3rd Annual Palladium Promises Luncheon
With over 400 nonprofits just within our small mountain community, how are we to choose just one out of so many worthy causes? Our solution was “Palladium Promises”- a festive event with food, wine, and an impressive and influential group to raise awareness for non-profits near and dear to those around us. Participants gather together and pledge their “Palladium Promise”- to make a donation to a charity of their choice.
The event took place at Chair 9 in The Little Nell this holiday season. Five charities from the Roaring Fork Valley were highlighted at the event. While 60 women gathered at Chair 9 to enjoy a wonderful meal. Representatives from each organization gave a short and compelling speech about their organization. With so many compelling causes and personal stories there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
Palladium Promises is unique in that every attendee was given a Promise Card in which they were able to donate any monetary amount to any or all organizations. The organizations that attended this year were The Hope Center, WindWalkers, Bridging Bionics, Superhero Moms and Aspen Youth Center.
The Hope Center’s mission is to extend a beacon of hope to those in emotional crisis and offer a continuum of comprehensive care while steadfastly working to decrease the stigma of mental illness through expert clinical care, public education, community collaboration and outreach. The Aspen Hope Center was formed primarily to serve Pitkin County, yet over time, the services provided have begun to span down valley. Today, approximately 50% of the individuals served are from the mid-valley and lower-valley catchment. Though the Hope Center assists callers with information and referral services when a call is received from outside the valley and even outside the state, the mobile crisis services are only provided to those in the immediate Roaring Fork Valley area.
WindWalkers is an equine assisted learning and therapy center with a family-centered approach. Their mission is to provide a variety of equine assisted therapies to aid in the development and growth of those with challenges, be they physical, neurological, emotional, behavioral or psychological. Founded in 2005, WindWalkers Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy Center (“WindWalkers”) began with exactly 2 clients and only 1 horse. They now serve over 65 clients weekly with 12 equine therapy horses along with many specialized groups who include at-risk teens and students with Significant Identifiable Emotional Disabilities (SIED). Since inception, WindWalkers can proudly boast providing 17,500+ service hours -“butts in the saddle and boots on the ground” as they like to say – to over 4700 riders. WindWalkers is where horses and caring professionals help families and individuals with challenges from Aspen to Rifle to grow and thrive! Our service area includes 3 counties (Garfield, Pitkin, and Eagle), 16+ towns and a population of over 124,000.
Superhero Moms / The Freedom Center supports mothers battling addictions by providing education, awareness and resources. The Freedom Center was originally a premier outpatient alcohol and drug addiction treatment program in Denver started by Laurence Freedom in 2000. Laurence started it, “as an alternative to traditional treatment. Going beyond recovery and teaching self mastery skills to build greater whole health” Laurence passed away in 2016, leaving a legacy of helping families suffering from addiction. In 2017, a passionate group of women picked up his torch and re-launched The Freedom Center with the mission to assist mothers and their families who have been affected by addiction.
Bridging Bionics believes all individuals with neurological mobility impairments can live better through the use of advanced technology. They see a world using technology to optimize function and improve life for all individuals challenged with mobility impairments. This simple vision drives them to serve people through our unique programs. Their mission is to provide access to bionic rehabilitation technology for all individuals challenged with neurological mobility impairments. They serve individuals with neurological mobility impairments resulting from injury or disease, including: spinal cord injuries (paraplegia, quadriplegia), multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, Cerebral Palsy, and stroke. We work every day to be a bridge between advanced technology and those in need.
Aspen Youth Center opened its doors on October 31, 1991 following a three-year campaign where $1.4 million was raised by engaged community members. In April of 2003, they relocated their operations to a new facility within the Aspen Recreation Center on Maroon Creek Road, across from the Aspen School District campus. 27 years later, Aspen Youth Center continues to provide FREE after school and all day summer programs to youth in grades 4-12. Their mission is to provide a safe and supportive place where youth can connect, learn, and grow during their out of school hours. They are the ONLY FREE non-profit youth center in the Roaring Fork Valley and provide our services to youth in grades 4 – 12.
All of the organizations highlighted at this years event are unique and invaluable non-profits within our valley. Palladium is proud to announce that we raised $13,963 for all five organizations collectively. Thank you to all of the amazing and influential women who attended the event; none of this would be possible without you.