About Cocktails for a Cause
Cocktails for a Cause™ connects women of all ages and income levels to local nonprofits at inspiring events. We introduce hand-to-hand giving to our guests – their in-kind gifts are distributed immediately to those in need. Our innovative approach to philanthropy educates and energizes women about their impact on local needs. We believe in the power of women.
DOLLARS RAISED IN IN-KIND DONATIONS
ITEMS HAVE BEEN DONATED TO NON-PROFITS
NON-PROFITS HAVE RECeiVED ITEMS FROM OUR EVENTS
Cocktails for a Cause started one summer night, seven years ago, when 37 women attended a backyard party to collect diapers for new moms. Since then, Cocktails for a Cause has experienced greater success than we could have ever imagined, and today, hundreds of wonderful women bring carloads of supplies to our events three times a year for local nonprofits.
So how does it work?
Cocktails for a Cause pairs women with nonprofits in need through our Signature Sponsorships and charitable giving events. Each event involves a featured nonprofit, a variety of sponsorship opportunities, and hand-to-hand giving in the form of list-item donations and one-time monetary donations.
We also have an exclusive membership network, called The Olive Club, for passionate, action-oriented women who want to build meaningful friendships, nurture business relationships, and participate in an inspiring community that blends philanthropic engagement with rewarding social networking.
Getting involved is easy
…and there are so many opportunities to join our inspiring community and make a tangible difference.
Spend a memorable evening with hundreds of passionate women while learning about a local nonprofit and directly impacting those in need.
We facilitate hand-to-hand giving among our guests.
This unique event format gives each participating nonprofit a platform to share their story with our generous guests, and gives our guests the opportunity to watch their donations make an immediate impact. Each event invitation is accompanied by a list of items needed and our events conclude with a celebration of the physical and monetary donations collected over the course of the evening.
We stand out from the crowd.
Sometimes, writing a check is not enough to inspire someone to give. We inspire connection. When someone gives a product – diapers, coats, etc. – they make a direct connection with those in need. To help foster this shared sense of purpose between donors and recipients, Cocktails for a Cause requires the receiving nonprofit to attend the event and give a short presentation about the organization.
We inspire and empower women.
The heart and soul of Cocktails for a Cause is the belief that women are unstoppable and that together, women can make a tangible difference in their communities and beyond. Through our sponsored events and participation in The Olive Club, we are creating an unparalleled network of dreamers and doers who are actively meeting the needs of the women and children represented by our nonprofit partners.
We create introductions.
In addition to facilitating inspiring events in which donors can directly contribute to those in need, we also cultivate conversations that far outlast our memorable events. We believe not only in sharing resources, but also in sharing community. Our culture of fun and friendship fosters profound connections between our charitable guests and the local nonprofits served by their donations.
We champion the causes we believe in.
Our logo is comprised of many hands taking on the shape of a martini glass. This represents all of the hands that are involved in creating better lives for those that we serve, as well as those who benefit from the generous involvement of our collective network. The artistic expression of our logo mirrors the creative and philanthropic efforts of every woman behind Cocktails for a Cause.
Cocktails for a Cause Inc. is a non-profit Colorado corporation which is qualified as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. Contributions from individuals, entities and other nonprofits are tax deductible under the Federal tax rules. Our taxpayer identification number is 27-1879633. We are not affiliated with any of the charities that are beneficiaries of our events.
“Cocktails for a Cause” and the martini glass design are federally protected and registered marks owned by Cocktails for a Cause Inc. Logo created by Cesar Maldonado.
THE WOMEN BEHIND COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE
MEET RENÉ – real estate broker, fabulous hostess and woman with a cause – Cocktails for a Cause™ to be specific. Cocktails for a Cause™ was sparked when René’s talent for throwing a great party met an overwhelming desire to provide diapers for babies of low-income mothers. “I read an article about the health consequences for babies wearing dirty diapers because their mothers could not afford to purchase enough to keep their babies clean,” said René. “And I was inspired to do something about it.”
So René did what she does best – she invited her friends over for a cocktail party, and asked them to bring diapers and wipes. They did – 4,450 diapers plus 2,500 wipes! The “product” of this party benefited 116 babies through the Denver Health Foundation and just as important – demonstrated the amazing power of women working together.
LORRIE WEBB GRILLO
joins the board of Cocktails for a Cause™ Colorado with the purpose of bringing more attention – and – donations to the amazing work that René has started. Currently and for the past eight years, Lorrie has served as the vice president of marketing for Perry & Co. Realtors, but her background includes corporate communications for a cable television startup, director of public relations for the Denver Art Museum as well as co-owner of her own public relations and advertising firm.
“How marketers reach their audiences has changed over the years, but the basics remain the same – making sure your message gets across in a way that touches people and creates change – whether it’s buying a product or service or, as Margaret Mead said: changing the world.” Lorrie also appreciates how the Cocktails for a Cause™ events bring local charities and donors together in an informal and fun way. Her goal is to build awareness, and she hopes that if you’re reading this, you’ll be compelled to join us at our next event. She looks forward to meeting you! In addition to her work with René at Perry & Co. Realtors and Cocktails for a Cause™ Colorado, Lorrie is a certified practitioner of Essential Feng Shui™ and the president of Thriving Spaces Feng Shui in Denver, Colorado. A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead
JACALYN GALLEGOS was introduced to Cocktails for a Cause in February 2012 at an event to benefit MaxFund. After seeing the overwhelming support of women in the room, she signed up to volunteer with Cocktails the very next day. She says that “to be able to actually see the immediate impact on an organization that a group of women can make is both humbling and awe-inspiring and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of and to help grow.”
Jacalyn serves as the corporate ambassador and makes sure our sponsors are taken care of leading up to, during, and after the event. As Cocktails for a Cause has continued to grow, this has become an important part of making sure Cocktails continues to run and serve as many people as we can reach with each event while helping to stimulate the economy around us by supporting our sponsors both at the event and in our social media.
In her spare time, she serves on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity Colorado. She also sings the National Anthem for Colorado sports teams and is a lead singer in a local rock band. She is a mortgage loan originator for Hallmark Home Mortgage.
RACHEL KRANZ was introduced to Cocktails for a Cause™ by fellow board member and friend Staci Batterson in February 2012. She instantly fell in love with the comradery of all of the women in the room, of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, coming together to help those in need, all while sharing a glass of wine.
Rachel serves as the Silent Auction chairperson for Cocktails for a Cause™ and joined the board in April 2013. The Silent Auction became a staple at the cocktail parties in October 2012. Baskets of items ranging from Colorado sports memorabilia, bottles of wine, fitness memberships, and shopping sprees, just to name a few, make great gifts and have added some friendly bidding competition to the cocktail parties. All of the proceeds from the Silent Auction go directly to Cocktails for a Cause™ in order to continue funding the future cocktail parties.
Rachel is an associate attorney at Montgomery Little & Soran, PC, focusing on family law matters. She also volunteers her time for Lawline 9 at 9NEWS.
PAULETTE FARA has been providing fitness instruction in metro Denver for more than 8+ years, with 15+ years active involvement in continued core development with emphasis on using breath for stress reduction and mind/body/soul centering as a Stress Management Health Coach. She has a passion for inspiring others to make healthy lifestyle changes and incorporates Pilates, Yoga, Essentrics® and T’ai Chi to create a new level of appreciation for the body that provides a wonderful workout for mind, body and soul. Her own challenges with Celiac Disease have encouraged her to research food as a therapy for mind/body balance and chronic inflammation for the past 9 years. Her background in a high-stress human resources career prompted her to create a stress management “toolbox” to help all areas of corporate with their stress management needs.
Paulette joined Cocktails for a Cause in October 2011. She assisted the Silent Auction by soliciting auction items and donating her own private Pilates sessions. She saw a need for small businesses, like hers, to get their name into the community, while giving back to some great causes. Since then, Paulette has been able to triple the amount of donations Cocktails for a Cause receives for each event and continues to grow the Silent Auction to be one of the main sources of funding so Cocktails can continue to throw their events. 100% of the funds raised with the Silent Auction goes back to Cocktails for a Cause to help host the next event. Paulette takes pride in connecting with local, small businesses for silent auction items as it helps build their business while giving back to the community. Paulette was asked to be the Director of Cocktails for a Cause Silent Auction and continues to grow her team. Please reach out to her if you would like to assist in connecting with local companies and help bring amazing silent auction items to our events.
AMANDA VAGNINO BARTCZAK
AMANDA VAGNINO BARTCZAK is a proud Denver native that is honored to be a part of Cocktails for a Cause. With a background working in public relations and social media in the food industry, she is excited to lend a hand in Cocktails’ continued growth. “I am fascinated by how much social media has become a part of our daily lives. I am thrilled to help import the message of hand-to-hand giving that Cocktails has created. We can reach a lot of people with our accessibility to diverse, caring women and in turn help more charities.” Amanda is a self-proclaimed wellness nut and yoga enthusiast. She enjoys spending time with her two lively children, supporting local arts and music, trying new recipes and restaurants, exploring Colorado and being a part Denver’s vibrant growth. She considers Cocktails for a Cause a truly unique organization and is delighted to play a roll in Cocktails.
LYNN HANSON is a trademark and franchise attorney who was introduced to the “Cocktails for a Cause” concept in 2011 when she volunteered to help non-profits through the Colorado Bar Association. Lynne answered a request for a lawyer to assist with trademark and corporate law matters and she soon met Rene and attended her first event. She was quickly taken with the idea of hand-to-hand giving and committed to working with this fine group of women who make an immediate difference in the lives of those who benefit from local charities that benefit from “Cocktails for a Cause” events. Lynne joined the Board of Cocktails for a Cause, Inc. in 2012 and has enjoyed serving as legal advisor to the Board ever since.
Lynne is a partner at Moye White, LLP in Denver, Colorado, where she specializes in practicing franchise, trademark, and corporate law. She is co-chair of the Business Section and chair of the Franchise Group at Moye White, LLP.
DIANA CANZONA-HINDMAN was introduced to Cocktails for a Cause in 2011 when a colleague brought her along to one of our events. Diana’s first event was spectacular, and the event and charity touched her heart. She was hooked!
Diana began to volunteer and then became a member of the board. Six years since she first attended an event, and her heart is still touched by what Cocktails for a Cause does as an organization. As the Charity Ambassador, she meets and works with the charities that we sponsor before, during, and after each event. She has a deep and personal connection with each charity and their unique contributions to our community. Diana’s daughter even adopted a dachshund from our MaxFund event in February 2015.
Diana loves being a part of the Cocktails for a Cause family because it allows her to continue to give back to our community on a regular basis. When she is not volunteering for Cocktails for a Cause, Diana works part-time as a Human Resources Professional. When she’s not working, she busy with her family, including her new granddaughter, her husband, and their three dachshunds.
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