Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Hosted by: River Deep Foundation & Denver SCI HOP
Participants: Operation TBI Freedom
Thank you River Deep Foundation Family!!!
What an incredible day! 12 hours and 300 miles later, we accomplished our mission! Santa Chuck and his elf Susan delivered gifts to 18 veteran families from Operation TBI Freedom who needed a little bit of assistance this season to make Christmas special. With the help of our incredible donors, we were able to deliver 170 gifts to these families! With extra special thanks to SCI Sportsmen Against Hunger, The Valhalla Hunt Club, and the Dorsey family we were also able to deliver over 200 lbs of deer, elk and moose meat!
It warmed our heart to see the smiles on their faces. These families would like to pass along their gratitude and appreciation.
Of course we don’t do this alone. These ideas come to fruition because of our incredible donors and those who provide their time and effort to implement them. We are truly blessed and thankful for your generosity.
Susan WilliamsonRiver Deep Foundation
Bob Adwar President, River Deep Foundation/ Anglers of Honor
VP, SCI Humanitarian Outreach
December 11, 2020
NKBA Online Holiday Party & Auction Fundraiser
The River Deep Foundation was thrilled to be chosen as the beneficiary for the annual holiday party and fundraiser held by NKBA Rocky Mountain Chapter. NKBA stands for National Kitchen and Bath Association and its members are all involved in the Kitchen & Bath Design Industry—designers, suppliers, tradespeople etc.
Due to the pandemic the live holiday party was replaced with an online event and silent auction. Industry members and others donated items to the silent auction that took place entirely online through a platform and mobile app called GIVI. Bidding was open 1 week before the event and was open to anyone whether they attended the party or not. The event was cross marketed to both NKBA members and RDF supporters. Registrants had the option to have a party kit delivered to them by NKBA that included cocktail glasses, a cocktail recipe and ingredients and a mini gingerbread house kit!
The evening of the party attendees donned their ugliest Christmas sweater and joined a Zoom call from their home, where they were first treated to a video demo of the of how to mix up the cocktail recipe by Monogram Appliance's Chef Jon. River Deep attendees included Bob Adwar, Amy Norton and Susan and Chuck Williamson who were able to speak about the organization after a short RDF video. Industry member, RDF volunteer and supporter Scott Polak was also in attendance. Over the evening the auction items were highlighted between fun activities like a home scavenger hunt, ugly sweater contest, gingerbread house contest and, best of all a visit from Santa and Mrs Claus! As a family-friendly event the kids on the call were especially thrilled for the special guest!
This NKBA event raised $5,291 for River Deep! We are so grateful for the hard work by their board members, the generous donors of items and cash and for holding such a fun and fruitful event in unexpected circumstances.
Amy Norton, Marketing Consultant, River Deep Foundation
Bob Adwar, President, River Deep Foundation
August 31, 2020
Location: Meridian Golf Club - Englewood, CO
Hosted by: River Deep Foundation and SCI HOP
Golf Tournament & Fundraiser
What could be better than a day outside on green grass, smashing a little white ball all over the place for a great cause? We are out today supporting wounded vets and individuals with disabilities. The River Deep Foundation hosts outings year-round like archery, fly fishing, hunting, art classes, fencing, equine assisted learning and much more. It’s an honor to be able to work with organizations like Craig Hospital, Operation TBI and Ft. Carson.
We have over 100 people participating in the fundraiser today and we can tell by the smiles they are having a good time, regardless of where the ball lands. A big thanks to Meridian Golf Club and all the volunteers and sponsors that made this a successful day!
River Deep Foundation, President & VP of Humanitarian Outreach, SCIHOP
Thank you to The Mountain Side Podcast for inviting us on to talk about our programs! We are episode #017
July 25, 2020
Hosted by: River Deep Foundation and SCI HOP
Location: Kiowa Creek Sporting Club, Bennett, CO
3rd Annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser
Both beginner and experts shooters are here to spend a fun day outside while showing their support for the mission of River Deep Foundation. We have 21 teams anxious to shoot some clays and possibly walk away with the first place prize! Walking through the course, however, competition doesn’t seem to be top of mind. Everyone is simply full of smiles and laughter—having a good time with their friends and making new ones. There is a sense that this day is much needed break for many. After the shoot, we gather at the outdoor pavilion for lunch and prizes. A big thanks to all the volunteers, supporters, Kiowa Creek Sporting Club, and to our generous sponsors, Jim & Sonya Bonanno & Family Alan Battaglia with Equipment Locators and James Goza with Mercedes-Benz of Denver for another successful event!
River Deep Foundation, President
SCI HOP - VP of Humanitarian Outreach
Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Jim & Sonya Bonanno & Family
Alan Battaglia with Equipment Locators
James Goza, Client Advisor with Mercedes-Benz of Denver
Denver SCI Chapter Wins Veterans award
(Denver) The Denver Chapter of Safari Club International (SCI) is humbled to announce their acceptance of the Veterans Award at the SCI Annual Conference Veteran’s Breakfast on February 5th in Las Vegas, NV. The award recognizes the top five chapters (out of 187) for their humanitarian outreach efforts in assisting military veterans. The Denver SCI Chapter was honored for their active humanitarian program that, in 2019 alone, held over 65 events, serving 464 military veterans. This is the tenth year the chapter has received national recognition for their program, having served thousands of veterans in this time-frame.
Twenty years ago, chapter Humanitarian Outreach Chairman, Bob Adwar began working with the Therapeutic Recreation department of Craig Hospital, taking patients in rehabilitation from spinal cord and brain injuries on outings to engage in outdoor activities like fishing and hunting. The goal was to provide an outlet for healing by rebuilding confidence, or simply to enjoy a restorative connection with nature. As soldiers began to return from war in need of physical, mental and emotional healing, Adwar saw that they could benefit from these activities as well. Over the years, the program known as the Denver SCI Humanitarian Outreach Program (SCIHOP) grew enough to sprout a stand-alone non-profit called the River Deep Foundation that serves as a partial funding arm, and works with an alliance of seven like-minded organizations that collaborate to expand outreach and resources for clients. SCIHOP remains as the operational arm of the River Deep Foundation, coordinating the logistics of the outing programs for veterans and other individuals with disabilities, that have diversified to include archery, fencing, art classes, cooking classes and more!
A few factors make the SCIHOP/River Deep Foundation programs stand apart from some other veteran programs. First, they believe in consistency and in providing diverse, year-around opportunities for participants. Ongoing programs provide the community and consistency needed to keep a veteran not only out-of-crisis but working actively toward healing. Second, they understand that if an individual is in crisis, the family is in crisis, so they incorporate participation of families in their programs wherever possible. Shared experiences can lead to shared healing. Additionally, their outings are positive, inclusive and instructional, with each individual treated with dignity and encouraged to enjoy each activity without pressure. The goal is to enable clients to explore new interests or start a new hobby and have the confidence to build on their experiences. Lastly, they believe in the power of cooperation. The collaboration within our alliance allows us to offer more resources to our mutual client base and provide a sense of community for our clients.
The highlight event of the last few years has been their annual camping and ballooning event at Colorado’s Eleven-Mile state park where veterans and their families enjoy a time on a lake, a night camping together and the chance to ride in a hot-air balloon! They are scheduled to do another event like this in July of 2020.
Supporters and sponsors can participate in upcoming fundraising events that are currently still scheduled to move forward as planned. Saturday, June 20, Sporting Clays Fundraiser at Kiowa Creek Sporting Club. Monday, August 31, Golf Tournament Fundraiser to benefit RDF hosted by Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson. Visit www.riverdeepfoundation.org for more information. They will also be participating in the special Giving Tuesday event scheduled for May 5, 2020.
Safari Club International (SCI) is the leader in protecting the freedom to hunt and in promoting wildlife conservation worldwide. The Denver Chapter’s Humanitarian Outreach Program (SCIHOP) is the operational arm of the River Deep Foundation who is dedicated to helping military veterans and other individuals who have experienced physical, emotional or psychological trauma—and those who assist them—to heal and re-engage in life through adventure, recreation and a network of support. This is accomplished through recreational group outings that facilitate healing through active re-engagement in life, and collaboration with an alliance of complimentary 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations who share resources, knowledge and ideas with the goal of providing more efficient and effective programming and outreach. Alliance members are Craig Hospital, Anglers of Honor, Operation TBI Freedom, SCIHOP, Task Force: ISO, Victory Service Dogs and Quality of Life Plus, For more information or to donate, visit www.scihop.org or www.riverdeepfoundation.org.