February 2 - Community Celebration!
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Author:  Sundancer [ Feb 1, 2019 7:24 pm ]
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We hope to see you all at the Firewise Adapted Bailey community event and silent auction tomorrow!

Did you know that over 200 items have been donated to the silent auction? There is something for everyone! Broncos tickets, Red Rocks tickets, incredible pieces form the local art community, dinners at local restaurants, Whitewater rafting, gift baskets, certificates for massage, food, beverages, car services, and family fun activities. Even Deer Creek Elementary has gotten in on the action with reserved premier parking for the upcoming Valentines school parties, and a chance for a lucky student to shadow the PE teacher for a half day. Come on over to the Tomahawk Ranch for free food, music, and an incredible silent auction full of goods waiting for your bid!

Author:  Burland Firewise [ Feb 2, 2019 9:27 am ]
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I helped setup yesterday. I was so impressed with the quality and quantity of items donated for the Silent Auction.

Come on out today for a great Community Celebration, Learn what Fire Adapted Bailey is doing, Reconnect with Friends, Meet your Neighbors, Make new Friends, and support a potentially Life Saving cause.

I hope to see you there!

Author:  missfrog [ Feb 2, 2019 8:31 pm ]
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Thank you for all your hard work , it was a great turn out . It was enjoyed and appreciated ,had a great time . KZ Ranch family !

Author:  Sundancer [ Feb 3, 2019 6:30 pm ]
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Wow, what an amazing Bailey community celebration! Huge turnout, full capacity! Old friends connecting, new
friends made. Appearances by our new sheriff, Tom McGraw, our new fire Chief Joe Burgett, and our new commissioner Ray Douglas.

This is what Mountain Strong Together looks like. ... 659464022/

Author:  CooknThyme [ Feb 3, 2019 9:09 pm ]
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What a success!

Let's do it again LOL

Author:  Sundancer [ Feb 3, 2019 9:55 pm ]
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CooknThyme wrote:
What a success!

Let's do it again LOL


Author:  Sundancer [ Mar 2, 2019 2:06 pm ]
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"This is what Mountain Strong Together looks like"

- John Van Doren, Fire Adapted Bailey

When Fire Adapted Bailey set out to raise $100,000 to fire mitigate the choke points in our critical evacuation routes, to say there was some skepticism would be a gross understatement. Initial reactions ranged from polite nods to rolling on the floor laughter. Yet off we ventured into the vast unknown of crowdfunding for a wildfire mitigation project, armed with nothing more than a vision and a small group of determined Firewise leaders. We had no idea what we were doing, and since we were breaking new ground, we had no roadmap to follow.

We started with a kick-off meeting at Aspen Peak Cellars (thank you Marcel & Julie) and were pleasantly surprised with a standing room only crowd of community leaders (sheriff, commissioner, fire chiefs, school district superintendent) that turned the event into a mini town hall. Maybe this dog would hunt. We were off to a good start, with strong donations anchored by a large donation from the Burland HOA.

We made slow and steady process (especially slow during the holiday season) and reached $23K by the end of the year. By then we had begun to plan a combination "Community Celebration" and fundraising event at Tomahawk on February 2nd (many thanks to the Girl Scouts of Colorado for providing their amazing venue). Once again, we had no idea what we were doing, but by now we had the support of the Platte Canyon Chamber of Commerce who agreed to co-sponsor the event. In the process, I discovered that Chamber members may have a head for business, but they also had a huge heart for service.

Our event included a small army of dedicated volunteers and amazing support from our business community, sheriff's office, commissioners, the Regulators, and the Platte Canyon Fire Protection District. The question was, would anyone come. You can put out the word, but you just don't know how many might take the time out of their busy lives to attend your event.

Our official opening was 2:30PM but people started rolling in around 2:00PM. By 2:30 we had about 150 in the room and by 3:00 we had over 300. By the time the second band finished we estimated over 700 hundred people had attended. This was well beyond any of our expectations. Looking at the standing room only crowd at around 5 o'clock I was proud to announce that this is what "Mountain Strong Together" looks like.

Our fundraising campaign started the evening at $31K with a fresh $5,000 matching donation from an anonymous donor. Thanks to our Mountain Strong community, we raised over $16K during the event. Once everything is processed (including the match) our campaign will have breached the half way point at over $50,000!

Many thanks to all that attended, our amazing volunteers that made it happen, and our sponsors that provide so much support to this community.

Girl Scouts of Colorado
Platte River Outfitters
Burland HOA
The Barrel Riders
House Call Hearing
Centennial State Insurance
U-Stor-it Affordable Storage
Aspen Peak Cellars
Harris Park Volunteer Group
The Park County Regulators
Deer Creek Realty
Mad Jacks Brewery
Your Mountain Connection
Front Range Commercial Windows & Doors
River Canyon Gallery
Crow Hill Insurance
Custom Auto Painting

And a special thanks to our food purveyors that added a taste of Bailey to the event.

Cutthroat Cafe
The Rustic Station
Cottage Creations
Wing Wagon
King Soopers

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