Underserved children flood local charity with requests for presents


Local charity started by moms overwhelmed by need; hopes you’ll be an “elf”

DENVER – The Christmas list of impoverished kids hoping to get presents this holiday is longer than it’s ever been before. It’s three times longer than last year. In 2012, Santa’s Elves: Kids Giving to Kids gave presents to 320 children living in Colorado’s poorest neighborhood. This year, the charity faces helping 1,000.

“We’ve never seen anything like this. We’re inundated with parents around Denver asking for help to get their children Christmas presents this year, “ Stella Castro, one of the moms who founded Santa’s Elves, said. “It’s tempting to say, ‘We can’t help all of you.’ But we’ve decided to go for broke. We’re going to make sure every child who needs one has a gift to open this holiday.”

Because of the demand, the non-profit hopes you and your kids this year will donate or become “elves.”

To be an elf, parents help their children choose, buy and wrap gifts for underprivileged children in Colorado. Unlike most other charities, Santa’s Elves: Kids Giving to Kids, allows your child to be involved and attend a special party in December when they’ll give a gift face-to-face to another child. It’s a chance to learn, make new friends and create a wonderful experience they’ll talk about the rest of the year.

Can you be an elf this year? Please go to our website. This Christmas, give your child an experience.


  • Santa’s Elves works closely with Rude Recreation Center Director James Salinas and Phu Do, Lead Service Coordinator of the Denver Housing Authority, to identify the most underprivileged children in Denver. Those kids often slip through the cracks and are left out of other charitable organizations’ Christmas programs.
  • Majority of the children receiving the gifts live in Colorado’s poorest neighborhood, Sun Valley. Residents here report median annual incomes of $8,000.
  • Santa’s Elves is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity created by three moms in 2010 who wanted to teach their children about giving back early in life.
  • The mission is to inspire life-long giving for all ages; especially children
  • When asked, most children in Sun Valley wanted shoes.For more go to SantasElvesDenver.org or email us at northpole@santaselvesdenver.org or contact mom Stella Castro (312) 543-7835 or mom Jennifer Engerman 720.635.9461.

Sister Steps Walk – 5k Charity Walk

Sister Steps walkSister Steps Walk – 5k Charity Walk is coming to Littleton CO. The walk benefits Granulosa Cell Tumour Research Foundation.

Sister Steps Walk —Why we walk —to help find a cure!

The Walk is for all ages and walk day festivities include Balloon Pop, music, food and great prizes.


September 21st 2013
At 1 pm


Clement Park

7306 W. Bowles Ave.
Littleton, CO 80123

Entrance Fees:
Adults $30
Kids $20


Granulosa research foundation

Our  Sponsors

Road ID
Acacia Studios
Performance Coaching

For more information and to sign up visit WWW.SISTERSTEPSWALK.ORG

Become a 2013 Sister Steps Walk Sponsor

Sister Steps Walk —Why we walk —to help find a cure!

Several articles have stated that 50% – 80% of women with recurrent Granulosa Cell Tumor of the ovary (GCT) will die from the disease, just as the Founder of  Granulosa Cell Tumour Research Foundation  Sladjana (Sofi) Crosley, did. That is why we need research on GCT and why we have established the “Sladjana M. Crosley Fund for GCT Research”.  Sister Steps Walk is a  5K  event to raise awareness and much needed money for continued research done by the Granulosa Cell Tumor Research Foundation and the recipients of their grants. This is a rare disease and more research is needed for new methods of treatment and a hope for a cure. Granulosa cell tumor of the ovary is an uncommon tumor of low malignant potential (LMP) and many articles add that GCT has a “low rate of recurrence”.  Often this is presented as a comforting factor, implying that you do not have to worry that much about recurrence or dying of the disease. Which we know just isn’t true. It s also known, however, that “Low-grade ovarian cancers and LMP  tumors generally resist conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy”,  This is not always a “benign” dis ease and can recur at any point over your lifetime, even up to 35 years after a diagnosis.

Sponsorship opportunities: Range from $100 to $3,000

Why Should Your Company Participate?

  • Generous corporate sponsorship can make a huge impact in our research.  Medical discoveries don’t happen without research, and research doesn’t happen without funding.   Support of Granulosa Cell Tumour Research Foundation and its mission does actually make a difference in the lives of women who have this type of cancer.
  • We offer a  range of sponsorship levels that will meet your company’s goals for visibility and community involvement.
  • Achieve positive exposure of your company through the event’s promotions, marketing, and social media.

5th Annual St. Jude Songwriters Supper – Under the August Moon

Join us for the fifth annual St. Jude Songwriters Supper – Under the August Moon. The event will be held on August 25, 2012 from 6 – 10 p.m., at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, recently awarded the “Best Meeting and Event Venue” in the Denver metro area.

Experience Mile High like never before! Guests will enjoy an on-field cocktail hour and silent auction. You will get the opportunity to walk where the Broncos players do as we move to the United East Club Lounge for the remainder of the evening.

Guests will also enjoy the stunning backdrop of the Denver skyline in the Club Lounge during the seated dinner, live auction with our renowned auctioneer and unforgettable musical performances of nationally recognized songwriters.

The Colorado community has helped support the ground-breaking research and world-class patient care at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Join us on this special fifth anniversary evening to continue supporting the St. Jude fight against childhood cancer and its mission of finding cures and saving children.

Cocktail/cowboy chic attire is recommended.

Ticket information

Individual tickets ~ $150
Table of eight ~ $1,000 (reserved table)
Purchase tickets or become a sponsor.

Can’t make it to the fifth annual St. Jude Songwriters Supper? Make a donation to St. Jude.

For more information about becoming a sponsor, donating an auction item or attending the event, please contact:
Sarah Ford
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
(303) 377-9987

Denver Uncorked for Smiles ~ October 27, 2011

UPDATED!! ~ Operation Smile, a worldwide children’s medical charity that provides free reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities, invites you to create new smiles for children in need at the 2011 Denver Wine Tasting and Live Auction! The event will celebrate more than 160,000 children around the world whose lives have been transformed by Operation Smile since 1982. With a presence in over 60 countries and new Comprehensive Care Centers providing year-round surgeries to ensure long-term self-sustainability, Operation Smile is in a better place than ever to help even more children and families in need.

In its first year, Operation Smile in Denver’s Wine Tasting and Live Auction was founded with the purpose of raising awareness for the mission of Operation Smile, raising funds to enable life-changing surgeries for children with facial deformities, and encouraging philanthropy and international stewardship in the Denver community. The local Operation Smile community is composed of a wealth of Operation Smile volunteers, donors and advocates who will come together to celebrate and support the mission during this event.

With your help and the help of our committee, we hope this event will exceed all expectations for both attendees and funds raised!

We are excited for you to join us in this celebration and to help change the lives of children, one smile at a time!

Register now for pre-event registration discount, http://bit.ly/DenverUncorkedforSmiles

For more information, contact Sarah Fox via email: sarah.fox@operationsmile.org or phone at 757.401.0789

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2011
Time: 6:00 – 10:00pm
Location: Artwork Network
878 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204


Please see Information Packet for revised Sponsorship rates:

Download Information Packet

Impact Charity Fundraiser for Operation Smile

There will be an Impact Charity Fundraiser for Operation Smile, a medical charity dedicated to healing children’s smiles hosted at Pura Vida Fitness and Spa in Cherry Creek North.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Operation Smile is a medical charity that provides free surgery for children with cleft lip and palate. I’ve been involved with the organization for 7 years and have traveled to over 20 countries for various missions and education workshops. We work in 60 countries worldwide and have provided 150,000 surgeries for children since our beginning in 1982. We have a local board and if you’re ever interested in helping our efforts in a greater capacity, please reach out to me directly.

Before After

I hope you’ll consider participating in the Pura Vida Fundraiser. You can benefit yourself by getting a work out (!) and benefit a very worthwhile charity.

Pura Vida will be open to the public and guests will receive a free 7 day pass.

Recommended donation at the door for Operation Smile will be $20.00

February 13th from 12 – 4pm

Pura Vida Fitness and Spa
2955 E. 1st Ave
Denver, CO 80206
(303) 321-7872

For Questions Contact:
Sarah Fox, MPH
Development Officer, Major Gifts
Operation Smile International
Direct: 303.993.7598
Mobile: 757.401.0789

Priscilla of Boston Prom Dress Project

Helping Provide Prom Dresses to Denver Girls in Need

Priscilla of Boston is selling our 2008 – 2010 special occasion dresses and shoes at a significantly discounted price of $11.50 (plus tax) each, in order to donate them to the Dressed to the Nines Organization.

Whether good or bad, every woman remembers her prom.  She remembers what she did and who she went with, but most of all, she remembers her dress.  Was it brand new, was it a hand-me-down from an older sister or worse, Mom’s old dress?  Regardless, it holds significance throughout the lives of girls and women alike, which is why Priscilla of Boston in Denver is offering fashion forward special occasion dresses dress for next to nothing.  Every girl should have the opportunity to have her very own prom dress that she will love – classic, fun, modern, but most of all, unforgettable.

Priscilla of Boston’s Denver salon found a cause we can support with our merchandise and our hearts:  giving local girls the opportunity to wear a designer gown for prom, who normally would not have the opportunity.  Our goal is to raise $1500. This will purchase our inventory of discontinued special occasion dresses and shoes, for less than $12 each and donate all items to Dressed to the Nines.  Once donated, they will be cleaned and provided to high school girls in need of prom dresses all around Colorado.

Priscilla of Boston is collecting monetary contributions throughout the month of October. A donation as little as $11.50 will help one girl receive a prom gown but donations of $25, $50, $100 and so on, will help many.  Everyone is encouraged to mail checks, call with credit card information, or stop by and make a purchase in person.  We request that checks be made payable to Priscilla of Boston and a driver’s license number, issuing state, and reference to the Prom Dress Project or Dressed to The Nines are included.  Check our site for more details.

Priscilla of Boston, founded in 1945 has grown to become a brand many women recognize.  They know it because Tricia Nixon wore a Priscilla gown, because their mom wore a Priscilla gown, or because they dream of a Priscilla gown for their own wedding.  Now, our Denver location is able to extend the Priscilla tradition to girls who normally would not have the means.  Our Priscilla Prom Dress Project began as the idea of local philanthropist Natalie Rekstad-Lynn and, through her collaboration with Melissa Benavidez Lory, Fashion Director and Christine Medina, Salon Director, it became a reality.  Of course none of this would have been possible if it was not for the Dressed to the Nines Organization or the generosity of the community.

We thank Dressed to the Nines for having a Nonprofit for such a wonderful cause and hope the Priscilla Prom Dress Project, along with your help, can touch the lives of many Colorado High School girls in need of a beautiful gown!