Blacktie Bulletin: Bill & Melinda Gates-Backed Web College Opening In Denver

October 24, 2012

Welcome to Blacktie-Colorado’s new periodic column for nonprofit organizations! If you have questions about this email, please write to Brett McCann-Lehl at If you want to start getting Blacktie for Business emailed to you, sign up here.


THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION has given $3.1 million to fund a Web-based school of higher education that’s opening its first branch in Denver and is ready to accept applicants, the Denver Business Journal reports. Its name is Portmont College at Mount St. Mary’s, a nonprofit joint venture of Los Angeles-based Mount St. Mary’s College and the MyCollege Foundation, which is a grantee of the Gates Foundation.

THIS WEEK, the Flying W Ranch foundation is selling items to raise money to reclaim land burned by the Waldo Canyon fire.

* October 20, 2012 – Western Fantasy 2012: “Stars Over the Rockies, Legends of the West”
* October 20, 2012 – SafeHouse Denver’s Hope Gala: Celebrating the Women, Children and Youth of SafeHouse Denver

COLORADO LT. GOV. JOE GARCIA visited the Pueblo Monday to praise a training program that will hopefully bring and help retain teachers in classrooms across the San Luis Valley. The former president of Colorado State University-Pueblo said collaboration was key in helping at-risk students succeed and lessening the impacts they have on our communities if they fail to make it through school.

What’s even better than a Halloween party at Linger? A Halloween party at Linger to support a good cause! Join us for Necro Noche, a spooky fundraiser on October 29th, featuring:
~ The best in local restaurant fare from Linger, Cholon, Beast & Bottle, Twelve, Row14 and more
~ Complimentary cocktails
~ Killer entertainment
~ Interactive fun ‘n’ games
~ Costumes required (badass prize for the best costume)
~ $100 General Admission tickets include: heavy hors d’oeuvres, open bar and entertainment
~ $150 VIP tickets include: early access to cocktail hour at 6pm, a private party tent on the roof, and a $25 gift certificate to Linger
~ 100% of net proceeds benefit The GrowHaus.

ADVERTISE YOUR EVENT on Blacktie-Colorado for just $150 a week. Email Brett McCann-Lehl at

THE DENVER CSU ALUMNI NETWORK is looking for projects in the first half of 2013 to participate in as a volunteer group. Email:

BLACKTIE’S SISTER COMPANY, Efficient Tickets, is now selling tickets for the Halloween Masquerade Ball, an Oct. 26 Halloween party to raise money for the survivors of the Aurora and Columbine Tragedy. It’s hosted by Phoenix999 a non-profit charity created by the survivors of the Columbine Tragedy and by Friends of Humanity a local volunteer group that helps local charities raise money.

CONSIDER EFFICIENT TICKETS for your next ticketed event. Online ticketing is inexpensive, consumer-friendly and provides your organization with valuable purchasing and entrance data. Contact Brett McCann-Lehl at 303-339-3819.

* Dianne Reitan has joined the Diocese of Colorado Springs as development coordinator.
* The TREA Memorial Foundation, a charitable affiliate of TREA: The Enlisted Association, announced the selection of Larry C. Anderson of Colorado Springs as its national chairman.
* The Space Foundation announced the promotion of Charles P. “Chuck” Zimkas Jr. from chief operating officer to president, reporting to CEO Elliot H. Pulham.
* Hope & Home, a foster care and foster/adopt agency, has promoted Leonard Green to director of Kyndra’s Hope, the agency’s outreach program to engage the faith-based community in child abuse prevention efforts.

HAVING TROUBLE MANAGING DONATION REQUESTS? Blacktie can set up a website for your business or organization that makes it easy for you to be responsive to charity requests and carefully manage all aspects of the process. Here’s a request page we set up for a local company. For information about BT Donation Tracker, call Don Knox at 720-272-0961.

DID YOU KNOW? You can advertise your nonprofit event easily and affordably to 300,000 readers in the 17 Colorado Community Media newspapers from Thornton to Castle Rock? Blacktie offers discounted rates to organizations that have not previously advertised in the CCM publications. These publications include Arvada Press, Castle Rock News-Press, Centennial Citizen, Douglas County News-Press, Englewood Herald, Golden Transcript, Highlands Ranch Herald, Lakewood Sentinel, Littleton Independent, Lone Tree Voice, Northglenn-Thornton Sentinel, Parker Chronicle, Westminster Window, Westsider and Wheat Ridge Transcript. Call Brett McCann-Lehl or Don Knox at 303-832-2903 for more details!

10/24/2012 – Happy Hour at McLoughlin’s Benefiting the YESS Institute
10/24/2012 – LIGHT | An Illuminated Celebration of the McNichols Building in Civic Center Park
10/24/2012 – AWS Pete Marczyk Battle Royale! New World vs. Old World Wines
10/25/2012 – Sustainability Dine-a-logue: Special Election Edition
10/25/2012 – The Brief
10/25/2012 – LOL: A Comedy Benefit for Think 360 Arts
10/26/2012 – Circles of Change
10/26/2012 – Friends of Manual Breakfast
10/26/2012 – Logo Design Basics
10/26/2012 – Mapleton Education Foundation “Storybook Ball”
10/27/2012 – City Slicker Soiree to benefit Roundup River Ranch
10/29/2012 – The GrowHaus — Necro Noche
10/30/2012 – 10th Annual Partners for a Bold Future Breakfast
10/30/2012 – Friends of the Haven Annual Fundraiser and Dinner
10/30/2012 – Chefs 180 featuring Daniel Asher of Linger
10/31/2012 – CBCA’s 2012 Economic Activity Study of Metro Denver Culture
10/31/2012 – Martian Sock Hop Halloween Ball Benefitting the Historic Elitch Theatre
11/1/2012 – Denver Republican 1st Thursday Breakfast
11/1/2012 – Colorado “I Have A Dream” Foundation annual gala
11/2/2012 – Christ the King’s Fall Fest 2012
11/3/2012 – Broomfield Early Childhood Summit
11/5/2012 – Denver Business Forum: Latin America presented by the MSU Denver School of Business
11/7/2012 – Stout Street Foundation’s Annual Fall Luncheon and Silent Auction
11/7/2012 – The Denver Scholarship Foundation’s 2012 Ed Gala- Presented by DaVita and the Thiry O’Leary Foundation
11/8/2012 – CASN 2012 Fall Conference
11/8/2012 – Aurora Mental Health Center Mental Health First Aid
11/8/2012 – 21st Annual Civil Rights Awards
11/8/2012 – A Taste for Life benefiting Project Angel Heart
11/8/2012 – Energy Africa Conference
11/9/2012 – 2012 Statewide Sustainability Roundtable
11/9/2012 – CASN 2012 Fall Conference
11/9/2012 – Aurora Mental Health Center Mental Health First Aid
11/9/2012 – Sport Sales Workshop
11/9/2012 – National Philanthropy Day in Colorado
11/9/2012 – Energy Africa Conference
11/10/2012 – CASN 2012 Fall Conference
11/10/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
11/10/2012 – “Wine with Friends” Assumption 100 year Gala Event
11/10/2012 – CMF & RMCMA’s Feast for the Senses
11/13/2012 – CJPW’s Focus on Formal Networking
11/13/2012 – University of Colorado Depression Center Fall Fundraising Luncheon
11/13/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
11/14/2012 – Meet the Women With A Cause WE Scholars
11/15/2012 – CPGR Luncheon Program
11/15/2012 – Benefits 101
11/15/2012 – Bright Beginnings Goodnight Moon Gala
11/15/2012 – Rooting Down, Rising Up
11/17/2012 – KATA Foundation’s Bravehearts Hoot ‘N’ Holler
11/17/2012 – The Humane Society of the United States & Prairie Dog Coalition’s Annual Gala- Living on Burrowed Time
11/27/2012 – NCNRC November Monthly Nonprofit Networking Event
11/28/2012 – Capitol Rock
11/30/2012 – Introduction to Arts Integration


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