3d Lacrosse and Ferrari of Denver Partner For Holiday Toy Drive to Benefit Children’s Hospital Colorado
DENVER — 3d Lacrosse and Ferrari of Denver joined forces this month for the Holiday Toy Drive to collect gifts and raise funds to support Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Kicked off with a two-week collection period, the Holiday Toy Drive amassed nearly $20,000 worth of gifts — an estimated 3,000 presents in total — for the Colorado-based hospital serving a seven-state region thanks to a partnership that blossomed last year between 3d Lacrosse and Ferrari of Denver.
The Holiday Toy Drive culminated this week with a gala Tuesday night at the Ferrari of Denver dealership, where hundreds of community members gathered to raise funds and collect additional gifts for Children’s Colorado. In addition to piles of gifts in all shapes and sizes, silent auctions and donations raised nearly $8,000 to be donated to the hospital.
“This is an idea that Mark Dismuke and I had last year when we randomly bumped into each other at Children’s Colorado conducting separate gift drives through 3d Lacrosse and Ferrari of Denver,” said Greg Waldbaum, 3d Lacrosse’s CEO.
A member of the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation’s Corporate Leadership Council, Waldbaum and 3d Lacrosse staff were making their annual visit to the hospital in December of 2016. There, Waldbaum saw Dismuke, the General Manager of Ferrari of Denver and the father of a 3d Lacrosse alum, hauling gifts into the building.
“I told Mark that we should combine our efforts so that we could harness the power of both businesses’ networks, and he agreed,” Waldbaum said.
So what began as two solo efforts to support Children’s Colorado turned into a massive endeavor involving dozens of employees at 3d Lacrosse and Ferrari of Denver and clients of both businesses who made contributions this month.
In all, the gifts will be given to approximately 1,200 children who are currently receiving inpatient or outpatient services through the hospital.
"We are so grateful for this partnership with 3d Lacrosse because it amplifies the support we can provide to Children's Hospital Colorado, which is unquestionably one of Denver's most important entities," said Mark Dismuke, General Manager of Ferrari of Denver.
Dismuke addressed a large crowd of attendees Tuesday night at the Ferrari of Denver dealership, where silent auctions and other fundraisers were run throughout the evening.
"Working with 3d on this project is extra special for us because our son Wilkins was one of the original members of the 3d Colorado program here before playing college lacrosse at Johns Hopkins University," Dismuke said.
"Our relationship with 3d goes back a long ways and I'm certainly glad that we have joined forces. By teaming up with Greg and the 3d staff heading into this year, we were able to make the Holiday Toy Drive a much bigger, more impactful initiative that ultimately helps more children and families in need."
Children’s Colorado leadership was present Tuesday night at Ferrari of Denver and then helped welcome the cavalry of Ferraris delivering loads of gifts Wednesday morning.
“Children’s Hospital Colorado is so grateful for corporate partners in the community with organizations like Ferrari of Denver and 3d Lacrosse,” said Cary Larger, Senior Vice President of Community Fundraising for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation.
“These partners help to give comfort and joy to patients and families spending their time in the hospital over the holidays and allow Children’s Colorado to see more, treat more, and heal more children than any other hospital in the region. Never is this message more important than during the holiday season. Thank you!”
3d Lacrosse and Ferrari of Denver staffs are already beginning the planning process for next year’s efforts to support Children’s Colorado and to take their partnership to the next level.
“Children’s Hospital Colorado has an immeasurable impact on children and families throughout Denver and the entire state of Colorado,” said Greg Waldbaum, CEO of 3d Lacrosse.
“Children’s and its incredible staff has a permanent place in the heart of 3d Lacrosse for all they have done to save lives and improve lives for so many people in our region.”
You can view additional photos from the Holiday Toy Drive party and 3d Lacrosse's day at Children's Colorado via the 3d Lacrosse Facebook page.
To obtain more information about Children’s Hospital Colorado and the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, visit childrenscoloradofoundation.org.
To learn more about 3d Lacrosse and its offerings, visit 3dLacrosse.com.
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