2014 Colorado Gives Day Success for Ascend Performing Arts

DENVER, CO – The 2014 Colorado Gives Day was a tremendous success thanks to the generous support of the “BK Nation”!  Although final numbers are still being tallied, we know we will surpass our original goal, thereby setting us up for success in reaching our overall fundraising goals for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. 

Colorado Gives Day has become the most significant day of the year in the fundraising cycle of Ascend Performing Arts due to the extra incentives involved in the event.  It is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving for the fifth consecutive year.  As a participating nonprofit on ColoradoGives.org, Ascend Performing Arts programs, the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble, will benefit from this initiative in many ways.

“The response this year was absolutely overwhelming, the generosity of our donors enables us to continue providing exceptional instruction and experiences for the young people who participate in our programs.  These are incredible young adults who deserve our best efforts on and off the field,” said Mark Arnold, Executive Director of Ascend Performing Arts.  “On behalf of our staff, volunteers and the students in our programs…thank you!”

Community First Foundation and First Bank teamed up to put up a $1 Million Incentive Fund–one of the largest giving-day incentive funds in the country.  Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day will receive a portion of the incentive fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

This incredible outcome was possible because of those who supported both the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps and the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble. A thank you to the Corporate Board of Directors and many different supporters whose generosity helped–from young and seasoned alumni, family and  supporters–who all  played a pivotal role in helping ensure that this year will be a moment in Ascend history that will define the programs for years to come.

photo 214jpgThe Ascend “Donor Honor Roll” includes not only alumni, but parents, fans and supporters of the Ascend Programs–-a diverse group of people whose common ground is the wish to see programs like ours not only survive in the years to come, but thrive.

Also, a big thank you to those fellow drum and bugle corps, winter percussion and other organizations who supported Ascend Performing Arts by helping promote our event.  This exemplifies the spirit of cooperation in helping ‪#‎GrowDrumCorps‬:

Drum Corps International, Phantom Regiment, Madison Scouts, Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps, Troopers Drum & Bugle Corps, Rise Percussion, and Halftime Magazine.

GJClinic_210443957_658769984207473_1867842670_nWithout the support of our Friends, Ascend Performing Arts would not be able to provide life experiences to transform the members of the Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps and the Blue Knights Percussion Ensemble into contributing citizens of the future.

Whether you donated $10 or $10,000, please know that we are very grateful for your support.  The Ascend Programs would not continue to exist without the help of people like you.  Thank you again for your generosity  to ensure programs like the Blue Knights Drum and Bugle Corps and the Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble continue to be available for young men and women across the country and around the world.

Thank you for helping elevate life performance!



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