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The Cash Scanlon Phillips Foundation announces the seventh annual Concert for Cash ($25/ticket) at the Breckenridge Brewery/Colorado Craft at 2220 Blake Street , Denver. Doors open at 6:30pm on Friday, January 31,2014, featuring The Funk Disco Dance band Boogie Machine. Now in its seventh year, the event also features a silent auction of items that range from sports equipment and memorabilia, to wine, art, and professional services from around the Denver metro area (charitable contributions for the auction still being accepted thru Jan. 8th).
So, what’s the reason for the high-energy, dance party to Put simply: To keep on keepin’ on. In May 2007, Tess and Page Phillips lost their tiny son to an incurable, degenerative disease called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) just five months after he was born. Though devastated, the couple refused to crumble, embarking instead on a constant quest to live every moment in tribute to their son, Cash Phillips. By January of 2008, joined by a fervent following of family and friends who called themselves “Team Cash,” the couple had managed to launch the first ever Concert for Cash. It was a concert that would both honor their son and benefit The Children’s Hospital to build a memorial garden.
That was nearly seven years ago, and in the time since, this event has not only ensured that the $60,000 garden got built, but also has gone on to raise additional funds for The Children’s Hospital, including funding for its Bereavement Program and the International Adoption Clinic at Children’s. This year, the Cash Scanlon Philips Fund, now a 501(c)(3), but still known as Team Cash to its longtime friends, sets its sights on raising money for The Children’s Hospital emergency department.
To read more about the Phillips family and the network of people who have rallied around them to support The Children’s Hospital and the spirit of living fully in the face of grief, visit www.concertforcash.com.
My name is Sarah Male and I am an intern at The Conflict Center. I have been an intern since mid-August 2013 and I will be continuing my internship here through the spring semester. I am a student at Community College of Denver, getting my Associate degree in Human Services. I found this small non-profit through my father who has worked with nonprofits for 30 years and knows Ron Ludwig, The Conflict Center’s Executive Director.
The work The Conflict Center does is outstandingly superb. The staff here really tries to do their best in creating peace in peoples’ lives, as well as in schools. One of the programs they do here is Social Norming with teens in high schools to prevent dating violence, and they also have a program called Reading for Peace. Interns and volunteers from The Conflict Center go to elementary schools and read to first through fifth grade students about creating peace and not bullying.
The Conflict Center also offers classes like Transforming Anger and Conflict into Allies (TACA), a class that teaches anger and conflict management skills to adults. I recently finished TACA and it was a good class. We learned how to manage anger better, and techniques to help solve conflicts. Each week of class we would come in and share how our week was, the challenges we faced, and if we were able to use any of the skills we had learned. It is important that we learn how to manage our anger and use it well. I encourage people to take this class.
Throughout my school semester I have participated in trainings for Playground Conflict Management with elementary schools, Restorative Justice, and Classroom Management. I have also gone to schools with the other interns and staff members to assist with Reading for Peace and Playground Conflict Management. I am also helping with client intake and program evaluation activities, which is good because it is important to keep accurate records and to measure the impact that The Conflict Center’s classes have on participants’ lives.
I feel really lucky that I am an intern at The Conflict Center, where they try and change lives and make peoples’ lives better. After I finish my Associate degree, I will continue my education and get my Bachelors in Social Work or Public Policy. I want to help people and change lives and change the world. We need peace. I am not sure what the future will bring me next year but I hope to make a difference to these kids and teens here at The Conflict Center.Read More
The Board of Directors of the Conflict Center endorses Amendment 66 which is on the ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in the State of Colorado. The Conflict Center does not typically take positions on electoral issues UNLESS the issue is one that directly impacts our mission, our work, or our clients. Amendment 66 directs that tax increases will be specifically channeled to classrooms and that proportionately more funds go to schools with high enrollments of students who are at risk of academic failure, defined—at least in part—as students eligible for free or reduced lunch or who are English language learners. This is consistent with the emphasis of the Conflict Center of serving youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.
While the Conflict Center actively supports Amendment 66, we encourage voters to examine this topic and form their own opinions. Click here for an analysis of the issue by EdNews Colorado. EdNews does not take a position for or against the Amendment but offers a good review of what the Amendment does and the arguments put forward by the major groups supporting and opposing the measure.
The Colorado Nonprofit Association (which has also endorsed Amendment 66), is sponsoring a series of free information sessions across the state in partnership with the Rose Community Foundation. These sessions are designed to answer voters’ questions on Amendment 66 and provide access to resources that voters may use to educate themselves on this proposed legislation. Click here to register for an information session or access CNA’s educational resources on Amendment 66.
We encourage our friends and supporters to seriously study Amendment 66 and to consider voting yes on this ballot measure.Read More