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Volunteer Newsletter
Issue: #14-001
January/2014
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2014 Boosting BEST

27 February

Thursday
Builder's Appliance Center
  
Teacher / Mentor Institute
July / August
Monday, Tuesday

 

Kickoff

 September

Saturday

 

Practice  Day

October

Saturday  
  
Game Day

October / November

Saturday

Auraria Event Center

 

 
Rocky Mountain BEST Hub Team

Carolyn Bauer-Hub Director, Game

 

JoAnne Fry and Lori Lazuk-

Consumable Kits

 

Jose Lopez-School Interface

 

Keith Rodefeld and Kevin Barrett-Protobot

 

Linda King-Volunteer Interface

 

Linda Scott-Secretary, Awards & Judging

 

Lois Walton-Budget

 

Patty Gaspar-Events

 

Scott McEwen-Venues, Game Field

 


Welcome to the January 2014 Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter. 
  
We are excited about our fifth year working with area students in the annual BEST robotics competition. This year's game, BLADERUNNER 2014, was created by the West Texas BEST Hub in Lubbock, Texas. 

To provide the material for the BLADERUNNER 2014 game at no cost to area schools, we are holding the Boosting BEST Fundraising Event on Thursday evening, 27 February 2014. More information on the event and needed donations and volunteers is in this newsletter.
  
Please forward this newsletter to others who might be interested in Rocky Mountain (RM) BEST.  

BEST BLADERUNNER 2014 Game
Fifth Year for Rocky Mountain BEST Competition

 

On 8 December, the BEST organization announced BLADERUNNER as the 2014 game. The full game details will be provided to the school teams in September during the game Kickoff. 

 

As part of their December announcement, BEST again released a teaser video. The BLADERUNNER Teaser Video link is provided below. 

 

So what will the robots look like this year??

2014 Game Teaser 
2014 Game Teaser

 

2014 Boosting BEST Fundraising Event
A Fun Evening on 27 February from 6 PM - 8:30 PM

It will be a fun evening with hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction (6-7:15 PM) , wine tasting, students and their robots, and a light dinner with cooking demo by Chef Greg Boynton. Your personalized invitation was sent to you recently which provides you a link to register and pay the $30 event fee ($15 tax deductible) in advance or you can pay the fee at the door.
  
The venue is Builder's Appliance Center (BAC) Showroom at 1880 West Oxford Avenue, Suite #A (Behind Red & Jerry's at Santa Fe and Oxford Avenue south of Hampden Avenue Englewood, CO.)

 

For more information, map, and to register for the Event, you may also use this link:

 

robot mascot purple-150If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, we are looking for sponsors for this primary fundraiser of the year. The goal is four $500 donors to underwrite the costs of the event.  You and your business will be recognized at the event and throughout the 2014 season!  Contact Sabina Kilpatrick for more information at 303.919.3303 / skilpatrick@rockymountainbest.org.

 

Also, we are always looking for silent auction items for Boosting BEST. If you have a product or service you would like to donate, or are willing to get a gift card donated from a restaurant or store, please email Sabina Kilpatrick at skilpatrick@rockymountainbest.org.

Volunteers Needed Near Term
Kit Team and Boosting BEST Volunteers

Monday Kit Team: The Kit Team is working on returned 2013 kits to prepare for 2014 kit activities. They meet most Mondays at Club Workshop 999 Vallejo St #2 Denver near I-25 and 8th Avenue from 10 AM - 3 PM with a lunch break at a local restaurant. They can always use an extra hand and no experience or specific skill is needed. If interested, please contact Carolyn at cbauer@rockymountainbest.org for more information. 

 

Boosting BEST Fundraiser VolunteersWe need the following volunteers on Thursday, 27 February at Builder's Appliance Center in Englewood

  • 4 general helpers between 6:00 and 9:00 PM
  • 2 people to sit at the registration table and check people in between 5:45 and 8:00 PM
  • 2 people to help with set up between 3:30 and 5:30 PM
  • 4 people to help with check-out between 7:45 and 9:00 PM 

If you might be able to help, please contact Sabina at skilpatrick@rockymountainbest.org for more information about Boosting BEST volunteering.

Colorado Gives Day Success!
Generous December Donations via ColoradoGives.org 
  
Thanks to almost 50 generous ColoradoGives donors, we were able to raise $6,701 in December. This amount includes our allocation of the First Bank Incentive Fund for the donations on Colorado Gives Day on 10 December.   

If you missed the opportunity to donate in December with the special incentives for Colorado Gives Day, the Colorado Gives website may be used year round to donate to Rocky Mountain BEST.  The donate button on the Rocky Mountain BEST website links to our ColoradoGives page.
 
You can watch a video to learn how to make a one-time donation on ColoradoGives.org. From any page on the site you can search for charities by name, keyword, cause, city or zip code. You can further filter your search results by status (how recently they joined) or alphabetical listing.   
 

After selecting a charity, select "Donate Now" from their profile. Although ColoradoGives.org features Colorado nonprofits, residents from any location who have Internet access can donate online.

We would not be successful without you!  We are looking forward to working with you in 2014.
  
Sincerely,
  

Linda King

Volunteer Interface, Rocky Mountain BEST

 

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