From 2010 – 2013, the Hatch Foundation hosted the annual Meanest Chili Cook-Off competition at the Oriental Theater in NW Denver.  Our goal was to manage our own event to raise funds for other local non-profits.  We utilized our team of volunteers and strong network of community-based partners to produce the event.  Over the years, the event included a competitive chili cook-off, jazz artists, poets, photo-booths and viewing of the Broncos game on the big screen.  Each year we chose a different beneficiary for the funds raised during our event.  

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  • 2010:  Raised $1,650 for the Fourmile Canyon Fire victims
    • The Fourmile Canyon Fire started on September 6, 2010 and burned 6,200 acres and 168 homes a few miles west of Boulder, Colorado. The fire was devastating to local fire districts and the homes of 12 firefighters burned, and one fire station and an engine inside it burned.  The funds raised were used to directly help those struggling to put their lives back together after this devastating fire.
  • 2011:  Raised $1,766 for the Denver Fisher House.
    • The Denver Fisher House is a home-away-from-home for veterans and active duty military that are in the area to visit a hospitalized family member. Additionally they provide accommodations for the family of hospitalized veterans and active duty military.  The funds raised were used for new electronics (TV’s, DVD players & alarm clocks) in each of the 9 guest rooms.
  • 2012:  Raised $3,100 for the Colorado Fire Relief Fund.
    • The Colorado Fire Relief Fund was established by Governor John Hickenlooper to provide private funding to support meeting unmet intermediate needs for individuals, families, community organizations, and volunteer fire departments affected by the devastating wildfires occurring across Colorado during 2012. All of the funding to be awarded through the Fund was raised from private sources including generous individuals, businesses, and foundations. Governor Hickenlooper appointed the chief executive officers from eight community foundations across Colorado to serve as the Allocation Board for this fund. The funds raised were used to write a check to the Colorado Fire Relief Fund 2012, managed by The Denver Foundation.
  • 2013:  Raised $2,500 for the Tennyson Center for Children
    • The Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home has grown to become one of the Rocky Mountain region’s leading treatment centers and K-12 schools for emotionally and crisis-affected children and youth, particularly those suffering from abuse and neglect. They serve children ranging in age from 5-18 and are dedicated to ensuring that these amazing kids have the fighting chance they deserve at a satisfying and fulfilling life.  The funds raised were used in conjunction with our 35 volunteers to remodel two 500 sq. ft. conference rooms that had not been updated in over 20 years.  

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