Last week, on the night of November 4th, Comedy Works was filled with laughter. It was Project ReCycle’s 4th annual “Night of Laughter”, the non-profit’s largest fund-raiser. This year’s headliner featured Phil Palisoul’s humorous antics. The audience played along with Phil and had an amazing time. The doors opened at 5:30 pm with a silent auction, food, and spirits. Individuals and businesses donated items everywhere from an autographed Kenny Chesney guitar to Ride the Rockies guaranteed entries…. by the time the night was over there was $50,000 brought in for the charity! This year packed in the fun and people- over 350 volunteers, board members, and friends joined in. Read more
Last week was the big ride, and what a ride it was, 465 miles and over 32,500′ in elevation gain. The Project ReCycle Team rode “Ride the Rockies” as ambassadors for the non-profit. The team’s goal was to raise enough money to pay for 300 bikes to be refurbished and delivered- the amount of bikes given at the Dream Bike Event at Sedalia back in May. So far the team has raised $4,211, enough for 100 bikes. But there’s still time to support the team and help them reach their goal.
Greg Archunde has been with Project ReCycle from the very beginning- where it all started in AJ Stapleton’s garage. “I enjoy being on a bike, I have a love for kids, and AJ’s passion for Project ReCycle is infectious,” said Greg. “It’s been fantastic to see where Project ReCycle started and to watch that growth. We haven’t reached our full potential, but realizing how much we’re already doing is truly inspiring. Iv’e been through a number of events and a lot of memories- seeing the smiles on the kid’s faces when they get their bike and hearing the stories from the parents and how grateful they are, show what a difference we make. It’s a simple thing that means a lot,” said Greg.
“When Aj first started Project ReCycle we couldn’t even pull our cars into the garage,” said AJ’s wife, Nancy Stapleton laughing. “It’s a three car garage and it was filled with bikes.” Bikes were spilling out… they were on the side of the house and the patio too! So you can only imagine how happy Nancy was when the Castle Rock Adventist Hospital offered the 4th floor for Project ReCycle to store their bicycles. “It’s just incredible how Project ReCycle has grown, ” said Nancy. “The Kickstand is amazing when you see all of the bikes together, it’s the ‘Wow Factory’.”
Wade Haufschild and a few other devoted cyclists have formed a team for Ride the Rockies come June of this year. This team will serve as ambassadors for Project ReCycle. It will be Wade’s third year riding the rockies and his friend Greg’s fourth ride. Wade’s wife has also joined the team and some other friends have joined as well. Wade was introduced to AJ Stapleton through a friend of his. He recently ran into AJ and they spoke about Ride the Rockies, “We need a team for Project ReCycle,” AJ told Wade. And that’s how it all got started. Wade and his friend Greg learned the first year, that if you don’t enter as a team, only one of you may get in. Read more
The Social, a restaurant nestled in the Castle Pines community, is a local gathering place. Gurney Thompson, one of the partners who opened The Social has decided to take initiative and follow through with the restaurant’s original mission- to give back to the community. “My birthday is this coming Monday,” said Gurney. “So I thought, what better way to celebrate than to start our new program, Social Give Back Monday.” The Social will donate 10% of the entire proceeds to Project ReCycle every third Monday starting this week. “Giving back has always been something we have wanted to do and I wanted to start honoring that.”
Yesterday was Colorado Gives Day. Colorado Gives Day is a statewide event to encourage people to donate to non-profits through online giving. And Colorado gave so big to Project ReCycle! AJ Stapleton and everyone who volunteers, supports, and works with Project ReCycle Thanks You Colorado!! “I am so grateful!!! I continue to be amazed by the out- pouring of generosity from all of you, my friends. I am learning to ask for help, knowing that together we can accomplish so much more, together we can bless and change the lives of so many children,” said AJ Stapleton, the non-profit’s Executive Director. Read more
Dawn Cochlan started volunteering with Project ReCycle about a year ago, but just right after Labor Day she became AJ Stapleton’s assistant. When AJ first told Dawn what he needed help with- he said holding his head, “I need you to take what’s in here and put it into that computer.” Dawn pointed to the computer and said, “I am here to help you in more ways than this.” In fact Dawn said giggling, “My email signature says-AJ’s right arm!” Read more
Brian Hart and Aaron Rankin are two philanthropists dedicated to making life better by donating to good causes. Their charitable acts have helped many children in Colorado. Last week at Project ReCycle’s “Night of Laughter“, they donated a framed and signed Peyton Manning jersey for the silent auction. It ended up bringing in a bid of $1800! “I bought the jersey and Brian framed it,” said Aaron. “I wanted to help bring in a large amount of money, I wanted to be part of that.” “I wanted to get the bidding started right away,”said Aaron. “So I was the first to bid and I started at a $1000.” Read more
On Wednesday night, Project ReCycle hosted a “Night of Laughter” at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village. It was the 3rd annual fundraiser’s best year yet! Everyone from family, friends, volunteers, board members, and team cyclists showed up. It was definitely a night of laughter and good times. Read more