This week, our Colorado movers took to Facebook to ask whether or not people are hoping the Groundhog sees his shadow this Thursday. While we can’t give a definitive answer as to whether or not we’re crossing our fingers for the Spring (which we are), we can certainly take this Wednesday to post about some of the awesome events that take place in the state of Colorado for this holiday.
First up we have Aurora, Colorado. This Colorado town is home to Stormy Marmot, Colorado’s very own Groundhog’s Day groundhog, who makes the trip out into the fresh Colorado day to either observe his shadow or see nothing at all. While for years Stormy Marmot has been disagree with famous “Punxsutawney Phil” of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, plenty of locals still believe in Stormy’s psychic powers to come out and witness the event!
Durango, Colorado also hosts a Tug-o-War match where two teams are pitted against each other to find out what season will reign supreme. The “6 More Weeks of Winter” Team consists of those snow enthusiasts who aren’t quite ready to give up their powder time vs. the “Early Spring” Team full of locals who are ready to get back to hiking, biking and fishing. Choose your favorite and come out to help your team!
For us as Colorado movers, it doesn’t matter whether the groundhog sees his shadow or not because we’ll just keep on moving! Make sure you check us out on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all our other great Colorado moving tips as well as fun things going on in the state of Colorado!
At Exodus Moving and Storage, we consider it our civic duty to contribute positively to our community. We are happy to promote a long list of worthwhile organizations and charities in our area that we feel are doing good things. It’s a unique and wonderful opportunity that is brought about by success. And as the premier locally owned Colorado Moving and Storage company serving the greater Denver Metro and beyond, we are excited to give something back.
With great power comes great responsibility. Because of our hard work and the success that we have achieved as a result, we are constantly searching for new ways to help out and new people to team up with to make our world a better place. This year, we are proud to team up with the Glendale Chamber of Commerce to promote a mile long race and fundraising event being held on July 18th called the Denver Metro Mile.
The Greater Glendale Chamber of Commerce
The main focus of the GGCC is “Building a Greater Glendale”. Often referred to as a “village” as a result of its small town feel, the city of Glendale is a thriving location to live and work. The chamber acts as a business development bridge between the community and the government within Glendale’s borders. Facilitating community events as well as promoting its membership to enhance growth is a constant priority for the chamber. A lively, high energy group of individuals, the membership is made up of enthusiastic movers and shakers who are committed to neighborhood development. This year, they are happy to host the 5th annual Metro Mile at Infinity Park in Glendale Colorado.
Who Does the Metro Mile Benefit?
This year’s Metro Mile will benefit Donors Choose, Lowes Good Neighbor Policy and the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign. Donors Choose is an organization designed to assist teachers and students directly with their needs inside the classroom. Donors can search through wish lists of things required and donate in any denomination to any project of their choice. http://www.donorschoose.org/
Lowes Good Neighbor Policy was created by the chairman of Lowes Hotels in 1990. In addition to donating excess from the hotel to community organizations in need, they also promote various local and national events to promote awareness and raise funds for good causes. http://www.loewshotels.com/en/aboutus/goodneighbor
The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign provides scholarship services for children from disadvantaged families who are in need of the camps, classes and other recreational activities offered by the YMCA but could otherwise not attend as a result of financial hardship. http://www.ymcastrongkids.org/
For Information about the Metro Mile or the Charities being benefitted please visit:
Health and wellbeing go hand in hand with happiness and ultimately success. At Exodus Moving and Storage, we understand that our business is about people. Facilitating opportunities for both active living and philanthropy brings an energy and vibrancy to our neighborhoods that cannot be denied. We are committed to giving our full support to causes and events that improve the social climates in which we live and work. In our endless quest to improve the quality of life in our communities, Exodus Moving and Storage is proud to team up with Larry Harte and the Glendale Chamber to bring the 5th annual Metro Mile to Denver.
What Is The Metro Mile?
The concept behind the Metro Mile has been simple since its inception: A mile long race created to bring the community together and raise money for charity. Neighborhood businesses come together to promote health and community involvement and runners get to test their speed. At 6:45 am the race begins on July 18th 2011. Each runner will be given a timing tag that electronically scores the race as well as a t-shirt and race bag filled by sponsors to commemorate their involvement. All participants are encouraged to setup their own fundraising page, invite people to attend and participate as well as to donate to the charities being benefited. After the race, the day is filled with live music and excellent food in addition to a free movie night and family activities designed to celebrate the summer and foster a sense of small town togetherness.
For more information about the race and how you can participate and contribute:
What is Infinity Park?
The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Metro Mile at Infinity Park. Centrally located in Glendale CO, Infinity Park is an 8 acre complex complete with a multipurpose sports field, walking and jogging paths, a BBQ area, a state of the art fitness center, the US’ first municipal synthetic turf rugby stadium and more. Summer events include live concerts, movies shown on a jumbotron and sporting events of all kinds. Complete with free Wi-Fi throughout and a Pavilion including an International Ballroom able to host 1,200 people for a reception, this amazing park truly has something to offer everyone.
For more information, news and events at Infinity Park:
Anyone who is involved in their local community can tell you that the well being of children should be irreplaceable focus in any urban development. When it is said that the children are our future, at Exodus, we believe it whole heartedly. And when it comes to improving the conditions that surround these infinite bundles of potential, we are very happy to put our money and our work where our mouth is.
Recently, we were pleased to participate in a Realities for Children fundraising event. We donated our moving services to support their Four Deuces Event. Exodus moving crews moved the poker tables and other items to both set up and tear down the festivities. We are proud to be supporting contributors to this event for Realities for Children and also to continue our annual donation to their Bikes for Tykes drive because we very much believe in what they do.
What is Realities for Children?
A charitable organization and certified non profit 501(c)3, Realities for Children was originally established in 1995. Created for the purpose of raising funds and offering much needed services to abused and neglected children in Larimer County, this Colorado based charity helps over 15 local children’s agencies accomplishing its main goal of supporting the most vulnerable and disenfranchised members of the community, it children. Because of its unique partner sponsored approach to fund raising, Realities for Children boasts an active membership of over 140 local businesses such as Exodus Moving and Storage, and is as a result able to use 100% of all its fundraising for the direct benefit of at risk youth.
Four Deuces Event
One of the most impacting awards created by Realities for Children is the Triumph Awards. This endowment fund partners with the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado to offer mentorship programs and award scholarships to abused youth giving them the opportunity and means to rise above their current circumstances. The Fort Collins Series of Poker is the longest running charity poker event in all of Colorado and has been nationally recognized by the World Series of Poker. Along with the Four Deuces Charity Event, it gives amateur players the opportunity to go up against world class professionals for the fun, the thrill and most importantly, for the children. These efforts have been raising awareness and funds and positively impacting the lives of the youth in the community who need it the most.
This years Triumph Awards are taking place this Friday, April 15th. For more information http://www.triumphawards.com/
And for more information about Realities for children please visit their website:
Being active in the community is not just a common practice with Exodus Moving and Storage, it’s a passion. We put in time, effort and resources when and wherever we can and it is truly our delight to see the positive impact that we can make in the lives of those around us. Giving is a shared experience that benefits those giving and receiving. And as a leader in our industry, we strive to lead by example, putting our energy towards showing other businesses that we can make a difference by working together.
Last week we had the pleasure to participate once again in an annual event called the Fairy Godmother Project. With the careful organization this year on the part of Dee Valdez, this national phenomenon has once again found a home here in Colorado and we have been very proud to support its worthwhile efforts.
What is the Fairy Godmother Project?
The Fairy Godmother Project is a donation based annual boutique that gives economically disadvantaged teenagers who cannot afford expensive Prom and other formal event attire the opportunity to receive help. Various states participate in this drive and several collection points are set up throughout a city and then consolidated and showcased for selection. VIP teens can be nominated for special consideration and then the boutique opens to the public and survives completely on a “pay what you can” basis. The boutique in Loveland usually runs several hours per day throughout Prom season and is able to help hundreds of high school students from Northern Colorado and beyond. Including information on acne treatment, makeup and hair tips as well as other helpful additions for teens, this spring time event is a great way to support students during what could otherwise be a very insecure season in their lives.
Happy to have been storing dresses of all colors and sizes in one of our state of the art storage facilities, Exodus has donated both space and time to this worthwhile event and we are honored to contribute to its ultimate success.
For more information about how you can get involved check out The Fairy Godmothers Facebook page:
On October 8, 2010 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver, Exodus Moving and Storage presented the first annual SEAKR foundation gala. An evening of fine food & wine, silent auction, music and inspirational guest speakers, the night was a remarkable success. We were amazed at the support given to us by the community, the mayor’s office and the many local businesses that backed the families of fallen soldiers here in Colorado.
Because of the dedication of the caring businesses and individuals involved in this event, we were able to raise more than $15,000 for these families in need. And the best part is that the donations keep rolling in! As a result of these community efforts, we have been able to reach out to a family that desperately needed our help and save them from homelessness. We are currently evaluating new military families for what we can do to make them part of the SEAKR family. We learned a lot from our first event and we are looking forward to our next one where our hope is to raise more than $50,000 and add two new families to the SEAKR beneficiary list.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this important evening possible and we look forward to seeing more of our friends, customers and family at the 2nd Annual SEAKR event next October.
The Exodus Team
When it’s time to start packing, its easy to feel overwhelmed. With so many things to accomplish in a finite period of time, anxiety can build fast. And while you may be an incredibly organized person and have already secured an excellent moving company to help you through the process, there is a way to take the edge off of the amount of stuff that needs to be done and simultaneously not feel so alone. When it’s time to move, it’s time to plan a packing party!
A packing party is a great opportunity to turn a stressful situation into a downright festive occasion. It’s also a wonderful excuse to invite your friends, family members and neighbors to help out with your move. If you take a few hours to use an “all hands on deck” approach, the ship of your move is bound to have a much smoother sail.
Make the Guest List. Think about the people in your life and consider their strengths. Who among them is organized, detail oriented, or physically strong? Who has a lot of time and energy? Who is good with their hands or at taking things apart? Create a list of these people and invite them to your packing party.
Break It Down. Create 3 main categories by which to sort your stuff. We suggest the following: to keep, to store, and to get rid of. The “to keep” and “to store” piles are being packed away, but the “to get rid of “pile is most important for your packing event. This group can be broken down into 4 groups: to recycle, to sell, to donate and to toss. During your packing party you can use your guests to clear this area by taking items to local recycling centers, local charity organizations or taking things that they might need for their homes.
Create a Theme. Themes inevitably make parties more fun. They give a sense of direction and help everyone who attends to know how best to help. One theme idea might be a “Box, Wine Party”. Have each person you invite bring an empty packing box and a bottle of wine. Tell them that they are to help fill the box and help empty the bottle!
Use your Resources. If you have 5 people coming to your house, divide tasks up and give people jobs. Ask one person who likes to cook to help pack your kitchen. Have another person who is very interested in philanthropy take the load of clothes that need donated over to the Salvation Army. By assigning tasks to people according to their areas of expertise, they are more likely to be both useful to your moving cause and excited to participate.
It’s that time of year again, the one right after costume time. Time to put away the gigantic plastic spiders and cotton webbing. It’s time to re-store the life size garden ghouls and find a place for the glow in the dark skulls to rest until they are needed again next year. It’s that time of the year right after Halloween when you find that more than ever, you need storage!
Halloween can be an eventful part of the season. All the dressing up and party decorating can give a real boost to the creative kid within you. But after the party is over and you are properly recovered from your sugar high, you realize that every year you seem to acquire more stuff. Of course we recommend having separate storage for Holiday decorations but here are some tips on how best to keep the scariness to a minimum:
- The Comb Over. A common mistake in wig storage and costumes that are primarily fur based is forgetting to brush them out before storing them. After the party they are often knotted, dirty or wet. It is important to try to get them back to their original state before putting them away. Airing and combing them out will insure that your long black Elvira wig and Ware Wolf costume will live to see another party day.
- Keep it Cool. Remember that humidity and temperature can have a great effect on fabric. If these factors do not remain constant, fibers expand and contract over time causing the deterioration of color. For your more expensive costumes and long term material storage in general, we suggest considering climate controlled storage.
- Color Wonder. Nothing says organization like color coding. If you are storing your Halloween stuff in boxes, use a large orange marker to label its contents. If you are able to purchase plastic bins, select appropriate colors like orange or purple. This will allow you to easily find what you are looking for when it comes time to drag it all out again next October.
- In Packaging We Trust. Whenever possible, it is great to save original packaging for all costumes and decorations. Often manufacturers take into consideration the long gevity of these items when designing their packaging.
There is nothing casual about the casualties of war. And when a soldier gives their life for their country, there is surely no greater a sacrifice. But as those left behind attempt to recover emotionally from such a loss, often they are also plagued by the practical difficulties of financial turmoil. While the military attempts to supplement this monetary loss, very often, these payments come up short leaving grieving families with nowhere to turn.
That’s why we support SEAKR.
The SEAKR Foundation is a unique, private non-profit organization dedicated to supporting military families whose spouse or parent was killed in action while serving our country.
On October 8, 2010 the SEAKR Foundation is holding their annual dinner and silent auction to raise awareness and funds. With a fantastic cause and program, we will celebrate the induction of 5 new Colorado families now supported by the SEAKR Foundation.
Where: Curtis Hotel When: October 8, 2010
1450 Curtis Street Silent Auction 5:30 p.m.
Denver, CO 80202 Dinner and Event 7:30 p.m.
Please join us to make this first annual fundraising event a true tribute to those who give their all for our freedom!
Today is the opening day for Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space, located in Larimer County. This natural area first opened last year and now is ready for hikers, horseback riders and outdoor enthusiasts to come and enjoy its’ beauty and activities.
Even though Northern Colorado has been experiencing some snow, there are still trails open and areas to experience just make sure you dress warm. Zoe Whyman, spokeswoman for Fort Collins Natural Areas says there is some snow and ice covering areas and that some trails could be closed because of the winter conditions, but not because there’s snow on the ground.
If your deciding what to do this week and/or weekend, consider visiting the 18,728-acre Soapstone Prairie, owned and operated by the city of Fort Collins, and 15,000-acre Red Mountain Open Space. This is the first time the prairie has been opened in March, so take advantage of the early opening and spend some time with Mother Nature!
More about Soapstone Prairie
Soapstone Prairie Natural Area is an integral piece of the Laramie Foothills Mountains to Plains Project, a partnered conservation effort to create a corridor of protected lands, linking the mountains to the plains. These lands are home to many species of wildlife, such as pronghorn, elk, swift fox, burrowing owls and golden eagles, and rare and threatened plants. Funding for Laramie Foothills Mountains to Plains properties came from Fort Collins and Larimer County dedicated open space sales taxes, Great Outdoors Colorado, The Nature Conservancy, Legacy Land Trust and private landowners.