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Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid’s 2nd annual Grip, Sip, Give Golf Classic


Fore! CAN’d Aid’s 2nd annual Grip, Sip, Give Classic sold out in advance and raised a total of $31,000. That's a lot of good that's being done right there. The team at Oskar Blues Brewery printed up an instant-classic die cut sticker, with a golfer teeing off on a can of America's favorite craft beer featuring the foundation's logo. Their vector artwork really shines on this, with the brand's colors standing out on a custom shape.

And of course, there's a beer theme, as the event starts with a happy hour starting MamaMosas (Mama’s Lil’ Pils + OJ) and then a Shotgun start (get it?). Golfers will play until they've earned their 19th hole beers. The day concludes with a BBQ on the green, event awards, and a rollicking silent auction with raffle prizes.

About Oskar Blues and CAN'd Aid

Oskar Blues Brewery started in Lyons, just up the road from our first factory in Hygiene. Oskar Blues now has factories in North Carolina, Texas, and Colorado, plus they own breweries in Florida and Michigan. They've become quite the craft beer empire, and it's convenient that their Anti-Corporate Headquarters, taproom, barrel room and three restaurants are in our hometown here in Longmont, with locations opening in Boulder and Denver.

The CAN’d Aid Foundation is all about really making difference where they CAN. They have a variety of events across the year in multiple locations, and this one takes places in our backyard here in Longmont.They focus they “do-goodery” efforts on supporting Towns, Tunes, Treads + Trails and Love Yur Mama programs. What does that mean for each of those categories? We'll let them do the talking.
Whether it’s digging our neighbors out of a flood or helping a local business get back on their feet after a disaster, community is at the heart and soul of the CAN’d Aid Foundation.  We respond quickly and passionately to help towns across the US.

Outdoor activities feed our soul. We LOVE bikes! We love running, hiking, climbing, camping and soakin’ up sunshine. If a trail needs maintenance, low-income children need a new bike to ride or there’s a program to get more people off the couch and ready to explore the outdoors – CAN’d Aid is ready to make it happen.

We believe music transforms and transcends – it’s the backbone of good times with good friends and should play a major role in our lives – so, we support programs that teach, share, inspire and make a difference through MUSIC, ARTS & CULTURE.

From our “Crush It Crusade” which helps launch grassroots recycling programs, to jumping in and helping with local cleanup efforts, CAN’d Aid is all about showing love for Mama Earth.

Midwest Craft Con 2017


Midwest Craft Con is a three-day creative Business Conference for Makers, mid-career crafters, makers and creative business owners taking place this weekend in Columbus, Ohio. The event will feature inspirational keynote addresses, thought-provoking panel discussions, hands-on workshops and business-focused breakout sessions from experts from Ohio, the Midwest and beyond. They have a die cut sticker that's a white circle with a smaller black circle featuring their Twitter handle. A fun take on a simple sticker in black-and-white that's classic and memorable.

There's some fun and games, too: There are evening mixers, a trade show to explore and ample time network with fellow makers. Last year’s after-hours activities included karaoke, craft-offs and LOTS of googly eyes. This is for anybody who runs a creative business. Whether you’re a veteran indie crafter, an upstart maker, an artist, a designer or photographer: You’ll leave with new ideas, techniques and friends.

The first event in this series was the Midwest Craft Caucus, which took place in Columbus, Ohio, in 2011. Now Midwest Craft Con is brought to you by Brit Charek of Akron, Ohio, who organizes Crafty Mart; Grace Dobush of Cincinnati, Ohio, who co-organizes Crafty Supermarket; Megan Green of Columbus, Ohio, who organizes Craftin’ Outlaws.

As of July 2016, Midwest Craft Con is a 501(c)3 organization. Check their mission statement, as it's inspiring:
The Midwest Craft Con’s purpose is to provide creative, engaging, and educational opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs to help their businesses thrive. The Midwest Craft Con has the specific purpose of conducting a conference which (a) showcases regional commitment to the arts; (b) fosters discussion and education about the arts; (c) educates creative entrepreneurs on best practices to foster civic engagement; and (d) provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to collaborate with others to advance the state of the arts regionally.

Bake-A-Wish at The Gage in Chicago


From the folks at Make-A-Wish Illinois comes a tasty twist: Bake-A-Wish, a curated, festive experience with cookie decorating stations, hot chocolate stations and more holiday fun. The event will raise money to help make wishes come true for local children. They have holiday-themed sticker featuring a script font in a bold red, wrapping paper-like background. It's delicious looking, in part because it's one of our custom shaped kiss cut stickers, but also because there's a cookie right smack dab in the top. Yum.

If you're not familiar with Make-A-Wish, it's one of this country's top non-profits. They do great stuff for kids with life-threatening medical conditions by granting them their "wish" of a special experiences. The organization grants wishes through 61 chapters across the United States and in 45 countries around the world.

Two big-name Chicago restaurants, Acanto and The Gage, are teaming up with Accenture will be hosting this events on Saturday, December 3, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at The Gage, right across the street from Chicago's famous Millennium Park and iconic Cloud Gate (or "The Bean" to the locals).

Executive Pastry Chef Kym DeLost (Acanto and The Gage) is making the food magic happen, and 100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois. Chef DeLost believes that pastry should be fun and that is reflected on the menus at her restaurants. She plans to bring that same whimsy to the table at Bake-A-Wish; she is, after all, the creator of "Sundae Funday” at Acanto and drinkable desserts at The Gage.

Big thanks to the contributors:

  • Billy Lawless, Proprietor of Acanto, Beacon Tavern, Coda Di Volpe, The Dawson and The Gage

  • Kim DeLost, Executive Pastry Chef, Acanto and The Gage

  • Patrick Doyle, Director of Operations, Acanto, Beacon Tavern, The Dawson and The Gage

  • Neena Munjal, Accenture, Event Chair

Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre 4th Annual Nutcracker Tea Party

We sponsor an event almost every weekend of the year, and this weekend we have a different style of event: a ballet performance. And in the spirit of the season, it's the fourth annual Nutcracker Tea Party from the folks at the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre in North Texas. They created a fun sticker sheet adorned with individual Christmas candy stickers and then their event logo.

This fundraising event is put on by the non-profit organization of the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre Guild (WFBT). We just love nonprofits, and this one raises money for the need-based scholarship program for students who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend the ballet school. The WFBT also uses these funds to provide a Lecture Series throughout the year for the dancers of the WFBT in an effort to enrich their lives, boost self-esteem, promote healthy habits.

The Nutcracker Tea Party consists of a light brunch, tea, and a short performance of the Nutcracker Suite which acts as a preview of the Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker production. Families and businesses in the surrounding area attend in an effort to help us promote ballet and the arts in the North Texas region.

Denver Gives Week 2016


We are proud to support Denver Gives Week, run by the team at Denver Gives. From August 15th to the 17th, there will be sessions empowering those who empower the Denver nonprofit community. Denver Gives Week will offer over 75 training and social sessions to assist smaller nonprofits in building their capacity, fostering collaboration, and celebrating the work they do collectively. They printed their website, logo, and tagline on a clear sticker, which helps all of that vital info pop off the sticker and the background.

The three days will unfold at CU Denver Business School and Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship, and there's plenty of charities in the Greater Denver Metro area who will be in attendance, with over 5,000 small 501(c)(3) nonprofits calling the Mile High City home. Denver Gives is dedicated to helping small nonprofits find the knowledge they need to succeed and meet more of the Denver community. Things like funding and volunteers are hard to find, but what is even harder to find is time. That's why three days of sessions and networking can help the community in a major way.

Connect with Denver Gives on Facebook if you want to stay on top of all of the Denver nonprofit action. If you are following hashtags, check out #dgweek2016.


Sponsorship Desk: 16 NTC WordPress Day


For today's Sponsorship Desk shout out, we're heading to San Jose and the heart of Silicon Valley for The Nonprofit Technology Conference (NTC). Put on by the Nonprofit Technology Network, this is the nonprofit sector’s signature technology event. The reason for our sponsorship this time around is that they are hosting a pre-conference WordPress Day, so from sun up to sun down developers and consultants operating in the nonprofit sector will be getting their WordPress on. So, we get to double dip with some tech and those doing some good. Folks at this WordPress Day will be rocking a sweet WordPress rainbow logo that evokes a sunset along with some palm trees for some classic California love.

Just like with a WordCamp, these nonprofit professionals will get together for a full day of content geared toward anyone who either currently uses, or is considering WordPress. This event starts with a keynote talk and then moves into a series of breakout sessions divided into three tracks: One for strategists and big-picture decision makers, one for site administrators, and one more  on code and development. Bonus: they have a “Happiness Bar” staffed by WordPress experts, who can help with specific questions or problems related to your WordPress sites.

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