When there are horrible tragedies in the world, like the ones in Texas and Boston this past week, it’s hard to know where to turn. This week, I ran across two VERY local charities that can benefit our community and help to make the world a little brighter!
A Day Without Hate
A Day Without Hate is a student-led effort to bring schools and communities together for a celebration of unity, a rejection of fear, and a commitment to work towards nonviolent solutions to any conflict in our school.
After hearing about the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007, a small committee of students and teachers felt that they had to do something…anything to make a difference, big or small, or at least draw attention to the more frequent acts of school violence and ideas on how to stop it. After brainstorming a few possibilities, we decided to set up “A Day without Hate,” the first…and probably hardest…step to ending violence in schools. In May of 2007, we encouraged everyone in Standley Lake High School to wear white and join in on all the small “activities” we planned to show our commitment and trust in each other. The day was an overwhelming success. Since then, students across Colorado have decided to take this incredibly positive day to their communities to say that they will not tolerate violence or prejudice and they will reach out to their friends and acquaintances and say, “We’re all in this together.”
Jumping Jack Golf Tournament, Wine Tasting, Dinner & Auction
Jack is a little boy in my daughter’s 6th grade class, I was amazed that this event has been going on so long and I didn’t know about it – so I wanted to share it with you. If you want to read more about Jack, his story is here.
This is a unique opportunity to enjoy a top-notch golf experience on an absolutely beautiful, private course. Golfers and non-golfers alike will want to shop the silent auction with wonderful finds for everyone, and won’t want to miss the exciting live auction.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill will be serving up a delicious lunch and dinner. Newbie wine drinkers to connoisseurs will enjoy the wide array of great wines that Ron’s Liquors at Costco will be presenting for our wine tasting. There will also be a demonstration of an adaptive golf cart by Golf 4 the Disabled.
All proceeds benefit Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by parents of children with Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy whose mission is to support and fund on-going research efforts. (www.parentprojectmd.org)
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common lethal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood. It is a progressive muscle disorder that causes gradual loss of muscle function and independence. To date, there is no cure. Thanks much in part to funding for research raised through events such as the Jumping Jack Event, the gene that causes DMD was successfully identified in 1986. While that was a significant step, and new research strategies are being pursued and new medical trials are underway, little has impacted the survival rate. Ultimately, DMD will take the life of the thousands of children (mostly boys) who are affected unless new treatments are found. This is why we must continue our efforts to fund further research. With your help, we aim to End Duchenne.
The Jumping Jack for MD Event is a grass roots effort with strong community support. Entry fees, auction purchases, and all other donations are tax deductible. They are currently seeking donated items for our auction as well as event sponsors.
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