The Denver Post Community Foundation
Pedal The Plains is proud to give back to organizations across Colorado in an effort to make a difference in the lives of our residents.
The Denver Post Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves to improve and enrich the lives of those in our community by raising and distributing funds to metro-area and Colorado nonprofit agencies serving the areas of arts, youth, education and human services.
In addition to event proceeds going to The Denver Post Community Foundation, two non-profits that serve the Eastern Plains have been selected to each receive a $7,000 grant. They will help by providing volunteers and educational offerings throughout the event.
The two partnering non-profits receiving the $7,000 grants are:
Colorado FFA Foundation
Integrated into the curriculum of over 100 high schools in Colorado, the Colorado FFA Foundation is the premier co-curricular leadership organization for students ages 14 – 18. Most members of Colorado FFA do not come from a farm or ranch, but have a desire to learn more about agriculture and the inspiring task of providing food and fiber to a growing population. Areas of focus are premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The Colorado FFA Foundation is a non-profit that supports the Colorado FFA Foundation and is proud to be a charity partner of Pedal The Plains and The Denver Post.
Embedded in the CSU Extension Offices, 4-H is a non-profit designed for youth ages 5 through 18 years of age living in counties across the state. 4-H began over 100 years ago as an educational program for the rural youth of America. Their mission remains to empower young people to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. Through projects in environmental science, rocketry, foods and nutrition, animal science, and photography, members of 4-H learn important skills such as leadership, ethics, decision making, record keeping, responsibility, and community service. The 4-H motto, to make the best BETTER, is something that this non-profit strives to accomplish as they embark on another century of service for America’s youth.
Community Initiative Program
Pedal The Plains will make a $3,000 donation to an organization in each host community as a part of our Community Initiative Program. We’re excited to announce the following initiatives:
Town of Ordway; Pavilion Project
A small town just off the beaten path in Southeastern Colorado, the Town of Ordway was founded in 1911 and serves as the county seat of Crowley County and hails proudly as the home of the Chargers! Ordway offers a wide range of entertainment year-round from a Friday night football game to a weekend stay at any of their two large lakes just outside of town. Ordway is also the place to stop and relax for those bicycling across America as the Transamerica Bicycle Trail is well traveled.
The Town of Ordway plans to use the Pedal The Plains Community Initiative Grant funds to build a pavilion near the spray park in South Park to provide a shaded area. The Spray Park is one of the most visited recreational areas during the summer months and would provide the most return to the residents of Ordway and Crowley County.
When: Friday, September 16
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Opening Ceremony
500 Main Street
Ordway, CO 81063
Missouri Days Association
The Missouri Day Association, Inc. is a non-profit corporation comprised of volunteers that work in unison with Fowler’s residents, school district and business community to preserve the history of Fowler, while honoring the present community with an annual “Missouri Day Celebration.” The Association looks to promote Fowler as a “western” town of the past, present and future that boasts of friendly businesses and residents.
Throughout the year, the Association helps to offer and contribute to a plethora of activities that contribute to a healthy, vital, enjoyable and sustainable community.
The Association helps promote our many local businesses and school district, as well as promoting, honoring and showcasing our residents’ talents through art shows and talent contests. The Association also helps our family-owned businesses and restaurants continue to play an integral part of developing the small community lifestyle that is enjoyed by so many.
Beginning in July 1920, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Association, “Missouri Day” (celebrating the settlers, descendants and heritage of the early settlers in Fowler) is still celebrated today during the second week in July, with a parade, family gatherings, reunions, picnics, food, rodeo, entertainment, arts, beer garden and a dance.
In Missouri Day fashion, our small community lifestyle really comes alive during Missouri Day Weekend with our Friday night class reunions and dinners, and our Saturday night dance at our community park, Gerard Park.
The Pedal The Plains Community Initiative funds will be used to expand the design and completion of locally owned entertainment venues during Missouri Days, renovate the school gym floor and revitalize the Fowler Theater
When: Friday, September 16
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Fowler Entertainment Site
Gerard Park Ave.
111 E. Park
Fowler, CO 81039
La Junta, Colorado
La Junta Intermediate School Band
The Marching Dynamite was a marching band for the lower Arkansas Valley. Due to budget cuts this was one opportunity that was lost a few years ago. This marching band consisted of students from a variety of schools in the lower Arkansas Valley and was truly loved by the community. Students, teachers, parents and community members are excited about the talk of the Marching Dynamite returning!
Natasha Lowe is currently the La Junta Intermediate School’s Music/Band Teacher. She worked really hard during the 2015-2016 school year to try and figure out a way to bring back the Marching Dynamite. Due to a shortage of funds she was not able to make it work for the summer of 2016, however, she would really like to see the Marching Dynamite in full swing by the summer of 2017. The Band Department at LJIS will use the $3,000 Community Initiative Grant to
bring back this great opportunity for students around the area and purchase instruments, flags, uniforms, banners, entries into parades.
When: Saturday, September 17
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: La Junta Entertainment Site
10th and Colorado Ave.
La Junta, CO 81050