It’s the season of giving and this includes giving back to our four-legged friends.
Through December 31, the Denver Dumb Friends League is taking donations to reach its goal of $1 million to help transform the lives of homeless and neglected pets throughout Colorado.
Donations make a real difference in the lives of these furry friends. In 2018, these contributions helped the DDFL bring in and care for more than 21,000 animals and provide services for over 25,000 dogs and cats.
The DDFL is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region—providing a strong, compassionate and steadfast voice for those who cannot speak for themselves and works with the community to help homeless pets and end animal suffering.
Scott Reiman has been a longtime supporter of the DDFL. Without the compassionate support of community members like Reiman, it would not be able to serve and care for so many animals.
Since 1918, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has offered programs that match adults (Bigs) and youth (Littles) for ongoing mentoring relationships. Currently, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado provides programs that are community-based, sports-centric, and/or academics-focused. Bigs and Littles build their relationships through regular meetings and participating in events and activities together.
Through these programs, Littles are able to build self-confidence, improve academically, and create healthy habits. These positive results are also shown to continue into the adult lives of former Littles, demonstrating the lasting impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring.
On October 18, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado will be marking their centennial at the Big Night Out Gala, which will gather community leaders, philanthropists, and current Bigs and Littles. The event will honor volunteers and corporate partners as well as celebrate a century of guiding youth to a bright future.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has a special place in the heart of Scott Reiman, who spent several years volunteering as a mentor through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He congratulates Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado on 100 years of guiding youth toward a bright future.
One of the world’s most recognized artists is making his mark on Denver.
On view now through January 6, 2019 at The Denver Art Museum is Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker. The DAM is the sole venue in the U.S. to display Dutch Master Rembrandt van Rijn’s work and offers visitors a peek into his life and career of printmaking. The exhibition also coincides with the 350th anniversary of the artist’s death (1606–1669).
Nearly 100 prints from Rembrandt’s 40-year career showcase his approach to printmaking and how he combined the three principle methods of intaglio: etching, drypoint and engraving. Works on view include self-portraits and portraits of prominent Dutch figures as well as biblical, still life, allegorical, genre and landscape artworks.
Although the exhibition centers on Rembrandt’s printmaking, 17 drawings and several paintings are also on view.
The exhibition is included in general admission and thanks to the Free for Kids program, is free for youth ages 18 and under. Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation sponsor the Free for Kids program and support initiatives that offer kids access to art and cultural experiences.
The Dumb Friends League hosted its annual Furry Scurry dog walk on Saturday May 5, at Denver’s Washington Park to raise money for homeless pets in our community.
The event included a two-mile walk around Wash Park, followed by refreshments, food trucks, contests, dog demonstrations and more than 150 pet-related vendors and sponsors at the Flea-less Market.
Each year, the Dumb Friends League helps care for more than 20,000 homeless pets. Money raised from the Furry Scurry aids in the League’s mission to end pet homelessness and animal suffering. This year, the event raised more than $875,000 and is still receiving donations, hoping to hit their $1 million goal.
Funds raised at this event through registration fees and individual donations provide medical care to sick and injured animals, behavior training that allows pets to be adopted more quickly, investigations of animal neglect and mistreatment and more.
As a longtime advocate for the humane treatment of animals, Scott Reiman served on the Denver Dumb Friends League board of directors for more than 10 years and continues to be actively involved with the organization. He has also supported a number of other important animal welfare programs and organizations, most notably the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
To learn more about the Furry Scurry and other ways to get involved, click here.
Check out the video from that day below courtesy of the Denver Dumb Friends League.
What a better place to celebrate your Sports Buddies than courtside.
More than 55 matches of Bigs and Littles from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado took part in a basketball skills event last month with two Denver Nuggets players in honor of National Mentoring Month.
Nuggets shooting guard Malik Beasley and point guard Jamal Murray joined Nuggets Community Ambassadors and officers from the Denver Police Department in a basketball clinic at Moorhead Recreation Center in Aurora, CO. The event, sponsored by Western Union, gave the BBBS Sports Buddies the opportunity to perfect their dribble, three-pointer skills, hang out with professional players and much more. It gave them the opportunity to feel like All-Stars.
Sports Buddies is one of the several mentoring programs offered by BBBS. Program activities are designed to strengthen mentoring relationships while instilling self-confidence, goal setting, collaboration, skill development and healthy lifestyles.
The Sports Buddies Mentoring Program provides mentoring for kids often facing adversity. It also provides an opportunity for kids from low-income families to experience participatory and spectator sports. Many of them do not always have the chance to join sports teams or participate in the wide variety of athletics available to them through Sports Buddies.
Scott Reiman spent several years acting as a mentor for kids through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He agrees that positive relationships with adult mentors can prove to be one of the most fundamental elements of success later in life.