Building Relationships Over Time: Digging Into Our Third Annual Corn Hole Tournament at Lone Tree

2015 was a whirlwind for Drink for Pink. We spent the first half of the year figuring out the research aspect of our charity as well as our non-profit status. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Anschutz, we were able to meet with Dr. Virginia Borges who gave us the push we needed to make Drink for Pink a reality.

As far as our non-profit status, we decided to table until 2016 by partnering with the Cancer League of Colorado, a wonderful local charity who share the same mission and vision we do. Once we knew where we wanted the money to go, it was time to start reaching out to breweries and hope somebody would give us a chance.

Enter Lone Tree Brewing Company (LTBC).

Through a bit of networking and cold emails, we were able to meet Christine who heads the charity division at LTBC. She is a fantastic person who immediately shared our passion; it was her dedication and creativity that kicked off one of our favorite annual events: The Lone Tree Corn Hole Tournament.

Since then, we have enjoyed a tremendous partnership with Lone Tree and can’t say enough good things about them. As a brewery, they always have something going besides delicious beer. From their Hop Zombie release, to weekly Brewery Bootcamps, check out their Facebook page and you will see something for every single day in the calendar.

We would be remiss to omit another huge influencer and positive factor in this relationship, Tasting Room Manager Emily Schofield. She is the steam behind all things DFP/LTBC, a tireless worker who helps us plan the Corn Hole tournament (this year we are expanding to 16 teams!) as well as other events in the past like a Beer + Chocolate pairing and a Drink for Pink Beer Dinner. In fact, just 48 hours before the beer pairing dinner at Lone Tree in 2016, our original chef backed out of the event. Emily ultimately saved the day by stepping up and finding a replacement! She also tagged along to our first ever Lab Tour for the 2015 recipient, picture proof here:

We raise a glass and thank LTBC and all of its wonderful employees for helping us make Drink for Pink a reality!

Here’s How to Support Drink for Pink This October

Donate to Drink for Pink and help us to cure breast cancer.

In the past two years, we have raised over $12,000 for local cancer research with your help. This year is shaping up to be bigger than the past two years combined. We have our sights set high – $20,000 in fact!

To get us there, we have put together an exciting lineup of events. We wanted to share how you could be a part of them! We have something for everyone, including non-beer drinkers aka cider fans!

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How Your 2016 Donations Benefited Breast Cancer Research

Alex addressing a crowd at a Drink for Pink event
As we celebrate our 2016 fundraising efforts, our 2017 events are just getting underway. If you haven’t yet, check out our second annual Brewery Bootcamp for Breast Cancer event happening next Saturday (9/30) at Dry Dock South Dock!

Our three key values at Drink for Pink are transparency, local (meaning keep the money in Colorado), and research (focusing on cancer research exclusively). A big part of both the research and transparency angles is providing a detailed breakdown of where our donations go at the end of each year. In 2015, our funds went to Dr. Diana Cittelly PhD from Anschutz Medical Campus. We were beyond thrilled to support Dr. Cittelly, and we were even able to tour her lab at Anschutz to learn more about her research.

Today, we’re excited to share where our funds went from 2016, and the research you all helped to fund with your donations.

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How Ann Wolta Battled Breast Cancer Twice and Built a Lasting Local Charity

As Drink for Pink enters its third year of operation, one of our goals is to continue to expand our partnerships to increase fundraising efforts within the community. We had an opportunity to partner with Ann Wolta’s Rally for the Cure event, a local golf tournament at Indian Tree benefitting men and women battling breast cancer in Colorado. Ann and her team have done an incredible job hosting an event that is celebrating its 9-year anniversary with over $105,000 raised. We sat down with Ann to learn more about her background and involvement in the fight for Breast Cancer.

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2016 Review and Transparency Report

Drink for Pink operates on three key values: research, local, and transparency. Our mission is to support critical breast cancer research local to the Colorado area in a transparent way.

Part of that transparency is letting you know exactly how much we raised in a given year and where it’s going. We did our first transparency report in 2015, and we’re excited to do it again this year!

I’ll start by just saying that 2016 was truly an amazing year. Although we fell short of our goal of hitting $10,000, we nearly doubled our donation from last year, partnered with some new breweries, and had 10 total events throughout the year! We can’t thank you enough for your support.

Looking forward, we’re setting some ambitious targets for this year. We think we can double our donation from this year and get close to that $25,000 mark we’re looking for to fully fund our own seed grant.

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