DENVER - The nonprofit that prompted the Denver Public School District this summer to give all students, regardless of income, hot lunches is now holding a fundraising gala to benefit other kids in Colorado. The keynote speaker is Colorado Lt. Governor Donna Lynne.
"Our goal is to get children of every age involved in community service, to create the next generation of givers," said Deborah Sherman, president of KidsGiving365.org. "In our programs, the kids get to serve disadvantaged children in Denver in person, face-to-face. That makes a lasting impact on all of the kids."
The KidsGiving365 Gala is September 29, from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency in the Denver Tech Center. There will be dining, dancing to the live band The Nacho Men, and live auction prizes. KOOL105 Radio DJ Jim Berry is the master of ceremonies.
They're also hosting a silent auction online from September 24, ending at 7:45 p.m., on September 29, for anyone with a laptop or cellphone. To check out the items, go here: https://events.handbid.com/auctions/kids-giving-365
The gala is raising money to support programs that benefit the neediest children today and create the next generation of givers tomorrow.
This summer, KidsGiving365 raised more than $15,000 to pay off the school lunch debt for 3,264 students in Denver public schools. The campaign prompted the school district to change its policy and practice of serving disadvantaged children graham crackers and milk at lunch. From now on, the district will serve all children hot meals.
KidsGiving365 also puts on Santa's Elves, the nation's largest kids-giving-to-kids event. This year, the nonprofit expects to match families across the state with 2,600 children at the Rude Recreation Center in Denver on Saturday, December 9, 2017. (Registration opens in October at KidsGiving365.org.)
To learn more about the 501(c)3, visit KidsGiving365.org. The local organization was started in 2010 by three Colorado parents who couldn't find other ways to get their young children involved in philanthropy.