2015 Colorado Gives Day Success for Ascend Performing Arts

DENVER, CO – Th2015 Colorado Gives Day was a tremendous success thanks to the generous support of the “BK Nation”!  Although final numbers are still being tallied, we are pleased to report we made a good start in reaching our overall fundraising goals for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. 

(Photo by Charles Frey)

“A young man in our drum corps came to me after we first showed the video of our 2015 program,” said Mark Arnold, Executive Director, Ascend Performing Arts. “He said, ‘when we got to that last big hit of our show I couldn’t believe it, I started crying, I used to dream about this! I was on that field! I cried when I saw that.”

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 sixth 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.

“For over 50 years our organization has been blessed and sustained by a dedicated community of supporters who believe in the value of these transformational life experiences. It is you–our supporters—who are right there beside us each year making these moments happen — your support is greatly appreciated!said Mark Arnold.

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.

The Ascend “Donor Honor Roll” (below) 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.

(Photo by Ricky Grasso)

Without 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!




2015 COLORADO GIVES DAY DONOR HONOR ROLL 

(Listed Alphabetically)

Will Adams and Mike Uhlenkamp

Ken Adams

Gregory Andersen

Sarah Anderson

Kathrine Anderson

Karl and Mary Anderson in honor of Sam Anderson

Kim Angell

The Archibique Family

Mark Arnold

Terri Beaman in honor of Linda Hicks

Veronica Berry in honor of Gary Brattin

Deborah Brickman

Thomas Bronson

Brian and Lindsay Cocos

Completely anonymous in honor of Rhoda Story

Neil Corvino

Nicholas D’Ambrosio

Martha and Ernest D’Ambrosio

Rosalie Danskin in memory of Christopher Danskin

Mike Davis

Patrick Doyle

Rosie Dugan

Anonymous in honor of Keenan Evans

The Essary Family

Mike and Penny Evans in honor of Keenan Evans

Alex Factor

Scott Factor

Sandy Ferry

Jeff Flint

Jennifer Florea

Judy Fredricks

Victor and Thelma Fung

Lori Garcia

Susan Garcia

Ryan G

Anonymous

Goddard Family

Aaron and Tessa Greco

Matthew and Anne Greene

John Griffin

Debbie and Darrell Griffin

Mary Nell Griffin

Bruce and Pam Hallowell

Harry and Denise Helwerda

Jordan Helwerda

Amy and Steve Hemingway

John and Gail Hipke

Mark and Linda Holste

John Horton

Scott Hubbard

Anonymous

Leigh and Ben Huseman

Dorothy Turek-Jackson

The Jamrozek Family

Barbara Jansen in memory of Ray Jansen

Lisa Jorgensen

Kathryn Kane

Jason and Diane Keeling

Pamela Kellen

Doug Kelley

Tony and Kristen King

Lisa Kriederman

Gregory “GM” Kuzma

Anonymous

Linda Langemeier

Iris Lee

George and Lynn Lindstrom

Amy Lueb in honor of ALL alumni!

Scott Lundblad

Dallas Martin

Doug McCarroll

Alyssa and Luke McCollum

McOut Family

Joey M

Amanda Montemayor

Randy and Nancy Morris

Alban Naha

Anonymous

Eugen Nuccio in memory of Pietro J Nuccio

John G Palazzo

Becky Paschke in honor of Rhoda Story and Dinah Owens

Christopher Paschke

Dan Pinkston

Paul Proctor

Anonymous

Riley Family

Deanna Rutkowski

Anonymous

Roman Sanchez

Anonymous

Angelo Sapienza

Leslie Schulter

Mark and Sue Schultz

Trish Schumacher

Jason Shin

Janet and Jerry Shin

Russell Sielaff

Jo Simmons

Joe Smith

Chloe Stabler

Michael Stebick

Baritone Mom

Marion and Roger Stover

Juanita Tate

David and Kristi Taylor in honor of Justin Taylor

Ed and Jackie Terry

Stephanie Hall-Teters

Marilyn Vaughn

Natalie Velasco

Lou Wagner

John and Bette Waltrip

Kelly Waltrip

Scott Weidner in memory of Rebecca (Becky) Yarberry

Tom Weidner

Moss and Mari Welch

Bruce and Deanna Weston

Joanne and Steve Wille

Robin and Gary Williams

Devon and Grayce Wilson

Gary Wooley

Rochelle Wright

Richard Zabukovic

And thank you also to our 10 completely anonymous donors!


Scott’s Challenge For Blue Knights World Percussion Ensemble 

Mark Arnold

Rosalie Danskin

Mike Davis

Rosie Dugan

Penny and Mike Evans

Jennifer Florea

Debbie and Darrell Griffin

Jamrozek Family

Jason and Diane Keeling

Lisa Jorgensen

Gregory GM Kuzma

Scott Lundblad

Alyssa and Luke McCollum

Joey M

Anonymous

Roman Sanchez

Chloe Stabler

Natalie Velasco

Scott Weidner

Tom Weidner

Rochelle Wright

and thank you also to the 3 completely anonymous donors!


Dinah Owens Memorial Scholarship

Greg Andersen

Neil and Dyan Corvino

Judy Fredricks

Debbie and Darrell Griffin

Goddard Family

Jordan Helwerda

Jodan and Denise Helwerda

Mark and Linda Holste

Anonymous

Doug McCarroll

Amanda Montemayor

Jason Shin

Becky Williams Paschke

Deanna Rutkowski

and thank you to two completely anonymous donors!


 

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