The 2014 site is live – register today!

The Denver Take Steps Walk Committee lead by Molly Kufeldt and Jeremy Stern have been working hard to make the 2014 Walk a success!  Our first event is the annual kick off event which you can learn more by vising the 2014 Kick Off Event page.

We encourage teams to sign up early and begin the fundraising process as soon as possible.  The overall fundraising goal for 2014 is $250,000.00 – which means we have a lot of work to do!

One of the easiest ways for your team to raise funds with little to no effort is through King Soopers gift cards.  Order gift cards for you, friends & neighbors. Just pre-load them before you make your purchases (use your King Soopers Rewards/Loyalty Card to receive those reward points!) and you or your team will receive 5% towards your fundraising efforts on all of your purchases through the card.  Contact Kelsey KFitzsimmonsTemp@ccfa.org or Jeremy jstern@ccfa.org to participate.

We look forward to walking with you in June!

2013 Walk – a HUGE Success!

2013 Take Steps Denver turned to be a huge success!  We thank all of our teams, sponsors, exhibitors and other supporters who showed up and represented Denver so well.  It was a great way of how we can together find a cure.  

Take Steps By the Numbers…

$255,000+: will be raised which will be a record for Denver

$116,000+: was raised through corporate sponsorships

$15,000+: raised by the top team so far in 2013

2,000: people came out to Take Steps and Be Heard

141: Volunteers who gave their time and energy on June 15, 2013

110: Teams who participated in Take Steps Denver

68: different vendors and exhibitors who participated in the festival

27: different companies signed up as a corporate sponsor

23: teams earned their way into the Team Village

21: Committee Members who helped implement the event

8: Healthcare teams who signed up to participate

2: teams will raise over $10,000 in 2013

1: reason we participate…to find a cure for Crohn’s and colitis

The walk is fast approaching!

We are very excited that the walk is this Saturday, June 15!  Now is the time to continue working hard to raise funds and help CCFA continue its mission to find a cure for IBD!!    All teams that raise a minimum of $2,000 get entrance into the Team Village on Walk Day.  The Team Village is the spot for your team members to meet up and enjoy the day together, including your own tables and chairs.  This will be a VIP area that all teams should try to be part of.

FINAL Collection Day:  Tuesday, June 11 (3 pm-6 pm): Northwestern Mutual Denver, 5655 S Yosemite Street, Ste 100, Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Besides solely handing in donations and registering team members, participants can pick up event t-shirts, wristbands, visors and sweatshirts for your team.  The first team to show up on Saturday receives a $10 gift card to King Soopers.

If you have any questions or need anything prior to the walk please contact:

Jeremy Stern
Sr. Walk Manager
Jstern@ccfa.org

World IBD Day is – Sunday, May 19, 2013

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World IBD Day, http://worldibdday.org/ led by patient organizations representing 36 countries on four continents, is officially celebrated on May 19.  Patient groups from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, 28 European nations, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the United States are working together to raise awareness of IBD.

In the US, CCFA recognizes World IBD Day which also kicks off Digestive Disease Week http://www.ddw.org/.  For more information please visit: http://www.ccfa.org/

This is an excellent opportunity for you to fund-raise via social media as well as to your personal contacts – by tying in this day of recognition of IBD.  Change your profile pics, add the logo and quick blurb, ask for people to make a donation in honor of this special day.

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Take Steps Denver Walk Updates!

Top Ten Leader Board – With just over 1 month until Walk Day, here is the current leader board:

  1. Team Gut Feelings
  2. Team Mason Folz
  3. Bowel Busters
  4. Northwestern Mutual Denver
  5. Jane’s Parade
  6. Barefoot YPG
  7. Team Trinady
  8. Creative Crohnies
  9. Team Deja Poo
  10. Strut For The Gut

Get others to Join Your Team:  The best way to get team members is show the importance that CCFA has made on the lives of those impacts by IBD, along with highlighting the amazing Festivities taking place on June 15th.  This includes some great Live Music, Great Tasting Food, Kids Activities, Incentives and so much more.  Think about using the Take Steps Walk as a reunion, or get together with your family/friends/co-workers.  Have them join your team today!

Volunteers Needed:  If you, your child, social group or friends know of anyone who wants to volunteer at the event, please let us know.  Email TakeStepsVolunteers@gmail.com for information.

Motivate your team members with these fundraising incentives!

Walk Day Incentives: 

$25 Wristband Provided to fundraising participants for all Walk Day Festivities

$100 Take Steps T-Shirt

$250 Visor

$500 Sweatshirt

Post Walk Incentives:

$1,000 $2,500  Training T-Shirt or Fleece Pullover

$2,500 Rolling Cooler or Islander Jacket

$5,000 Fleece Throw or Mini Camcorder

$10,000 Kindle Ereader or Keurig Brewing System

Other Team Prizes will include:  Best Team Name, Best Dressed Team, Best Decorated Team in Team Village, and Most Registered Walkers.  The Traveling Trophies will also be earned by Teams, including the infamous Blue Toilet Seat Trophy, Friends & Family Trophy and NEW Corporate trophy.

Volunteers Needed!

Want to help out with the Take Steps Denver Walk on Saturday, June 15? Here are the volunteer positions we’re looking to fill:

Accounting Room
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
- Attend brief training
- Count donations and record properly
- Maintain organization and order

Course Set-Up
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm; 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
- Place directional and sponsor signs
- Check for debris
- Set-up Water Station
- Decorate walk route
- Act as cheerleaders

Cuisine Scene
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm; 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Set up food and beverages
- Keep area stocked with inventory
- Clean area when needed

Kids Corral
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
- Set-up and organize area
- Perform activities with children
- Keep area clean and in order

Mascot Escort
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
- Escort mascots around event
- Help with photos
- Make sure mascots are in proper location

Parking
8:00 am – 11:00 am; 11:00 – 2:00 pm; 2:00 pm-5:00 pm; 5:00-7:00 pm
- Both Pavilion and East High School lots
- Ensure unwanted vehicles are not in lot
- Help coordinate entry and exiting

Pet Place
3:00-6:00 pm
- Assist with set-up
- Distribute toys and treats
- Recruit pets for Pet Contest
- Implement pet contest

Photography
4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
- Guide participants/teams to photo area
- Assist in photos/videos throughout event
- Print team on board to hold during picture
- Assist photographer with event photos

Registration
3:00 pm – 5:30 pm
- Attend brief training
- Greet participants
- Complete and file pledge envelopes
- Help with accounting procedures

Set-Up and Logistics
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Unload storage units
- Distribute supplies to appropriate areas
- Set-up tables and chairs in appropriate tents
- Hang CCFA and sponsor banners

T-Shirt / Distribution
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
- Sort shirts and incentives by size
- Distribute shirts and other incentives

Team Village
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm; 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
- Set-up tables, chairs
- Hang Team signs
- Greet guests and monitor entry
- Decorate area

Tear-Down
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
- Clear route and registration area of debris
- Break-down tables, chairs and other materials
- Take down signs and banners
- Throw away trash

Vendor Support
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
- Check in vendors that arrive
- Show guests the location for where to set-up
- Assist in set-up when necessary

Volunteer Village
12:00-2:00; 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
- Check in volunteers

For more information:
Call 303-639-9163 x2
Email: TakeStepsVolunteers@gmail.com
Facebook: Take Steps Denver
Volunteers are not required for the entire shift, though are asked to confirm their time commitment prior to Walk Day. All ages are welcome.

Meet our Walk Chairs!

Corporate ChairScott Theodore

Scott Theodore Scott Theodore is Managing Partner of Northwestern Mutual – Denver. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he began his career with the Northwestern Mutual in 1989. Scott has held the positions of financial representative, field director, and managing director, and has been the managing partner since January 2004.

Northwestern Mutual honored Scott with its prestigious 2009 and 2010 Region Leader Award. The honor recognizes the managing partner an outstanding year of performance, serving the financial security of clients throughout the region. With offices in Denver, Springs, Greenwood Village, West Denver, Broomfield and Vail, Scott has led the organization’s growth from 110 financial and employees, to 224 today.

Visit Scott’s Take Steps page: online.ccfa.org/goto/Theo

Read more about Scott: http://www.nm-denver.com/~ManagementTeam.htm

Honorary Walk ChairBenjamin Hochman

A published author and award-winning journalist, Benjamin Hochman is in his third season as the Nuggets and NBA beat writer for The Denver Post. He previously worked on the staff of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, winners of two Pulitzer Prizes for their Hurricane Katrina coverage. He wrote the Katrina-themed book “Fourth And New Orleans,” published in 2007. A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, Hochman has covered numerous major events, including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, the BCS championship game and the Beijing Olympics. He also is a co-host of the sports talk show “303’s Company,” weekday nights on 1510 AM. In his free time, Hochman performs stand-up comedy around the Denver area.

Visit Benjamin’s Take Steps page: online.ccfa.org/Ben
Read more about Benjamin: online.ccfa.org/BenHochman

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