It’s Gala Week: Giving Back to the Future
Step Back in Time to Celebrate 25 Years of Service
Program your time machine for October 9th, 2021, for our biggest fundraising event of the year. Thank you for your participation and continued generous support.
We can’t wait to see you in person again; but, we have moved the gala to all-virtual again this year in the interest of safety for kids and vulnerable adults.
Please join us on the online auction starting Oct 6 at https://secure.qgiv.com/event/cohvauction/
We will host a short program on Saturday night, October 9. Register for the auction and get the Zoom link for the short program beginning at 7 p.m. and ending with the live auction closing around 7:45 p.m.
That night, we’ll announce our 2021 Families First Award winner, share more about auction items, recognize our sponsors and donors and volunteers, and leave you with a video from Fostering Joy, a Hands & Voices program to inspire more joy in parenting. All are welcome, interpreting and captioning are provided.
We will miss the dinner and cocktails, networking, and fun, but it will be all the sweeter to get together when it is safer to do so.
You don’t want to miss our online auction which begins on October 6th this year dedicated to both fun and raising funds for our services for families raising children who are deaf or hard of hearing, and the networking among like-minded people who believe in our motto: “What works for your child is what makes the choice right.” TM
It is easiest to register on your phone. It is free. Register here up until the last auction item closes on Saturday, Oct 9 around 7:45 p.m. https://secure.qgiv.com/event/cohvauction/
Individual tickets or table/sponsorship information and purchase is available here.
Once you register for the auction, download the GIVI app from the app store (free) and connect to our event “Giving Back to the Future” to bid online. Get your anniversary water bottle, too!
Some of the highlights from this year’s auction include:
*Steamboat Condo 3-night stay Jan 4-7, 2021
*Great Wolf Lodge one-night stay, two days of the water park, plus $200 to upgrade or spend
Assorted Adult Beverage offerings including a large *No Whine in the Wine Basket (12 bottles!)
TopGolf and other experiences in Colorado Regions (Denver Metro, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Thornton, and more)
Shredders: Teach your child to ski or snowboard BEFORE you head to the mountains!
*Dillon Condo: 3-night stay in cozy in-town condo close to all the sights of Summit County, with flexible dates
No Place Like Home treats: Wreathmaking class, Breadmaking Book and Pan, Tito’s Dog Basket, ASL Starbucks and interpreter mugs, Texas Hill Country Basket, *Stained Glass Window in a rustic frame, Art and even a refinished rocking chair.
*All starred items above will close just after 7:30 during our Zoom event. Bid online and watch the short program featuring Families First Award honoree Cathy Bowles, Teacher of the Deaf in Poudre Valley Schools, Fort Collins, and auctioneer Debbie Stafford takes us through the last 5 “live” auction items.
Opportunity to donate towards our work at a variety of levels:
$25 Family membership for a year for the print newspaper, virtual welcome bag
$50 Supports funds for social media outreach: 900-1200 parents reached on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and enews to 1200 parents and professionals
$75 Initial Guide By Your Side visit, baby to age 18
$100 Parent Coaching (extended) for a family: preschool – transition
$150 Parent workshops: Moms’ Nite Inn Online, Spring 2021, IEP training, Tech Tuesdays, Telehealth, and more
$200 Family gatherings, i.e. Deaf + Autism Day, summer picnics, Polar Express, Signing Santa, museum days
$250 IEP coaching support for a family
$500 IEP support including attending meeting(s)
$1000 Underwriter Award: Update, translate or create or update resources like The CO Resource Guide in English and Spanish, Funding Toolkit, Bridge to Preschool, and video projects
Sponsorships are open! 2021 Gala Sponsorship Form
Explore and purchase sponsorships in the sidebar.
Families First Award: Who will it be? We recently honored parent advocate Megan Nix for her work bring awareness and needed action on the topic of congenital cytomegalovirus, a common childhood virus that is dangerous to babies in utero. Last year, we honored Nanette Thompson, who has tirelessly served families of all ages as a speech-language pathologist and educator. Your nominations are welcome through July 17th each year at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our 2021 generous sponsors and donors for this event! Beverage, dessert, and service sponsors included Tito’s Vodka, CORE (interpreting mentor program), ASL interpreters Mah-rya Proper, Natalie Austin, Leslie Chavarria-Gimley, Kariann King, Meagan Fretwell, and Amy Kroll. Thank you also to Goodwill Industries for help preparing the invitations for mailing.
Interested in donating or joining the gala committee, or applying for the (paid) Gala Coordinator position? Email us at email@example.com.
Never attended our benefit before?
This is a Colorado-casual community event. Meet other parents, professionals in the field, and like-minded community members. All are truly welcome.
Guests purchase tables for their group to sit together or individual tickets for the event center, and we enjoy auction items, speakers and live music, a limited complimentary beers and often a theme cocktail along full cash bar offerings.
This year, we are sorry to miss the folks at the Lamar Street Center and Nosh Catering. We look forward to seeing our community gathered together again!
We offer interpreting and CART services. We value communication access!
We’re grateful to our sponsors who have sustained their generous support throughout this unusual year, and two new ones!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 719-650-3159 voice/text.