With more than 250 attendees, the annual Wine and Dine for Horizons fundraiser at Colorado Academy inspired tremendous support from the CA community and helped to raise a substantial amount that will go to fund the organization’s annual operating costs. While Horizons makes its home on CA’s campus, the nonprofit must generate funds for all of its programming, salaries, and operational dollars.
Thanks to the efforts of Co-Chairs Alison Gile and Janie Ramseier, this community-building fundraiser made for an enjoyable evening filled with games, a moving program and video, a live auction, incredible food and wine from many restaurant and beverage sponsors, and a fun photo booth.
The fanciful design concept “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” was brought to life by dynamic decor duo of Allison Dodge and Rachel Aguirre and their dedicated team of volunteers. As always, the Wine and Dine committee provided tremendous support throughout the planning process and event set-up. Jose Martinez, Horizons former student and current staff member, shared the transformative impact of Horizons on his life. He evolved from a quiet and withdrawn student to his role now as an educator and a Horizons teacher.
CA parent Tom Kimball ‘89 handled the live auction like the pro that he is. Those in attendance gave a warm CA welcome to the new Horizons Interim Executive Director, Daniela Meltzer, who stepped into the role just a few weeks prior to the event.
The event netted more than $165,000. Horizons at CA serves more than 150 low-income students from Pre-Kindergarten through high school, providing academic and enrichment activities for six weeks each summer and on multiple Saturdays throughout the school year. The program has been operating at CA for more than two decades and is one of more than 50 Horizons chapters nationwide.
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