GABBY KRAUSE FOUNDATION Wins Top $5,000 Donation in Citywide Banks Charity Hand-Up Contest

Citywide Banks NewsDenver nonprofit, Gabby Krause Foundation, edged out six other local charities to garner the most votes in Citywide Banks $8,000 Charity Hand-Up Contest. The 15-day Facebook contest aimed to raise awareness for seven Colorado nonprofits nominated by Citywide Banks employees. Gabby Krause Foundation will receive a $5,000 cash donation from the bank, while runner-up, Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, will receive $1,000. An additional $1,500 in donations will be split among the other nominees based on final vote standings. The Salvation Army Aurora Corps will receive an additional $500 for growing its Facebook network the most during the contest.

“Congratulations to the many supporters of the Gabby Krause Foundation and their Bags of Fun giving program,” commented Steve Ebner, first vice president of marketing at Citywide Banks. “Our Denver community is blessed with so many inspiring organizations impacting our neighbors. Our hope is that this spirited competition has introduced Bags of Fun and the other nominee organizations to many in the community. They all deserve our support and appreciation.”

Gabby Krause Foundation was founded 10 years ago to honor the legacy of an inspiring 5-year-old that lost her fight with brain cancer. As a distraction through numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, Gabby’s mom packed a backpack with fun toys, games, and books. “She called it her ‘bag of fun’,” explained Tammy Krause, Gabby’s mother and the founder and executive director of the foundation. “She asked me several times why other kids didn’t have one.” Sadly, Gabby passed away in September 2004, 19 months after she was first diagnosed.

Inspired by Gabby’s wish, the foundation now creates and hand delivers its customized backpacks filled with age-appropriate toys, books, and games to children at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Denver Health Medical Center, and other treatment locations. It is now delivering bags to nearly 400 kids a year facing cancer treatment.

The foundation says the $5,000 donation will fund about 12 full Bags of Fun, which cost about $400 each.

A full spotlight article on the Gabby Krause Foundation can be read at For more information on ways to donate your time or money, please visit

Contest Prize Drawing Winners
Winners of the voter prize drawings will be notified within the next week about their prize. The winners were Amanda G. of Aurora, CO($100 Fruition gift card), Joseph B. of Centennial, CO ($100 Fruition gift card), Amber C. of Highlands Ranch, CO($50 Tony’s Market gift card), Stacey N. of Littleton, CO($25 Starbucks card), Patti A. of Parker, CO ($25 Starbucks card), Blenda G. of Aurora, CO ($25 Starbucks card), Eric F. of Denver, CO (laser pointer pen with USB drive), Stephanie R. of Englewood, CO (laser pointer pen with USB drive), and Thad E. of Denver(laser pointer pen with USB drive).



COPS FIGHTING CANCER    View spotlight article
Cops Fighting Cancer (CFC) is a non-profit organization founded by cancer survivor and Aurora Police Officer, James Seneca. Cops Fighting Cancer helps cancer patients/families throughout the state of Colorado who are fighting this dreaded disease (7,000 helped to date). CFC will celebrate its 13th LONG BLUE LINE event on December 17, 2014 with 250 Colorado law enforcement officers delivering gifts to patients at Children’s Hospital.  Follow CFC on Facebook


At the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley we are committed to strengthening the bond between pets and people and being the community’s animal welfare resource. Our philosophy as a humane society is to serve the community by taking in lost, stray and abandoned animals and providing those animals with the best care during their stay at our shelter. Our passion is creating second chances and making matches that last a lifetime. We also provide enrichment programs for the animals in our care, including a social play group environment for both dogs and cats, high quality, reduced fee spay-neuter clinic, microchip and vaccination services, humane education programs, and dog training.   Follow HSSPV on Facebook

IMPACT ON EDUCATION  View spotlight article
Since 1983, Impact on Education has been an independent 501(c)(3) foundation dedicated to supporting all Boulder Valley public schools.  Through a diverse range of programs as well as strategic advocacy, Impact on Education’s strong ties within Boulder and Broomfield counties enables the foundation to leverage resources to reduce inequities among students considered at-risk, maximize innovative learning opportunities for all students, and promote teacher excellence.   Follow Impact on Education on Facebook

Enhancing Lives – Connecting Communities
The Parkinson Association of the Rockies supports, strengthens and empowers the Parkinson’s community in Colorado. We do this through education, promoting research, creating awareness, serving as an advocate and providing support services for the Parkinson’s community. The Parkinson Association of the Rockies provides the care that counts on the way to a cure!   Follow Parkinson Association on Facebook

35 Years of Helping Families in Crisis
Being alone in the hospital can be a traumatic experience, especially for children. And more than ever before, children in need of emergency treatment are being brought to Denver from rural Colorado and bordering states for expert medical care. For the past three and a half decades, Ronald McDonald House® Charities of Denver has offered a loving home away from home to families needing to be near their seriously ill or injured children while they’re being treated at metropolitan area hospitals.   Follow Ronald McDonald House on Facebook

SALVATION ARMY – AURORA CORPS   View spotlight article
The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Through its Aurora Corps Community Center, the Salvation Army provides disadvantaged families with food assistance, worship services, and other community services.  Follow the Aurora Corps on Facebook

About Citywide Banks
Family owned and locally focused since 1963, Citywide Banks specializes in commercial lending, deposit accounts and treasury management solutions for businesses throughout Denver and Boulder. The bank and its team of more than 250 Front Range employees is a proud supporter of hundreds of local charities through employee volunteering, financial contributions, and social media awareness campaigns. For more information, please visit the bank’s website at Citywide Banks is Member FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.


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