Unique Charitable Giving for the Holiday Season
Well, there’s no more keeping the horses in the barn, it’s December and the holidays are in full swing! So in keeping with the giving “Reason for the Season,” consider supporting these unique local efforts. Of course, you should be hearing from many of Leadville and Lake County’s non-profits as part of their annual end-of-year giving campaigns, but here are some others with a different twist. It’s the giving season!
14 x 14,000ft. x $14,000 in 2014 Project
A unique way to give to one of Lake County’s most popular nonprofit organizations: Full Circle!
By Rohan Ray, Outdoor Leadership Club Program Coordinator for Full Circle of Lake County.
There are 14 peaks above 14,000 feet in the Sawatch range of Colorado. My wife, Anna, and I plan to ski all of them in a single 14-day unsupported traverse this spring, starting on (of course) 4/14/14! To continue the theme, our goal is to raise $14,000 for Full Circle. Full Circle activities are free for participants, and are entirely funded by grants and donations.10 Full Circle members on top of Mt. Elbert this fall, showing impressive tenacity – and a willingness to wake up at 4am! Photo: Full Circle
We’re asking for your help to continue and enhance these programs: If you believe that youth living in the shadows of the highest peaks in the state deserve a chance to stand at the top and look down at their homes in the valley, please visit: www.fullcircleleadville.org to find out more about what we do and possibly make a donation. If you want to keep track of our 14 x 14,000ft x $14,000 in 2014 project please visit and “Like” their Facebook Page: Fourteenersforteens.
Local Author Donates Novel’s Proceeds for Scholarship
Leadville author Laurel McHargue just published her latest work: “Miss?” a contemporary novel based on actual events. According to McHargue, the novel “exposes – with no political correctness – the failure of our current educational system and issues that teachers in public schools across the nation today are too afraid to discuss openly for fear of recrimination.”
In a recent announcement via Facebook, McHargue stated she now plans on donating 100% of her earnings on the sale of “Miss?” between the first sale (from Kindle downloads in October) until the end of March 2014 to a scholarship for a deserving high school student!
McHargue kept a journal during her first year of teaching in a middle school (not here), that ended up closing due to consistently poor performance. “I believed that my students were victims of an educational system that really didn’t care much about them personally,” explained McHargue. “I journaled because I couldn’t believe what I experienced every day as a new teacher with nine years of active duty military experience under my belt.”
On October 30, 2012, McHargue decided to accept the National Novel Writing Month challenge (NaNoWriMo) which requires writers to complete 50,000 words during the month of November of 2012. Using her journal entries, she completed the challenge and ultimately finished her first novel in March of this year.Leadville Author Laurel McHargue
“I used real events, but fictionalized some and embellished ‘here and there’,” stated McHargue.
After initial drafts and several edits, Laurel used CreateSpace (an Amazon affiliate) to Direct Publish the novel. The book is also available in print and McHargue will be available to sign books at the Book Mine at 6th and Harrison in downtown Leadville this Thursday, Dec. 5 from 4 – 6 p.m. People may purchase it there ($12.95) or on-line through Amazon (a free Kindle download comes with an on-line purchase).
Leadville Youth Pilgrimage to Rome and Medjugorje
Holy Family Catholic Parish in Leadville is hosting a trip to Rome and in May, 2014. Eight local youth, along with several adult chaperones and spiritual advisor Rev. Jesse Perez will make the pilgrimage as a group to this most holy place.
The local youth group has been actively fundraising through dinners, bake sales and selling religious artifacts at St. Joseph’s Church after Sunday Mass. Supporters may also connect with the group via their Facebook Page: Leadville Catholic Youth or donate directly for the pilgrimage via an online fundraising account at GoFundMe: LINK.
Remodel a Room at St. Vincent Hospital
Are you good with a paint brush? Do you have a creative eye for interior design? Well, that’s nice, but it really doesn’t matter when it comes to helping with this non-profit project.
The St. Vincent Hospital Foundation is in the process of updating and remodeling the patient rooms at the Leadville Hospital. While the project got underway in the summer of 2013, there are plenty of rooms to go! This is a great way to show appreciation for a loved one that was cared for at ST. Vicnnet Hospital as you may name a room or dedicate it to someone special.
Call or email Karen Rinehart with questions or to arrange your tour, 719-486-7135. To donate, mail your donation to St. Vincent Hospital Foundation at 822 W 4th St. or go to leadvillehospital.org and click on the give button in the top header of the website. Please note “room” on your donation. Room naming sponsor: $5,000