For Coloradans, a day for giving

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By Greg Romberg

Now that we’re into the holiday season and near the end of the year, many Coloradans are preparing to make a large part of their charitable gifts for 2011. For the second year in a row, we have the opportunity to make many of those gifts through Colorado Gives Day.
An initiative of the Community First Foundation, Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 6 this year. It provides a one-stop shop for people to make charitable gifts to 883 different Colorado charities of every conceivable size and for every conceivable cause. Charities participating in this year’s event provide funds for all kinds of good things, including medical research, children’s issues, housing assistance, cultural institutions, land preservation, the disabled and disadvantaged, education, religious organizations, and patient assistance.  
The popularity of Colorado Gives Day caught people a little bit off-guard last year, as the system was overloaded and 18,500 gifts totaling $8.4 million in contributions to 529 nonprofit organizations were made.  All of that money, plus incentive matching gifts, primarily from 1st Bank, went to the charities, as all of the administrative costs, including credit-card processing fees, were taken care of by the Community First Foundation.
Participating in Colorado Gives Day is a convenient way to contribute to a variety of nonprofit organizations from throughout Colorado that will stretch your charitable gifts as they are collected in an easy and cost-effective way and are leveraged by other gifts. 1st Bank is again the main sponsor, with this year’s gift being $500,000. To learn more about Colorado Gives Day and to make contributions, visit www.cogivesday.org.
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Saturday marks this year’s edition of Evergreen High School’s Madrigal Fair. It is both an extraordinary opportunity for music students to showcase their talents and a fund-raiser for music programs at the school. It is a multi-faceted event in which dozens of students will perform as soloists and in small groups at a series of stages and venues throughout the school.  
There is also an original play, written by students, performed in several acts that take place throughout the event by members of Chorale Images, the school’s audition choir.
The school is decorated to reflect the holiday season, and the school’s main hallway is transformed into a Renaissance-type market with vendors, street performers and holiday décor. Food from local restaurants also will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/211643.

Greg Romberg is president of Romberg and Associates, a government relations and public affairs firm. He lives in Evergreen with his wife, Laurie, and three daughters.