Nearly $3,000 was raised in six hours during the Flood Fundraiser Fair at Grandview Elementary School’s gymnasium on Oct. 19 to help students in the Greeley-Evans School District 6 and other victims in Weld County impacted by the flood.
The event included a silent auction, new winter wear clothing drive for the Greeley-Evans students, face painting, food booths, vendor booths from more than 15 local and home businesses, a Kid Village and a student bake sale, lemonade and farm stands.
Four parents — Lynsey Bosch, Jessica Kerr, Nichole Hill and Cassie Busch — from Grandview’s Parent Teacher Advisory Committee coordinated the event.
Kerr said more than $2,900 was raised during the event. Proceeds will go to the Long Term Recovery Relief Fund founded by The United Way of Weld County and The Community Foundation and Greeley-Evans School District 6.
“It really was an incredible experience to share in,” Kerr said. “Initially it began as an individual’s desire to make a difference for those affected by the floods. The suggestion to host an event for local businesses to raise funds for flood relief was shared with Grandview’s Parent Teacher Advisory Committee and Principal (Dave Grubbs). This transformed into the opportunity to create a space where all ages of our community can contribute to our neighbors’ well-being by raising funds for the Greeley-Evans School District 6 and the Long Term Recovery Relief Fund founded by The United Way of Weld County and The Community Foundation.”
Kerr said it turned into a collaborative effort that consisted of kids, parents, Grandview staff and businesses in the surrounding area.
“Not only were vendors invited to participate in this event, but also a space was created for kids to build capacity for helping others and to identify qualities that are essential in community,” Kerr said. “A winter wear item drive was created to assist with the needs of over 900 Weld County school students who were displaced from the floods. Students from 5 years to 18 years had lost everything. Three boxes of warm PJ’s of all sizes, both boys and girls, were donated, as well as about a dozen winter jackets, gloves and hats. Kid Village empowered kids by giving them the opportunity to take charge and ‘own’ their contribution by running a bake sale table, lemonade stand and farm stand, which sold produce grown in Grandview’s outdoor garden.”
Kerr said a service project opportunity was available where kids assembled “care-kits” for kids, which included teeth care supplies donated by local dentists.
“Other stations consisted of arts and crafts that focused on friendship and qualities of a healthy community,” Kerr said.
“Northern Colorado’s local Baha’i youth service group assisted kids with games that built skills of teamwork and cooperation, as well as accompanied kids in running the farm and bake sale tables and other stations. One of the most popular stations was face painting where 100 percent of funds were donated to flood relief. Overall, conversations of how we can work to create a community that works together for the betterment of others were shared throughout the day. The generosity of our community was expressed through so many wonderful vendors sharing their businesses, through silent auction donations from many Windsor businesses and the attendance of residents from our area. We are still in the process of collecting donations, but overall it looks as if our beautiful community has raised just over $2,900.”