Last Thursday, we held our first-ever virtual event: Together We Bloom. Thanks to our staff, a dedicated committee, and some great volunteers, we were able to execute an exciting virtual celebration. Although we couldn’t be in person, it truly felt like the community came together that night, and we’re so grateful to everyone who joined us.
Thanks to you, we were able to raise nearly $240,000 in support of BVSD students!
We were inspired to see the community unite in such a huge way, sharing our commitment to ensuring that as this new school year unfolds, every student is fully equipped and prepared to learn, whether in school buildings or from home.
That community support extended into the event itself. All of our musical performances and demonstrations for the evening had a connection to the community. Whether alum, parents, or residents, each is proud to support BVSD, and this support expanded across our silent auction items—each donated by members of the community, supporting local businesses. It was motivating to see everyone come together in a meaningful way.
Highlights from the evening
From Face Vocal Band and Hazel Miller, to Ultalowfi and Gasoline Lollipops, we heard from many attendees that they just might have found a new favorite band. And we can’t forget, Colorado Springs-grown OneRepublic closing out the night!
Along the way we had a delicious pasta demo and even a tasty drink demo you could follow along with at home if you had purchased the mixology add-on package. Executive Director Allison Billings and our amazing emcee, John Tayer, President and CEO of the Boulder Chamber, shared a bit about what we’ve been up to at IoE and why our work is more crucial now than ever. We shared a video to further clarify how the COVID crisis has affected our community specifically and the action IoE has taken to help alleviate the burden on our most impacted families.
Your contribution to our work is what makes it all possible. Whether donating, spreading the word to friends and family, or just taking the time to learn more about us, we can’t thank you enough for your support. As the event theme, Together We Bloom, suggests–when we work together and support one another, our community emerges even stronger! Although this school year will be unlike any other we’ve seen, we’ll get through it together.