April 2012 Newsletter

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Trips for Kids: April 2012

Building Healthy Confident Kids Two Wheels at a Time
Dear Andrew,

Can you believe it is already May?  Well, our beautiful spring weather has certainly not gone to waste this year and while Mother Nature has been generous with administering beautiful sunny days to Colorado, we have been out taking advantage of every opportunity to get kids on bikes.  But that isn’t all; recapping April included many Earn a Bike programs, a good supply of Ride days, a few special events and even a bike sale.  We also can’t forget, we introduced two new Ride Leaders to the family too.  Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder is proud to introduce Stephan Sheppard and Steve Maharg to the mix.  You can learn more about these fabulous guys by reading down below.

Our busiest time is still yet to come and as we mentioned before, our goals for this summer is to serve 1,500 youth in the ride program alone.  With that being said, there are tons of volunteer opportunities for you to be a part of.  Read below to learn more about how you can be a part of helping us achieve our goals!!


Happy Spring everybody!!


Christi Stafford

Executive Director

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Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved in our Ride Program…we are looking for your help.

Spring Sprung early and to date, Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder has served 296 youth in our Earn a Bike Program and 200 youth in our Ride program.  We have rides occurring almost daily now and we are looking for your support to help make new fun memories for a group of TFKD/B kids.

Here are just a few upcoming rides we are looking for your support on:

  • 5/10 – Morey Middle School @ Bear Creek Lake Park
  • 5/10 – Casey Middle School @ Picture Rock
  • 5/11 – FCC @ Bergen Park
  • 5/12 – DSST GVR @ Mt. Falcon
  • 5/16 – Shiloh Home @ Marshall Mesa
  • 5/22 – Hampden Academy @ Bear Creek Lake Park
  • 5/25 – FCC @ Three Sisters


More rides are being added daily all summer long.   To register for a ride, click here to see our calendar and select the date you wish to volunteer.

Boys and Girls Club at Elk Meadow
Give us your Feedback

We want to hear from you!

A few months ago, we introduced our new website and new method for signing up for volunteer events.  Please let us know how we are doing.  Does the calendar work for you?  Are you getting the information you need?  We want our youth and volunteers to have positive experiences with Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder.  If there are things we are doing well or can do better, we want to know, send feedback tocstafford@tripsforkidsdenver.org, or byclicking here to fill out form anonymously.

Chips4Kids a Huge Success!!

A very very special thank you to Coalesce Design & Fabrication for putting on an awesome event!!!


What a great night for the party-goes of Chips4Kids.  More than 200 people attended this super fun event to benefit Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder on Saturday 4/28.  After a night of low pressure, no consequence gambling at tables and over track racing, the event raised more than $8,000 to benefit TFKD/B.  Thank you to everyone who attended!  Click here to see pictures from the event.

First ever Friendraiser – a great start to a great season!

April 11th TFKD/B its first ever Friendraiser event.  Did you make it?  Did you bring a friend?  If so, share your pics with us.  It was a great night to spread the word about TFKD/B and all the exciting stuff coming up just around the corner.

ICO Riding in Fruita

May/June Events


You thought April was chucked full of stuff to do…check out May & June!!

Adult Kokepelli Ride – Are you a last minute planner?  A spot has just opened up for our Kokepelli Ride May 18-20.  This breathtaking ride will take a small group of riders from Fruita to Moab, UT through 142 miles of beautiful breathtaking terrain.  To learn more about this fundraising ride, click here.


Watercourse Foods Philanthropy Monday – Save the date and save your appetite!  Monday 5/28 is Trips for Kids Day at Watercourse Foods.  Come dine with us and 10-15% of all sales will go directly back to TFKD/B!!  To learn more, click here.


Ride The Rockies – Follow us on our adventures through Colorado on 5 scenic mountain passes, 2 national parks, and 24,937 vertical ft. over the course of 6 days and 442 miles. Wahoo!!!!!

Beti Bike Bash –
 Hosted by the Yeti Beti Race team, this race is just for the ladies, but that doesn’t mean the guys can’t come out and support the event.  The Beti Bike Bash, 6/10, has named TFKD/B as their 2012 benefactor for this event.  We encourage ladies to register to race in this fun, low pressure event, and are also looking for a few volunteers willing to outreach for TFKD/B at the event.  For more information about the event click here. To volunteer, click here.
Bailey Hundo – Looking for volunteers to support the 2012 Bailey Hundo on 6/16.  Not racing, consBailey Hundo Logoider signing up to support this 100mile mountain bike race and once again you are supporting TFKD/B.  To register as a volunteer for the Bailey Hundo,

Volunteer Hero

Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder is only successful, thanks to the tireless work of our volunteers. Every month in 2012, we will feature a volunteer who has helped make our programs a success!

Meet the Steve’s, two volunteers turned Ride Leaders!


Stephen Sheppard first became involved with Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder in late winter. When asked what inspired him to get involved, he reflected back on his first mountain bike and how hard he worked to save up for it. That first mountain bike open the world of racing, adventures and long rides. He comes to TFKD/B from the business world in both cycling and solar power. His favorite part about working with Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder is seeing the kids encourage each other to try new things and gain confidence.


Steve Maharg also first got involved with Trips for Kids as a volunteer in late winter. He is thrilled to be mountain biking with kids of TFKD/B as he is a self proclaimed “adventure nut”. He loves riding bicycles and recently finished the AIDS LifeCycle, a 580 mile cycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds and awareness for AIDS research. In addition to his commitment to Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder, Steve is also a highschool Spanish teacher for Jefferson County Public Schools.


Please welcome the Stephan and Steve to Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder and show them your support by volunteering on a ride with them.

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