June 14, 2003 - Jazzercize Takes To The Field For Family Tree
What: 18th Annual Jazzercize Challenge
Where: Invesco Field at Mile High
When: Saturday, June 14, 7pm
Beneficiary: Family Tree
Executive Director: Ruth Ann Russell
Staff: Executive Staff: Don Moseley, Jane Pemberton, TomLose, Brooke Davidson, Scott Shields
Entertainment: Jazzercizers performing a dance routine
Special Thanks: Jazzercize of Metro Denver, Angie McVicker and Colorado Rapids
Information: 303-422-2133 and www. thefamilytree.org
Donors: Jazzercize pledge donors and Colorado Rapids Foundation
Planning Committee: Angie McVicker(Jazzercize), Colorado Rapids Kim Torres, Kieran Cain , Steven Lange, Family Tree Larry Beck, Linda Weiler
Board of Directors: Chair: Michael Crennen, Past Chair: Rev. Arlyn L.Tolzmann, Chair-E: Brian T. Ballard, Secretary: Adele Alvarado, Treasurer: David H. Roll, Board Members: Deb Hurley Brobst, Ronald R. Burns, Staci Busby, Constance L. Calkin, W.A. (Bill) Clayton, Jackie A. English, Sharon L. Harper, Darren S. Markley, Ruth Ann Russell, Jefrey W. Seifried, Shirley Thomas
Blacktie Photos by: Phyllis St.John
Lots of action, action action.
JAZZERCISE TAKES TO THE FIELD FOR FAMILY TREE
There was more than one reason to celebrate at the Colorado Rapids soccer game, Saturday night at Invesco Field. Not only did the Rapids beat the New England Revolution, 4 –1, but Family Tree was the beneficiary of over $21,000 due to the efforts of local Jazzercise clubs.
For the past 18 years, area Jazzercise clubs have staged a half time event at a Bronco’s game or a Colorado Rapids game in support of Family Tree. Jazzercise participants collected a minimum of a one hundred dollar pledge to be eligible for participation in the half time show. Junior Jazzercisers, from seven to fourteen, also took part in the festivities. Prizes were awarded to individuals with the highest total pledges, with winners announced on June 14th. The grand prize was a suite for 16 people at a Colorado Rapids game. Second prize was a pair of round- trip tickets for anywhere in the United States that Frontier Airlines flies. Third prize was a $250 Jazzertog certificate. The Junior Jazzercise grand prize was an autographed soccer ball and a Colorado Rapids uniform.
The group gathered together at 10am Saturday morning at a field north of town and practiced their choreographed routine for hours in the heat and sun, perfecting their performance for the half time crowd. At 7pm they were in the Media Room at the stadium, polishing up the finishing touches. Over 120 performers were spread throughout the room laughing and chatting as they anxiously awaited their call.
Half time…and the Jazzercize group took to the field, some in red, white and blue uniforms, others in white tee- shirts and shorts. The music began and the beat was on. Arms flew, legs kicked and smiles were in place as the crowd enjoyed a spectacle of exercise and dance. Rapid, the Colorado Rapids mascot, was not about to miss the excitement. He joined in with the Jazzercisers adding a humorous element to the proceedings.
Too soon the dance was over; the group trooped back to the Media Room to gather their belongings and say goodbye to new friends. They then joined their families and friends in the stands to watch the Rapids demolish the Revolution.
The Family Tree mission is to help people feel safe, strong and self-reliant through a variety of programs. They provide a broad range of services and shelters to families and youth of metro Denver. Family Tree services victims of domestic violence, the homeless, victims of child abuse and those experiencing other family crises. In 2002, they provided more than 24,000 nights of safe shelter to youth and families who, without their help, might have been homeless.