Selected Community Events


Meet, Greet and Eat--Drawing and Fundraiser

Jan 25, 2013 - Jan 26, 2013 January 25, 2013--6-8 pm Colorado Springs

YMCA of the Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, Sansone's Bistro, Denver

Meet, Greet, and Eat! Drawing and Fundraiser

The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, Bright Start Foundation, Sansone’s Bistro, and Nanna’s Teas are partnering together to raise funds to meet needs of Colorado military and veteran families, and are pleased to collaborate with Rocky Mountain PBS for promoting these events and meeting critical needs of Colorado families.

WHAT: Meet, Greet, and Eat! Dinners with Chefs Robert Sansone and Karen Renz

WHEN: Friday, January 25th, 2013 from 6-8 pm (Colorado Springs) (Chef Karen Renz)
Saturday, January 26th, 2012 from 2-4 pm (Denver) (Chef Robert Sansone)

WHERE: YMCA of The Pikes Peak Region (Friday, January 25th) (Chef Karen Renz)
316 N. Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Sansone’s Bistro (Saturday, January 26th) (Chef Robert Sansone)
5969 S. University Boulevard
Greenwood Village, CO 80121

COST: $20 per entry (18 random entries will be chosen to attend each event with a guest)


1. Go to
2. From the drop-down menu, select “Do you want your donation to be affiliated to a specific campaign?”
3. Select “Bright Start Meet, Greet, and Eat! Colorado Springs” and/or “Bright Start—Meet, Greet, and Eat! Denver”
4. Enter $20 in the “I will donate:” to enter the drawing.
5. Select “New Credit Card” and complete the information.

PHONE#: 720.446.8174

ANTICIPATED REVENUE: Revenue supports the YMCA of Pikes Peak Region in Colorado Springs, YMCA of Metropolitan Denver, and Bright Start Foundation

PURPOSE: The “Meet, Greet, and Eat!” fundraisers bring together community
partnerships to raise funds to address critical family needs of military and veterans families, especially during military transitions.

Tax-deductible receipts for donations will be provided.


Military families and veterans are some of the most at-risk people in our nation. Recent Congressional and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reports verify a lack of seamless transitions between military life and civilian life, including transitioning from overseas assignments:

• While civilian homelessness is dropping, the veteran rate of homelessness is increasing
• Transitional employment programs are not allowed by federal law, delaying veteran employment upon discharge
• Homelessness is caused by delays in VA housing (e.g., a female veteran and her family can wait up to four months without VA housing vouchers, putting them on the streets)
• VA federal law does not provide payments for children in shelters and transitional housing
• Military families and veterans have tremendous rates of trauma-based experiences, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
• Trauma, unemployment, and homelessness can cause crises in families resulting in poor communication, domestic violence, interruption in home routines, lack of child safety, good health and nutrition, and keeping the family together


 YMCA of the The Pikes Peak Region is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community-based organization that is committed to improving lives through the spirit, mind, and body. YMCA provides a place to belong where openness and acceptance abound in an atmosphere of friendship and caring, and a place where teamwork is valued, relationships are nurtured, and the uniqueness of the individual is celebrated. YMCA provides supportive services to military and veteran families.

 YMCA of Metropolitan Denver is an independent, not-for-profit association whose common goal is to provide quality programs which promote good health, strong families, youth and development, enhance human and community growth and international understanding. YMCA’s goal is to strengthen the total person so each individual may reach his/her highest potential and enjoy increased well-being.

 The Bright Start Foundation is an incorporated, nonprofit organization that provides family wellness, helping families to cope in transitions, positive family communication, and parent support in the growth and development of their children. Bright Start Foundation provides family wellness programs for families and children in any community. This project supports the provision of Bright Start programs and services to military and veteran families during military/discharge transitions.

 Sansone’s Bistro. Opened in 2003, this cozy hideaway in Greenwood Village is home to Chef Robert Sansone. Featuring one-of-a-kind menus with award-winning weiner schnitzel, South African lamb chops, crispy duck, a gluten-free menu, wine dinners, and specials every night. Sansone’s is very active in the community, raising thousands of dollars to support community organizations. Sansone’s Bistro is proud to be able to be a part of supporting military families in Colorado.

 Nanna’s Teas. Nanna’s Teas first opened in 2010 as a neighborhood tea shop offering loose and bulk teas and rapidly expanded to a full-service restaurant. With the help of three award-winning international chefs, Nanna’s Teas added breakfast, lunch, tea service, and reservation-only dinner by 2012, winning the “Best Breakfast House” from Open Table in February, 2012. After closing for a short time to care for Nanna’s mother, owner Karen Renz opened Nanna’s Tea Shoppe as a “pop-up restaurant” in South Denver, being featured at Ceylon Pearl Tea, Krameria Café, community organizations, and in Montclair Park. This fundraiser will announce Nanna’s Teas Grand Opening on Krameria Street in Denver.
Gary Surdam, 720-446-8174,