KidsTek held our first annual Bet for Tech event at Denver’s Grant-Humphreys Mansion on October 26. This was an entry point event for new friends and donors to get to know KidsTek and its programs better. Attendees participated in a casino night, with their buy-in being their personal donation. Attendees used their chips to play black jack, poker, roulette and craps with a goal of winning big. The guests enjoyed great conversation, hors d’oeuvres and laughter. At the end of the evening, the guests with the most chips won the prize packages presented by KidsTek.
Along with the full-time KidsTek management staff, two instructors came to enjoy the evening and spread the word about our mission. Emily Tow, instructor at West Middle School and Hinkley High School in Aurora attended, as well as Wyatt Academy instructor, Betsy Powers. Betsy spoke highly of the evening saying, “In the past year that I’ve been with KidsTek, it’s been exciting to see the organization expand to new fundraising events such as casino night. Any sort of new, creative, and appealing activity is special because it encourages people to support a good cause. I love that as an instructor who works with the kids directly, I can also attend our events and help bridge the gap between donors and those influenced.” Not only do events like these help instructors feel more in tune with KidsTek’s mission, but the donors are also impacted positively by these interactions.
KidsTek had wonderful co-sponsors for the evening: NexusTek, Swiftpage, and Peak 10 + ViaWest. Because of these generous sponsors, KidsTek was able to bring in engaging and talented croupiers. Some guests did not have an extensive understanding of the variety of games that were available at the event, so the croupiers were more than pleased to share their expertise. This provided a fun learning environment in which all could partake and enjoy the evening. The prizes at the end of the event included a chef’s dinner for twelve, a two-night stay at Two Rivers Winery and Chateau, a $200 gift card to Del Frisco’s Steak house, a basket of various wines, and a private event for thirty at Memory Lane, an historical event center in Highlands Ranch.
Thanks to all who participated and helped KidsTek continue its mission serving Colorado students. It is because of events and donors like these that KidsTek is able to continue reaching many students through technology in the Denver Metro area.
KidsTek prepares students for academic, career and personal success by increasing tech literacy at Colorado’s highest-needs schools. We have a vision that every KidsTek student will be empowered and prepared for the future of their choice. KidsTek has served the Denver Metro community for 17 years through our innovative after school, project-based enrichment programs, and our in-school technical certificate programs reaching thousands of Colorado students.