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.
“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’.”
Chris Grande has been around bikes almost all his life. When Chris was a teenager he used to ride his BMX bike 14 miles round trip to the local bike shop. He would hang out there during the summer, which led to his first job working with bikes- and it continued from there. “I love what bicycles mean, what they do, I love the positives they possess,” said Chris. “A bike is a simple solution to many of life’s complex problems.” Read more
2014 was an amazing year for Project ReCycle. The non-profit is growing like crazy. Let’s look back at some of the great successes of the year…. There were two Dream Bike Events, that together provided a bike, helmet, water bottle, and lock to 700 students. And these students earned these bikes by improving their academics, attendance, and being respectful. Way to go kids! 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
AJ Stapleton was first named a “7 Everyday Hero” back in 2012. But since getting to know AJ, I know he is an Everyday Hero, everyday! About six years ago, AJ had a higher calling to collect bikes for under-privileged kids. At the time he was working in insurance, trying to make a living and support his family. “I was the guy that just wanted to make money. I knew some friends and acquaintances that had non-profits, and I remember thinking ‘why would anyone have a non-profit, how would they even make it?'” And yet, here he is, “I don’t have any fear. My job is to do the day to day things that will help the kids,” said AJ. “I do the best that I can.” Read more
Project ReCycle is pleased to announce their newest partnership with Whole Foods Market in Highlands Ranch. Effective October 1st, the Whole Foods store located at (9366 S. Colorado Blvd, Highlands Ranch 80126) became a year-round bike drop-off location for Project ReCycle. Whole Foods’ Higher Purpose Statement describes the company and employee’s commitment to partner and support Project ReCycle. “With great courage, integrity, and love- we embrace our responsibility to co-create a world where each of us, our communities, and our planet can flourish. All the while, celebrating the sheer love and joy of food.” Read more
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