SUMMER 2018
In this issue: 
featured stories | signature events spotlight | grant corner | thank you | upcoming events | contest      
THE 2018 DENVER POST RIDE THE ROCKIES  
The 33rd Annual Tour Featured a Loop Route

For six beautiful days in June, more than 2,000 cyclists navigated through the Rocky Mountains taking in the views from their bikes. The 2018 Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour presented by Flexential, was held June 10 - 15 and took cyclists through the host communities of Breckenridge, Edwards, Steamboat Springs, Grand Lake and Winter Park The 33rd Annual Tour was planned as a Loop Route close to the I-70 corridor, to make it more accessible to riders on and off the bike. This Tour included 418 miles and added 25,935' of elevation for the riders. 
Prior to the Tour, the 9th Annual RTR  Prologue Experience, a premier fundraiser for The Denver Post Community Foundation , took place with participants riding alongside celebrity cyclists over Hoosier Pass into Fairplay, all while discovering the gold rush in the restored mining town of South Park City and touring the Old Country Boy Mine, one of the largest and most famous gold mines in Breckenridge. 

Throughout the Tour each year, Ride The Rockies and The Denver Post Community Foundation are proud to grant $5,000 to a deserving nonprofit organization in each of the host communities. You can see the recipients from 2018 in the Grant Corner section below. 

The 2018 Tour had 48 states represented and had four riders from Jersey, a small island in the English Channel. The eldest RTR cyclist was 84 years old and there were seven others over the age of 80! The youngest participants (there were four) were 9 years of age. The dates for 2019 have already been announced, June 8 -15, 2019.    

Proceeds from Ride The Rockies benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation. To view photos from the 2018 Tour, click here. For more information about Ride The Rockies, click here.
DENVER POST EMPLOYEE VOLUNTEERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
ACTS - Assisting the Community Through Service       
The Denver Post employee volunteers with their family and friends  have been busy over the summer. Signing up once again to be part of the AMP the Cause Community Day, the team selected the Ronald McDonald House - Denver as the location of service. After making hundreds of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and putting together readily available to-go grab bags, the ACTS group deep cleaned the house from front to back. 

The Denver Public Library Friends Found ation's S ummer Used Book Sale was the next project of re-sorting thousands of books getting everything ready for the popular public sale. 

The last ACTS project of the summer was collecting school supplies for the Stuff the Bus campaign for homeless students attending a Denver Public SchoolMEED (Minority Enterprise & Educational Development) organizes this drive to collect backpacks and school supplies each year and distributes the supplies in the fall. 
Thanks to the creativity of the three employees pictured on the left and their team, the Stuff the Bus Carnival took place to raise money to purchase school supplies. Denver Post employees generously donated over $1,700 through this Carnival. With additional supplies donated from employees, well over $2,000 was spent on much needed supplies for less fortunate students.     
 
GET READY TO PEDAL THE PLAINS 
SEPT. 14 - 16   
Ride to the Edge of the New Frontier

PTP logoThe 2018 Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour, presented by Viaero Wireless, is a great way to conclude Colorado's cycling season. The 7th Annual PTP Tour, Friday through Sunday, September 14 - 16, will highlight three unique and welcoming communities: Kiowa, Bennett and Limon. Cyclists will have opportunities to meet alpacas, travel past wheat farms that supply wheat across the country, travel through Genoa to see the World Wonder View Tower (Day One Century Ride), partake in the Great Mustang Gravel 100 to see the Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary, pass by bison farms and visit the Paint Mines in Calhan.  

The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour is produced in partnership with the Governor's Office and the State of Colorado. This one-of-a-kind annual cycling event began in 2012 and celebrates the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of Colorado's eastern plains. Described by the Governor as "a ride for the rest of us," Pedal The Plains seeks to engage riders of all abilities, from seasoned cyclists to first-time riders in an educational and recreational experience. 

Proceeds benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation in support of the Colorado FFA Foundation and Colorado 4-H. For more information and to register for the Tour, click here. See more below. 
Fall Passport To The Arts Packages Available Now   
Passport
The 2018 Denver Post Fall Passport packages are on sale now for $165 for the following shows:

OKLAHOMA! - Thurs., Sept. 13 |  RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN CELEBRATION WITH YOUR COLORADO SYMPHONY - Sat., Oct. 6 |  LOVE NEVER DIES - Tues., Oct. 23 |  VERDI'S LA TRAVIATA - Tues., Nov. 6.

Proceeds benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation . For more information and to purchase tickets, click here
2018 Pedal The Plains - Register Now
PTP logo
As mentioned in the Featured Story above, PTP will take cyclists through the host communities of Kiowa, Bennett, and Limon, Colorado. This 3 day Tour 
averages 50 to 80  miles each day and this year offers two Century options for seasoned riders. Registration is open for the 2018 Tour scheduled for Friday through Sunday, September 14 - 16.   

The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour is presented by Viaero Wireless. Proceeds benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation in support of the Colorado FFA Foundation and Colorado 4-H.  For more information and to register, click here
 
Congratulations to the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation for their $5,000 grant presented at the Denver Post Pen & Podium program featuring novelist Maria Semple on May 16, 2018.  Pictured from left to right: 
Stacy Schafer, The Denver Post Community Foundation;  Cathy SchwartzDawn Schipper and Laurie Romer
Denver Public Library Friends Foundation
; Maria Semple, Featured Pen & Podium Novelist; Michelle Jeske, Denver Public Library; Pam Jewett, Denver Public Library Friends Foundation; and Tracy Ulmer, The Denver Post Community Foundation.
In each of the five host communities of the 2018 Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour, a $5,000 grant was presented to an outstanding nonprofit organization working towards improving and enriching the lives of those in their communities. Please join in congratulating the following agencies. Click on the photos for more information on each agency. 


SOS Outreach

Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports

Headwaters Trails Alliance

Mountain Family Center

The Cycle Effect

Congratulations to the Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum on their grant from The Denver Post Community Foundation. Accepting the check from Denver Post Editor, Lee Ann Colacioppo (pictured in the middle) are Amiee Reese, executive director for the Old West Museum (on the left) and Mike Martin, public relations chairman of Cheyenne Frontier Days (on the right.)    

A special thank you to the following partners and sponsors:     
                                                    
  




A special thank you to our event volunteers from Ride The Rockies and The Cheyenne Frontier Days Train, we are so grateful for all your hard work!  



 
Mark your calendar for these events proudly supported by Denver Post Community:   

Tues., Wed., Thurs., May 1 - Oct. 4, 2018
Civic Center EATS
(Civic Center Conservancy)
Denver's Civic Center Park
Thursday, Oct. 11
Denver Scholarship Foundation Gala 
Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center 

Fri., Aug., 24 - Sept., 3
Colorado's State Fair
(Educating Youth in Agriculture)
Pueblo, Colorado 

Saturday, Oct. 13
2018 Annual Luncheon 
(The Women's Foundation of Colorado)
Colorado Convention Center 

Fri., Aug., 31 - Sun., Sept. 2
Jazz Aspen Snowmass
(Labor Day Experience)
Aspen/Snowmass 

Saturday, Oct. 13
Western Fantasy
(Volunteers of America)
National Western Events Center 

Tues., Sept. 4 - Sun., Sept. 9
2018 Denver Food & Wine Festival  
(A 6 Day Celebration)
Metropolitan State University of Denver 
Saturday, Oct. 20
Diamonds in the Ruff  
(Freedom Service Dogs)
Wings Over the Rockies 
Saturday, Sept. 8
Freedom Service Dogs  
(11th Annual Doggie Plunge)
Pirate's Cove Aquatic Center 

TBD - Watch for Updates
21st Annual "Drive for Life" Denver  
Broncos Community Blood Drive

Saturday, Sept. 8
Rocky Mountain MS Center Gala  
(Celebrating 40 Years of RM MS Center)
Sheraton Denver Downtown 

Friday, Nov. 9
National Philanthropy Day 
Seawell Grand Ballroom 


Sunday, Sept. 30
Komen Colorado Race For The Cure  
Auraria Campus 



DP Community Contest!
Win 2 VIP Tickets to the Denver Food + Wine Festival Grand Tasting! 
  
Here's a chance for you and a friend to attend the Denver Food + Wine Festival's Grand Tasting on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.  With creations from more than 40 top restaurants and over 700 wines and spirits, it is a spectacular day. 
Click here, on the photo, or on our Facebook icon below and in a comment on our official Facebook post, tell us your favorite food and wine/spirits pairing. This contest is open through Thursday, August 30, 2018. We will randomly select one winner from the comments and will contact that person through a private message on Friday, August 31, 2018. Must be 21 years of age or older to enter. Rules will be posted in our Facebook notes. Good Luck!  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit  denverfoodandwine.com .  The Denver Post Community Foundation is honored to be a beneficiary of the Denver Food + Wine Festival.     
DPCF The Denver Post Community Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which serves to improve and enrich the lives of those in our community through support of programs that benefit arts and culture; children and youth; education and literacy; and the provision of basic human services. Individual and corporate tax-deductible donations in any amount are very much appreciated. For a list of grants, we distributed in 2017, click here