Dstreet PR Offers Pro Bono Support for HDSA

DStreet PR announced a pro-bono partnership with the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA). DStreet will garner media exposure for the organization and enhance its ability to increase awareness and funds for the charity.

Founded in 1968 by Marjorie Guthrie, the wife of legendary folk musician Woody Guthrie, who lost his own battle with Huntington’s at age 55, the HDSA is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by the disease. Huntington’s Disease is a genetic neurodegenerative disorder that affects muscle coordination and leads to cognitive and physical decline. There is no known cure for the disease.

Last Chance to Volunteer for PR Boost

A higher-than-expected number of local nonprofits has signed up for PRSA Colorado’s “PR Boost” event, and PRSA Colorado is looking for a few more volunteers for this Thursday morning. If you have at least five years of PR experience and want to work one-on-one with nonprofits in need of your PR expertise, please email Quinn Kelsey (qkelsey@linhartpr.com) or Andy Peters (apeters@linhartpr.com) right away.

This is a great event and it is my favorite PRSA Colorado event of the year. Breakfast will be catered by Jason’s Deli, and I’ll pay for your parking at the Larimer Square garage if you email Quinn or Andy to RSVP by the end of the day on Wednesday.

PRSA Colorado ‘PR Boost’
7:30 – 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market Street, 5th Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Questions? Contact Quinn Kelsey

Colorado Nonprofits Need Your Help

Okay, PR experts. It’s time to give a little something back. PRSA Colorado is soliciting experts to help counsel non-profits as part of its annual “PR Boost” event. The event connects local non-profits with Denver PR experts for a morning of PR counsel and guidance tailored to the organizations. Topics typically include issues such as how to start a crisis communications plan, what content to include in newsletters, how to use social media to gain fans and volunteers, how to get coverage in the media and how to communicate with volunteers or donors.

PRSA Colorado ‘PR Boost’
7:30 – 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market Street, 5th Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Questions? Contact Quinn Kelsey or Andy Peters

And if you know a non-profit that could use some PR help, point them to the PRSA Colorado nonprofit sign-up page.

Hendrickson Appointed VP of LLS Board

Rhiannon Hendrickson of Orapin Marketing + Public Relations has been appointed as vice president of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter’s board of trustees. Hendrickson has served on the board since 2010. She has been involved with LLS for more than six years, offering pro bono services to help create awareness of the organization’s mission and increase involvement and donations to its fundraising campaigns.

10 entrepreneurs. Three $50k investments.

Head over to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Friday, July 13, to watch as 10 young, impactful entrepreneurs pitch their companies solving social or environmental problems for one of three $50,000 equity investments. Entrepreneurs from the Denver Metrowill present to local visionaries and business leaders in front of a live audience.

The winners will be announced at the Made in Denver after party downtown in the middle of 14th street. Celebrate with a DJ, unique cocktails and delicious bites. Here’s to better cities, better entrepreneurs.

Are you an entrepreneur hoping to foster change in Colorado? Applications accepted through Monday.

Ticket link: http://i4ccampaign.com/i4c-summit/

Garfield County Sheriff’s Tinfoil Hat Falls Off

If you are looking for a pro bono project, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario could use some public relations counsel. Here’s the first sentence from his most recent press release:

“In response to the lies and slanderous accusations by the ACLU, the most dangerous organization to the United States of America today, as well as the Denver Post, channel 7 news (Denver) and others who produced stories without any attempt to contact the Garfield County Sheriff for an accurate response, here is the official GCSO response: The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has never turned over a victim of a crime to any organization.”

I realize there probably isn’t a Garfield County chapter of Al-Qaeda, so the sheriff’s perspective may be skewed, but is the ACLU really “the most dangerous organization to the United States of America today?” And are official Garfield County Sheriff’s Department press releases really the right venue to settle personal grudges?

Pure Selects Freedom Service Dogs as Pro Bono Partner

Pure Brand Communications has selected Freedom Service Dogs of America is its 2012 Pure Good Works partner. Entering its second year, Pure Good Works awards one nonprofit organization one year of integrated creative services valued up to $75,000.

Freedom Service Dogs of America trains rescue dogs to serve people with disabilities, from those with physical challenges to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. The dogs accomplish simple tasks, such as turning on lights, and more profound feats like pulling a weakened client to an upright position in bed. The organization doesn’t breed dogs; it saves animals facing unfortunate futures. And while some dogs each year go unmatched with a client, they are found adoptive homes.

Pure Soliciting ‘Good Works’ Applications from Non-Profits

Pure Brand Communications is accepting applications for its second-annual Pure Good Works program. Pure Good Works awards one nonprofit organization—located anywhere in the U.S.—one year of integrated creative services valued up to $75,000.

The inaugural Pure Good Works grant was awarded to Rachel’s Challenge, a K-12 school assembly and continuing education program inspired by Rachel Scott, the first student killed in the 1999 Columbine High School shootings. Rachel’s Challenge is a program that empowers young people to release their inner good and create a chain reaction of kindness.

Rock a ‘Stache, Help a Kid

GroundFloor Media client Youth Opportunity Foundation‘s biggest annual fundraiser is Mustache4Cash/Color4Kidz. The concept is pretty simple – individuals sign up to color their hair or grow a mustache for about four weeks, and ask friends and family to “sponsor” their efforts along the way. All of the proceeds benefit at–risk youth mentoring programs in Colorado.

To get you in the mood, GFM’s Jim Licko has created a video extolling the virtues of rocking a ‘stache.

Colorado Non-profits Need Your PR Help

Okay, PR experts. It’s time to give a little something back. PRSA Colorado is soliciting experts to help counsel non-profits as part of its annual “PR Boost” event. The event connects local non-profits with Denver PR experts for a morning of PR counsel and guidance tailored to the organizations.

PRSA Colorado ‘PR Boost’
7:30 – 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 7
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
1445 Market Street, 5th Floor
Denver, CO 80202

And if you know a non-profit that could use some PR help, point them to the PRSA Colorado non-profit sign-up page.

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Taps Orapin’s Hendrickson

Orapin Marketing + Public Relations’ Rhiannon Hendrickson has been elected to represent the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and serve as a member of LLS’s national Board of Representatives. Hendrickson is a member of the Rocky Mountain chapter’s Board of Trustees and provides pro bono PR and marketing services for the chapter’s annual Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign.

Dovetail Unveils New Website, Announces Pro Bono Client

Dovetail Solutions has introduced a redesigned website, and announced that its 2011 pro bono client is the Morgan Adams Foundation, which raises money and awareness on behalf of children affected with cancer. The foundation was started by the parents of Morgan Adams, who was a healthy 5-year old girl when she was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme brain tumor in 1997. She battled her cancer for 11 months before she succumbed to the disease.

‘9/11 Freedom Rally’ Seeks Pro Bono Support

The 9/11 Freedom Rally is looking for pro bono support to help it with messaging and media outreach. The group is a nonprofit organization that is trying “to reclaim the date of September 11 each year as a time of honoring and helping instead of just mourning.” Sponsors include Best Buy, Harley-Davidson, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and American Family Insurance, among others. Email the planning committee or Randy Blauvelt if you are interested.

Pure Brand Launches ‘Pure Good Works’ Pro Bono Program

Pure Brand Communications has launched its inaugural Pure Good Works call for applications. Pure Good Works awards one nonprofit organization—located anywhere in the U.S.—one year of integrated creative services valued up to $75,000.

Whether it’s logo re-design, message development, guerilla marketing or social media, Pure will craft a comprehensive strategy to help advance the chosen brand. Karma is at the core of these proposed partnerships. Pure wants to elevate great causes with great work, allowing both parties to walk away galvanized for the future. The nonprofit’s passion will become Pure’s inspiration, fueling the agency’s many disciplines to sculpt the best possible product.

Cohn Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Pro Bono Offer

Cohn Marketing is celebrating its 10-year anniversary by offering pro bono support to three local non-profit organizations. Called “The Power of 10,” the program will give three local non-profits a package of marketing services to advance their causes and empower their missions.

Visit CohnPowerOf10.com through Dec. 10 to nominate a local non-profit in need of help. You can then vote for nominees between Dec. 11 and Dec. 23, and Cohn Marketing will work with the three organizations receiving the most votes. You can vote as often as you’d like for as many non-profits as you’d like.

WILD Foundation Seeks PR Volunteer

The WILD Foundation is seeking a volunteer to manage public relations for its Fall Gala – “Faces of the WILD World” – on Sat. Oct. 23, 2010 at the Sleeper House (aka The Sculptured House) in Genesee. Responsibilities include:

  • Creating buzz in the Denver/Boulder area for the event
    • List event on community/media calendars
    • Pitch pre-event article on WILD Foundation in September issue of high-profile Denver medium
    • Compile mailing list for invites (we have already started a list of organizations and individuals)
    • Other outreach

The position requires a commitment of approximately 8 hours per week. If you are interested, contact Susan Bruce at susan@wild.org.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Colorado Horse Rescue

Colorado Horse Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit operating in Longmont, is in need of some pro bono public relations help. According to CHR’s Erica Churgin, “Outreach is a very important aspect of our organization in terms of educating people about the unwanted horse issue as well as reaching our current stakeholders/donors and trying to attract new ones.” If you would like to help, contact Erica at 303-684-9688 or ejchurgin@gmail.com.