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Ordinary Extraordinary Award Banquet 2019

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Fireside Cafe & Catering, Located inside of Group Publishing

1515 Cascade Avenue

Loveland, CO 80538

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Ordinary Extraordinary Award Banquet
Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 5:30-8:30 pm
Fireside Cafe & Catering, 1515 Cascade Avenue, Loveland, Colorado

At this awards banquet we will recognize three men and three women who are the "go givers" in our community.

How the honorees were selected. They were nominated by you. We had 39 nominees submitted. Then a committee of five people narrowed down to the top 12 nominees. Then on Survey Monkey with over 200 people who completed the survey the top six honorees were selected.

These are people who have impacted us here in Northern Colorado with their service, contributions and achievements: These honorees inspire us. They are the ordinary people you see doing extraordinary things that impact Northern Colorado. They volunteer their time and talent for others in Northern Colorado. They are a business, nonprofit or community leaders. The honorees have gone over and beyond and they are self-motivated to give back to the local community.

Thank you to all the folks who give back to the community here in Northern Colorado.

Men Honorees in alphabetical order:

Brad Hoopes: Brad Hoopes has honored Northern Colorado Veterans for many years through several nonprofit organizations such as Honor Flight, Pam Vets, and Veterans Plaza. He has video recorded veterans and turn those videos into DVDs. Brad arranged for vets to go to a Rockies Baseball game and giving them special recognition. He started a free magazine called “Remember and Honor” dedicated to the belief that veterans deserve to have their stories permanently recorded. Brad is one of the most humble and giving individuals.

Franklin Taggart: Franklin Taggart, is a consultant at the Loveland SBDC. He meets with businesses and his generosity immediately struck us. He takes details notes and really listens. Franklin has an incredible ability to help people see their deeper and wider impact. He has an "Inbox Encouragement" and his weekly email with heartfelt and thought provoking stories. He is a creative genius and the most giving, genuine person with his business and creative advice. He gives so much to the community through his own businesses, his podcast, his hours at the SBDC and teaching throughout the area.

Jason Brabson: Jason Brabson, is a man who constantly gives to his community in immeasurable ways. His company is Heart & Soul Paratransit and this big-hearted company arranges transportation for kidney dialysis patients who need a ride, older folks going to the doctor or hospital. Many times he and his staff take the extra time to walk their clients to their doors and make sure they are okay inside their homes before they take off to another van run. It's the compassion needed in our society and Jason ensures his customers are all treated with respect and care during their time with him or his employees. Jason serves on the Senior Board of Fort Collins and volunteers on the Transportation Board. Jason also volunteers with Food Bank, SAVA, Heart and Horses, Mobility Coalition, Senior Transportation Coalition. He sets the example for his staff and for everyone he meets to strive to do what is right for our aging population.

Women Honorees in Alphabetical Order:

Carrie Thompson: Carrie Thompson and her family's business, Business Equipment Sales & Service, has had an amazing impact on the community since 1976. She has volunteered and coordinated volunteers for countless events through the years. Through her position as volunteer coordinator at Hearts and Horses over a period of seven years she grew the volunteer base from 200 to 1,500 volunteers per year. She has also helped or volunteered with 137 Homeless Connection, Loveland Youth Gardeners, Loveland House Assisted Living, Realities for Children, and mentoring youth. In addition, BES is actively involved in donations for nonprofits such as services and printers. This year she coordinated an effort to gift a free video to three nonprofits which is a $10,000 donation value.

Kristin Watts: Kristin Watts started a nonprofit called Project 31:25 three years ago after her personal experience with domestic violence. She found a way to give back to the community. Kristin has single-handedly created a safety net of service oriented companies and individuals to help victims of domestic violence chart a way out. To date she has supported 150 families with 87% pf them living abuse free, self-sustaining lives.

Mary Elizabeth Lenahan: Mary Elizabeth Lenahan formed over 30 years ago Dance Express. This was started to express the love of a sister and honoring the spirit of her special-needs sibling. Mary Elizabeth has enriched the lives of hundreds of young adults with or without disabilities through showing them their unique beauty through dance. At a personal level, they sometimes for the first time, find a safe space to gain positive self-esteem, find a positive outlet for self-expression and the joy of being proud of their accomplishments.

We will have prime rib, chicken, appetizers, salad, Yukon gold potatoes, wild rice pilaf, steamed vegetables and several desserts. Two drinks (wine or beer) are included as well as lemonade, water and ice tea.

Dress is formal or semi-formal. Please no jeans or t-shirts.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor: Inside Health

Photography Sponsor: Blue Federal Credit Union

Bronze Sponsors:

Weedin Insurance, Eric Weedin

Huxley CPA Consulting LLC, Geneve Huxley

Verdant Business, Laura Aeling

Copper Sponsor:

Business Equipment Sales & Service

Plaque Sponsor: Kavalis, Gloria Solis Van Arsdale

Beverage Sponsor: Wilburs Total Beverage

If you have any questions then please let me know.

Thank you,

Ann Baron, CEO of Northern Colorado Community



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What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Free parking

What can I bring into the event?

You may bring a camera and your positive attitude. No outside food or beverages since we have an onsite caterer.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Ann Baron at northerncoloradocommunity2016@gmail.com or phone 970-405-4208

What's the refund policy?

No refund since we must pay for the event ahead of time.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. We will have you check in at the registration table where we will have a list of attendees.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, you may update the registration if you choose to have someone else attend in your place. Please contact Ann if there are changes.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, you may transfer your ticket to someone else.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

Your name should match unless you have contacted Ann about a name change on the ticket.

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