Denver Rescue Mission has been selected as one of the lucky five charitable organizations eligible to win a luxury kid’s playhouse worth over $5,000 at the upcoming Colorado Garden and Home Show February 9-17 at the Denver Convention Center. The custom built playhouse, if won, will become a welcomed new feature of one of the Mission’s ministries, Champa House.
The Mission is honored to be included in the contest among the Bluff Lake Nature Center, Denver CASA, Easter Seals and STAR Center, all organizations chosen by the Garden and Home Show’s Board of Directors for their admirable contributions to the Denver community.
The playhouse was designed and created by a local builder with materials donated by Alpine Lumber. The mini-mansion will be on display in a feature garden at the show, which is the largest, oldest and most well-attended Garden and Home Show west of the Mississippi, attended by roughly 60,000 people. Show attendees will cast a ballot and the organizations with the most votes will be the lucky recipients.
Amy Fletcher, director of Champa House, is excited by the possibility.
“The kids would absolutely love a playhouse,” said Fletcher. “The Champa kiddos — just like any other children — have wonderful imaginations and are always playing with our doll house as well as dress up. They have even put on a play for all the moms and staff. Having a playhouse would just give them more space to use their wonderful minds in creative ways.”
But even if Champa isn’t the winner, Fletcher says it’s a reward in itself to be recognized as a quality program at such a huge event.
“We feel extremely honored to be nominated as a great community organization,” said Fletcher. “We honestly could not do what we do without the support of the Denver community. To be selected for this playhouse [giveaway] is a great honor.”
Colorado Garden Show, Inc. (CGS), the non-profit corporation that hosts the convention, has had a history of supporting Denver Rescue Mission: The company provides funds for horticultural-related grants, scholarships and events, and since 2006 has given the Mission an incredible $27,800 in support.
“The things Colorado Garden Show has donated is an absolute Godsend,” said Konnie Waters, Grant Officer for Denver Rescue Mission. “They have been instrumental in providing the more specialized things that our budget would not be able to pay for.”
//Attend the Colorado Garden Show and Vote Denver Rescue Mission//
The Colorado Garden and Home Show is a key to being able to fund community projects like those at Denver Rescue Mission: One hundred percent of every ticket sold to the convention is awarded in horticulture grants and scholarships across Colorado.
Tickets are available at the door for $12, or for $10 in advance at King Soopers (Ticket West locations). For more info about the show click here.