How to support Marshall Fire victims, Ukrainian refugees and more

Fundraisers are seemingly everywhere lately, from the 11th-hour drive to save Denver’s endangered Mutiny Information Cafe last week to ongoing efforts on behalf of Boulder’s County Wildfire Fund.

If you’re looking to support the neediest Colorado people and organizations, we’ve got good news: There are even more on the horizon.

The Take Note Colorado nonprofit last week announced its Sing It to Me Santa show at 8 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Mission Ballroom, with performances by Old Crow Medicine Show, Tracksuit Wedding and Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts. The annual concert will raise money for Take Note Colorado, the five-year-old, statewide initiative to provide equitable access to instruments and music education for every K-12 student in Colorado, organizers said. So far, Take Note has granted more than $700,000 to organizations across the state, officials said. Tickets are available now. (

Bring your recyclables to the Assembly Plant at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marisco Campus throughout October to support kids’ activities. “In order to keep the exhibit running smoothly, we need your help stocking up on clean, recycled goods for kiddos to turn into spaceships, crowns and critters!” museums officials wrote. They accept cardboard boxes and cartons (no milk), egg cartons (no Styrofoam), square and round plastic containers, plastic lids and bottles, and cardboard tubes. All donations can be dropped off at the donation station near Ready Vet Go during a museum visit, or at the front desk.

For Breast Cancer Awareness month, which runs through the month of October, Denver Premium Outlets has partnered with the Susan G. Komen 2022 campaign, Shop with Purpose, organizers said. Customers can purchase a digital Discount Pass for $10, valid for discounts at select participating retailers like Under Armour, Old Navy Outlet, Helzberg Diamonds Outlet and more. Visit for a complete list of deals and events.

The University of Colorado men’s basketball team plans to host the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the CU Events Center for a special exhibition game on Sunday, Oct. 30, with ticket proceeds going to the Boulder County Wildfire Fund, according to The collaboration between the CU Boulder Department of Athletics and the Community Foundation of Boulder County has been “working closely with government, business and nonprofit partners to address the immediate, short- and long-term needs of the community,” organizers said. Tickets are $15 for bench seats and $20 for chair-back seats (

Timberline Fire Protection District will benefit from a haunted house in Gilpin County, which runs select days Oct. 21-31 in Rollinsville (between Nederland and Blackhawk off Highway 119). The Haunted Stage Stop is an old-school haunted house, “in an actual haunted venue,” wrote organizer Andy Reiner. It’s not his group’s first haunt — they ran Haunted Ferncliff in Allenspark in 2020, and Spookygrass at the Gold Hill Inn in 2021 — but it looks to be one of the biggest with “three floors of fear.” Tickets are $20-$25, with upgrades available for booze and line-skipping. (

In terms of charitable donations based on retail, Colorado-based cannabis dispensary chain LivWell this month announced it had raised $100,000 over the last quarter by urging customers at 21 statewide locations to round up their change for Boulder County Wildfire Fund donations. The LivWell Cares philanthropic arm makes donations — about $2.5 million at this point. they said — and offers in-kind to support Food Bank of Larimer County, Tiny Homes Village, AIDS Walk, and others, according to The company selects new charities to benefit on a regular basis, a LivWell publicist said.

To date, Boulder County Wildfire Fund has raised more than $40 million from over 77,000 donors, officials said. Funds have been identified to address rebuilding costs, financial assistance for victims, insurance, crisis and mental health counseling, child care and other immediate needs. (

In non-wildfire news, Matt Smith’s two-year-old recording project, Intercontinen7al, is about to release a third album that’s designed to draw attention to the International Rescue Committee (IRC) charitable cause. Smith, who moved to Castle Rock earlier this year, is the coordinator for a virtual band of musicians “that is the first and only music act to ever record and release songs including original music recorded from all seven continents,” he wrote. (He’s awaiting the Guinness Book of World Records’ response.) The new album will include an original composition from both Ukrainian and Russian musicians collaborating to promote peace, he said. All proceeds from “Volume 3,” as it’s called, will be donated to the IRC. (

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