. We will randomly select one winner from the comments and will contact that person through a private message on Friday, Oct. 21. Must be 21 years of age or older to enter. Rules will be posted in our Facebook notes.  Good luck!

The Denver Post Community Foundation, a 501c3 organization, operates within our Denver Post Community and serves to fulfill its mission to improve and enrich the lives of those in our community through support of programs that benefit the arts, youth, education, and human services. Individual and corporate tax-deductible donations in any amount are very much appreciated!  For a list of the grants we distributed in 2015, click here