We hosted an awards banquet to recognize the go givers and those who inspire us in Northern Colorado. They are folks who live in Northern Colorado and give back to our community to make it a better place to live
Congratulations on our top 6 Honorees for the Ordinary Extraordinary People Award. This is quite an honor. We are excited and inspired by each honoree They have selflessly given back to the community and we are excited to recognize these inspiring people.
Top six honorees are listed here and by alphabetical order by first name:
1. Billie Colson, owner of Independence Gallery
Independence Gallery features a wonderful collection of original art in a variety of forms, from talented Northern Colorado Artists. Independence Gallery is location in the heart of downtown Loveland Colorado. Art forms include original paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, mosaic, photography, and fine art reproductions. Gallery is owned by Billie J. Colson one of the artists and operated by Colson and the other artists showcasing their work. Original art for Original people.
Visit their Website: https://www.independencegallery.com/
2. Chris and Marilyn Johnson, founder of Be the Gift
Be the Gift is a local nonprofit in Colorado that believes some of the greatest heroes of our time are single moms who give their lives to raise their children and provide for them. With their limited income and all their time poured into their kids, single moms sometimes struggle to maintain and repair their home.
Be the Gift’s team of project managers and volunteers work together to provide home repairs for single moms as a gift. We give them a safer, healthier and more functioning home in which to raise their children.
Visit their website: http://www.bethegift.com
3. Craig Secher, founder of Realities for Children
Realities For Children was incorporated in 1995 and has been funding the unmet needs of Larimer County children who have been abused, neglected or are at-risk since 1996. Currently Realities For Children supports the services of 35 Partner Youth Agencies and represents over 200 Business Members invested in making it their business to make a difference.
Realities For Children Charities has always embraced a healing philosophy that identifies and supports 3 essential legs of service in providing for children who have faced abuse and neglect. The first leg of service requires we identify and meet the immediate, unmet and emergency needs so that no child in need is forgotten. The second leg requires effective support services once emergency needs have been met so that the healing process along the path of recovery can begin. The third leg focuses on provision of services that equip, support and provide resources so that as children grow they are empowered to break the cycle of abuse.
Visit their website: https://www.realitiesforchildren.com/
4. Eric & Lisa Adsit, founder of The Kayla Marie Adsit Memorial Foundation, Fund of Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
Honoring the memory of Kayla who’s mottos were to “live to make a difference” and “be yourself and do it on purpose” (Dolly Parton).
One day, all school age children in the Fort Collins Colorado area will have equal access to a quality music education, and the music programs at their schools, or non-profit organizations, will be thriving learning and cultural performance centers.
The mission of “The Kayla Foundation” Fund is to provide support to:
- Poudre School District students, with financial needs, helping them to
more fully participate in their school’s music programs.
- Poudre School District schools, by helping to enhance their music
- Larimer County non-profit organizations, that focus on the needs of
children and young adults, with providing musical opportunities for
Visit their Website: http://thekaylafoundation.org/
5. Jana Knapp Sanchez, founder of Launch NoCo
“The starting point for the Northern Colorado Entrepreneurial Community”
LaunchNo.CO began as a MeetUp group on March 1, 2012 and went on to established the first Fort Collins Startup Week. As the group got larger and began to formalize, Executive Director Jana Sanchez spent 2016 talking to people to see what the entrepreneurship and small business community needed to thrive in Northern Colorado. LaunchNo.CO, the nonprofit, was born out of those conversations.
In early 2017, LaunchNo.CO received its first grant funding and brought together an incredibly dedicated team.
Visit the Website: http://www.launchno.co/
6. Dr. Jane Brewer, owner of Precision Chiropractic
Precision Chiropractic is a NeuroStructural Chiropractic health center located in Loveland, Colorado. Our purpose is to provide a comprehensive solution to resolving problems related to the spine and nervous system. The correction of Structural Shifts of the spine allows your body to work at its best, getting you back to living life at a higher standard.
Dr. Jane Brewer received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. She was the valedictorian of her graduating class and was also recognized with an award for her service as a Student Ambassador.
Dr. Jane is on the Board of Directors of Loveland Habitat for Humanity and 19 years ago she did a year of AmeriCorps service with Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East and today she got to join a fun group of AmeriCorps members who are here volunteering for 2 weeks.
Visit their Website: https://precisionchiroco.com/