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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mom’s Night Out Productions moves beyond movie nights to stage uplifting and fun evening for busy parents 

DENVER – Moms spend a lot of time working, raising their family and caring for their community. It’s what makes a Mom’s night out so important. Yet, many Denver women find difficulty taking a break from their responsibilities in a way that still allows them to feel good about the time away from home.

Mom’s Night Out Productions, LLC was founded in 2016 to help alleviate that issue by creating fun, social events that help raise money for education. Next up for the organization is “The Mom UP! Project,” on Thursday, Jan. 25, an evening of camaraderie promising pop-up shops from unique merchants and two cash bars. A highlight of the evening will be the “30 UP! Showcase,” where attendees will hear from a wide range of expert speakers on topics ranging from the state of education and child/family temperament to women’s sexual health and the afterlife.

In addition, each attendee will receive a swag bag filled with offers from participating businesses. The best part: $8 from each ticket sold will be donated back to the Colorado school of your choice.

“Moms need a night out. That will never change. But they also want to raise funds for education,” said Tricia Chinn-Campbell, who founded Mom’s Night Out Productions. “This event will be a unique evening combining everything that helps to shape the communities we live in. That is what fueled the Mom UP! Project—a mom-strong community combined with social responsibility to help our schools and local businesses.”

Last year, the organization’s movie night fund-raisers for individual public school PTAs proved so popular, Campbell decided a broader event helping a larger number of schools was needed. Held at The Hangar at Stanley in Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood, The Mom UP! Project will welcome up to 1,500 people to enjoy shopping, experiential romps and mingling all for a great cause. What’s more, attendees will be greeted at the door with unique swag bags sure to be the talk of the evening (previous swag bags at Mom’s Night Out events have included gifts and offers valued at more than $500).

The evening’s 30 UP! Showcase will focus on a variety of topics. Those scheduled to appear include:

  • Eric Gorski, bureau chief of Chalkbeat Colorado – the non-profit news organization committed to covering education
  • Chef Maggie O’Toole, cooking teacher and professionally trained chef
  • Heather Hunter, evidential spirit medium
  • Sarah Stabio, owner of The Bar Method Denver Stapleton and certified instructor
  • Wendy Gossett, temperament specialist who has given frustrated parents the “user manual” for their kids
  • Bridget Molloy, certified herbalist who specializes in sexual well-being and women’s health

“The speaker lineup is spot on for this audience,” Campbell said. “It’s my hope that every attendee will walk away feeling they’ve learned something new or have been enlightened in some way.”

Tickets for The Mom UP! Project at The Hangar at Stanley are currently available with “early bird” pricing: $20 for ticket w/ standard swag bag; $35 for ticket w/ VIP swag bag. Early bird pricing is good through Dec. 15 after which prices increase to $27 and $42, respectively. For those who can’t make the event but still want to participate, digital swag bags are also available.

To purchase tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2910271
For more information, visit www.momupproject.buzz

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This year we were able to provide 1,038 students with backpacks full of school supplies through our Packz4Kidz program. We partnered with Ink Monstr Graphic Design and Print, and were able to serve three times the number of students than we did in 2016.  At the event, “Ink Monstr and Packz4Kidz Presents Denver Days” saw more than 2,000 people.

In addition to backpacks full of school supplies, students were provided with a water bottle, toothbrush/toothpaste/dental floss, a wooden toy car provided by Toys for Gods Kids and 190 students received a lunchbox. Sandwiches and drinks were provided along with an art wall for coloring, a bounce house, a water slide and other games. Famous Fadez Barber Shop gave way 300 free haircut coupons. Princesses Snow White and Anna attended from Princess Ever After. The Denver Police Department also participated with one of their cars and the Denver Fire Department arrived with a fire truck the kids could sit inside.

Founder Jessica Bachus said, I wanted to honor Kenzi turning 10 this year and give away 1,000 backpacks. We did that and more. I will never be able to see Kenzi pick out a backpack or school supplies but it was amazing seeing the smiles on the faces of the children we were able to serve. Without my team and our sponsors and partners, we would have never been able to grow Packz4Kidz this much in one year. I am incredibly lucky to have so many who believe in the work we do.”

Packz4Kidz sponsors and vendors included Telemundo Denver, Safelite AutoGlass, 1 Up Drone, Altitude Contracting, Titan Construction, Civitan Club of Aurora, Fresh Start, Red Bull, Pepsi, KS Morning Show, Delta Dental, Wahoos, Ogib Creative, Ramos Injury Law Firm, DJ Low Key and & DJ Pat A, Perky Jerky, Jammy Pack, Sun Valley Youth Center and Denver Preschool Program.   

A special thanks goes out to the 75 volunteers that contributed 241 volunteer hours to making this event a success. We couldn’t do it without you!

After the event, we received such an outpouring of thanks and gratitude from the families we were able to support.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you and your organization. Today I received three very nice backpacks full of school supplies, not to mention the food and fun activities include. (All free) I was very worried about how I was going to provide all three of my children with the school supplies necessary, beining a single mother with  just enough to pay the monthly bills, I was in a panic. Until I came across your website, knowing they are all set, excited and very happy to start school! I can’t express enough how very grateful and humble we are! Thank you to you and your amazing team for making this possible! You are all truly Angel’s her on Earth! My family and I hope you have very blessed year! Thank you again, Barbara M.
 

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Dolls for Daughters expresses their gratitude for another hugely successful Bowl-A-Thon held on March 11th at the Brunswick Zone in Westminster. Our 9th annual event was so popular that it sold out and increased visibility for businesses within our community while supporting a charity that focuses on giving back to underprivileged children and their families in Colorado.

There were 428 brand new toys donated that will be given to low-income children on Saturday, December 2nd.

Our 50/50 drawing was also an enormous success and the winner received $727.50! Our organization raised $1,155.00 total during the event that moves us toward reaching our overall goal of positively impacting the lives of 10,000 children in Colorado.

Thanks so much to the generosity of our sponsors: Sanitas Progressive Skin Health, Platte River Mortgage & Investments Inc., By the Numbers Bookkeeping & Accounting, PorchLight Real Estate Group, AB Court Reporting & Video, Orange Theory Fitness, Bachus and Schanker Cares Foundation, and Miller & Associates CPAs LLC. We couldn’t have done it without each of you!

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Our 1st Annual Fort Collins Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop was held on Saturday, December 3rd , at the Nights of Columbus. The doors opened at 9 am with volunteers ready to serve those in line looking for gifts this holiday season for their children. Our event was able to serve 346 children and 149 families with a total of 2,422 items going out the door!  

Serving such a large number of children takes a lot of volunteers, 111 to be exact!  We had 32 volunteers from the Fort Collins High School Baseball Team and 79 volunteers from throughout the community including from Kohls and YMSL FortCollins (Young Men and Moms Making a Difference).

One high school volunteer even helped with the difficult task of going over our pre-gift survey with our Spanish speaking families. This young man is currently in Spanish 4 at Fort Collins High School and we think he deserves an A for his help!

Another volunteer, a mom, was thankful for this experience because it allowed her to spend time with her son who also volunteered. Helping others in need together reminded her what’s really important over the holiday season.

The volunteers helped each child in line receive a new toy, stocking, stocking stuffer, and book. In addition, each child received a toothbrush/toothpaste kit courtesy of Delta Dental.

We were also able to provide 100 toys to Crossroads Safehouse in addition to those children served at our toy shop. As our program grows in Fort Collins, we look to partner with other agencies that work with children who would otherwise go without a new toy at Christmas.

We want to extend a huge thank you to all who volunteered their time or donated items/money, and to the sponsors of the event; Bachus and Schanker Cares Foundation, Delta Dental, and Twisted Lens Photo Colorado. Thank you for all your support to make our Toy Shop a success!  

It is such an honor to be able to deliver holiday cheer to children who need a little extra love in their lives.

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Longmont Toy Shop Event Success

On Saturday, December 3rd, we held our First Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop sponsored by Longmont Ford.  Through the efforts of many volunteers and donations, we are pleased to announce that this event was an absolute success!

219 families and 701 children were served, receiving toys and other donated goodies.  Toys were supplied by Victory Motors of Colorado, Paint Pros, and Autoplex (all local Longmont companies), Longmont Modern Dentisty supplied toothbrushes and toothpaste, Chick-Fil-A provided 300 gift cards, and Safeway donated 600 donuts!  The majority of the money donated for toys came from Longmont Ford employees with owner Mike Peebles filling in the rest where needed.

Donations, both physical and monetary, are absolutely necessary for a Toy Drive’s success, but even more important are the volunteers who run the show.  Our Longmont Toy Shop saw 60 volunteers, all Longmont Ford employees and their families!  With such an amazing turnout of volunteers, it’s no wonder we were able to serve so many children and families this holiday season!

Every volunteer and recipient left with a smile on their face and warmth in their heart.

The Longmont Ford staff had their company party that evening after the event and it seems the Toy Shop event was the talk of the evening.

One volunteer said, “I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The Toy Shop was well organized and flowed very smoothly!  It was a wonderful feeling to see the excitement in the children’s faces!  It shouldn’t only be at Christmas that this happens, but that’s the way life is.  I hope that this event is the first of many.  It truly was a sight to see and even more heartfelt when you were there helping in the midst of it all!  I definitely will volunteer again.  I mean really… what else would a Grannie do?!” – Joyce-Family Member of Longmont Ford Employees.

We agree Joyce, the love and gifts the children received at this event should be felt year-round, but at the very least, we are happy to have been able to provide such a successful and joyful event during this special time of year. We want to extend a huge thank you to all of the volunteers, donors, and sponsors whose generosity made this all possible.

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Saturday, December 3rd marked our 7th Annual Denver Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop.  Our goal was to serve 5,000 children, providing each child with a new toy, a Lego set, a stocking, a new stocking stuffer, a new book/bookmark and a new toothbrush and toothpaste kit. Through the help of countless volunteers, we nearly hit our mark and served 4,609 children and 1,404 families!  Every recipient left our venue full of joy and smiles.

As families lined up to get their tickets for the Toy Shop, they were greeted by volunteers in Disney characters.  Local police officers helped hand out socks, Telemundo distributed food and snacks, and many other vendors had booths with helpful information for the families.  Our lucky first person in line even won a brand new TV! (you can see her reaction here) It’s such an amazing feeling to provide such service to our community.

We wanted to extend a special thank you to the following companies for their generous contributions: Operation Warm for giving away 1,200 coats, Sock it to ‘Em Campaign for giving away 6,550 pairs of socks, and Walgreens for giving 171 flu shots.  A total of 59,086 items went out the door on Saturday including our new Kenzi Bear.

One participant had this to say about the event:

“….I want to say thank you so much! The teddy bears are something we’re going to cherish and have a special place for in our hearts forever… Especially my daughter MaKenzie. I am from Pueblo and I have a good size group that I’m pretty sure would love to volunteer if you had a Toy Shop in Pueblo. Please keep me updated. And again thank you so much for everything.” –Greatful Mom from Pueblo.

Knowing how much happiness and joy we deliver to these children and their families is why we continue providing these Toy Shops year after year.  We realize that gifts are not the meaning of the holiday season, but when you come from a family that doesn’t have much to begin with, receiving coats, socks, and a teddy bear can make all the difference for a child and their parents.

We could not have reached these numbers without the support of the drop-off locations, sponsors, volunteers, and the generous donations you from all of you throughout the year. Thank you for helping us make the holidays brighter for children in Colorado and for honoring my daughter Kenzi for the 10th year.

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Thursday, November 3rd marked our Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Drive Kick Off Party!  The evening was hosted at the fashionable clothing store, Garbarini, who offered guests who brought in a new toy donation valued at $20 or more, 20% off their entire purchase that evening.  Many of our donors walked out with fabulous new clothing that they can feel great about wearing since the toy donation will help kids in need have a brighter holiday season.  Guests also enjoyed champagne, beer, finger foods, and good company.

Joining us for the evening were familiar faces as well as new ones, all wanting to be a part of raising money for the toy drive.  Between the 25 guests who attended the event, we raised $660 and collected 30 new toys!  Every little bit counts and these donations will go a long way in ensuring the girls and boys around Denver will have an enjoyable Christmas.

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If you missed out on our Toy Drive Kick Off Party, but still want to donate a new toy to the toy drive, please check out our Toy Drive page for drop off locations and times.  http://www.dollsfordaughters.com/toy-drop-off-locations/

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14079557_1067060453369679_7966113507748325448_nLast Saturday, August 20th, Dolls for Daughters had the pleasure of participating in the Kids Choice 5th Annual Health and Wellness Fair.  This incredible event is hosted by Kids Choice Dental and its aim is to give back to the community by serving free food and desserts, giving away raffle prizes, playing music from a guest DJ, and providing an opportunity for local youth dance groups to perform.  With over 1500 people attending this event, it’s an amazing opportunity for companies who provide services to lower income families to educate, enlighten, and engage attendees and participants about the options available to them.

Kids Choice Dental provided free dental, vision, and ortho screenings for families at the fair.  They also offered a cleaning with X-rays for only $49.  Quality dental care can be difficult to obtain for some families and this event makes these necessary services available for anyone who attends!

Other highlights from the fair include 70 bicycles that were given away as well as a bicycle repair area for attendees to bring their own bikes to be serviced.  Other companies such as UPS, were looking for employees and providing new job opportunities.

Dolls for Daughters has been lucky enough to be invited to this event for the past three years and we look forward to continued participation!  Our goal at this event is to inform and educate the community about our Annual Toy Shop (held in December) which provides assistance to 6,000 children ages birth to 18 by gifting each child with a new toy, a Lego set, a stocking, a new stocking stuffer, a new book/bookmark and a new toothbrush and toothpaste kit.  We have also partnered with Walgreens for the past two years to offer free flu shots to those who attend our Toy Shop.

Our participation at the fair also serves to enlighten the community, and other companies, about the various ways Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz offers assistance and support for those in need.

Thanks to our Packz for Kidz program, we were able to give out 16 backpacks filled with school supplies to some of the kids who attended the Health and Wellness Fair this year.  (The other 286 backpacks were given out at our official Packz for Kidz event earlier this month.)

We love opportunities to connect with and educate those in our community who could benefit from the services and programs Dolls for Daughters offers.  We thank board member, Alex Benko for his time spent running the DfD table at the Health and Wellness Fair this year and helping us make those connections and relationships that will ensure our success in the community.

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As much as I enjoy helping kids in the community, it gives me great pleasure to get others involved in the work as well!  When a local company decides to jump in and host an event that benefits Dolls for Daughters, not only do I feel gratitude for the partnership, but I am proud that they are choosing to donate their time, money, or resources to help the community and kids around them.  Kendra Scott Jewelry in North Cherry Creek is one such business who has partnered with us to make a difference.

Last Thursday, August 11th, Kendra Scott hosted an event at her shop to raise funds for our Packz 4 Kidz program where we serve kids in our community by giving them new backpacks and supplies to get them set up for success.  25 supporters attended the event and through their purchases of Kendra Scott jewelry, helped us raise almost $600!  One of the highlights of the evening was the signature Dolls for Daughters necklace that Kendra Scott designed specifically for us and the event!  (And yes, you can still purchase the signature piece!)

Dolls For Daughters Signature Piece

Some of the attendees were not familiar with Kendra Scott and were pleased to find the jewelry reasonably priced and perfectly fashionable!  Something to note, Kendra Scott will give you 50% off all purchases during your birthday month!  If that’s not a great birthday present, I don’t know what is.  If you do decide to stop in and shop, please let them know you heard of them through Dolls for Daughters!

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We are definitely looking forward to another partnership later in the year with Kendra Scott and we hope to see you there!

 

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Here at Dolls for Daughters, we work continuously to help the children in our communities and programs get the tools, supplies, and support they need to be successful, especially in their schooling.  One way we do this is through our Packz 4 Kidz program which we held on Sunday, August 14th and I’m happy to report that the event was a huge success!

This was our First Official Pack 4 Kidz event and with the 128 backpacks that were donated to us, plus our own 156 backpacks, we were able to serve 286 children in one day!  Each child received a fun backpack filled with school supplies that will help alleviate some of the financial stress families can feel surrounding going back to school.

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In addition to the backpacks, we were able to give away 47 water bottles, 250 toothbrushes and toothpaste kits from Delta Dental, 262 of our 2015 Dolls for Daughters book, and 69 lunch boxes.

Helping out and giving their time to ensure a smooth event, were 20 volunteers (the youngest being only seven!) who organized all of the supplies and backpacks, and made sure every child who came to the event was able to get their goodies!  Seeing the smiles on the faces of the children who got to pick out their own backpacks and the “thank you’s” from the parents made all of the hard work worth every second!  Everyone was so kind and happy and their gratitude reminds us why we do the work we do.

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Our success is attributed to the help and generosity we received from businesses in our community.  In particular, this Packz 4 Kidz event was made possible by Precision Homes who sponsored and hosted it.  We also want to give a huge Thank You to the following companies for their generous donations of backpacks, supplies, water bottles, and lunch boxes: Bachus and Schanker, Porch Light Real Estate, Orangetheory Fitness Lowry, Wystone’s World Teas, and Gnat Jewelers.

This one event is proof that when we come together and share our resources, we can really make a difference in the lives of those in our community.

 

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