The All Colorado Beer Festival is a 501(c)(3) corporation registered in Colorado. The organization was established in 2007 to operate beer festivals with the express purpose of raising funds for Colorado Springs area nonprofits. To date, through ticket sales and our entirely volunteer staff, the ACBF has generated $315,000 for our beneficiaries. We could not make these large contributions without the many people involved in the festival. First, and foremost, the brewers. Without their generous donation of beer, there would be no festival. Brewers are not paid! They donate all the beer. Second, you our guests. About half the price of each ticket goes directly to our beneficiaries and may qualify as a donation on your taxes. Finally, our entire volunteer staff: the planning committee, the captains and assistant captains, and the individual volunteers. Every person involved is a key contributor!
The beneficiaries for the 2015 All Colorado Beer Festival were:
THEATREWORKS is the region’s premiere professional theatre located on the campus of the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. It was founded in 1975 as a central outreach program of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. THEATERWORKS is a professional, regional theater dedicated to creating challenging and innovative productions of classic and contemporary theatre for the enjoyment, education and stimulation of our community, including the Pikes Peak Region, the University of Colorado, and, on occasion the larger world. THEATREWORKS was the ACBF’s first beneficiary. We are proud to have donated $129,000 to THEATREWORKS over nine years.
Visit THEATREWORKS at www.theatreworkscs.org
Empty Stocking Fund
The Empty Stocking Fund is an annual holiday fundraising campaign that supports 14 Pikes Peak Area health and human service agencies that help people in crisis and assist others in attaining self-sufficiency. Established more than 20 years ago by Colorado Springs’ local newspaper, The Gazette, the Fund has provided nearly $7.3 million in grant support. The Gazette partners with the El Pomar and Bruni Foundations to match contributions made by the community. Every dollar a donor gives grows up to 63 percent through these matches. The Gazette and El Pomar share all administrative expenses so 100 percent of funds raised goes toward helping those in need. The ACBF is the largest organizational donor to the Empty Stocking Fund with more than $77,000 donated to date.
Visit Empty Stocking Fund at www.fillanemptystocking.org
The Home Front Cares is a non- profit 501(c) corporation that has helped more than 1,800 families, contributing over $1,330,000 in aid since our founding in 2003. THFC delivers assistance through a close collaboration with the Army Community Service at Fort Carson and the Family Support Centers at the United States Air Force Academy, Peterson Air Force Base, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, and Schriever Air Force Base. The family support centers identify and verify financial needs. The ACBF has contributed almost $75,000 to THFC.
Visit Homefront Cares at www.thehomefrontcares.org
ACBF Scholarship Fund at UCCS
In 2013, the ACBF established a scholarship fund at UCCS and funded it with $5,000. To date the scholarship fund has granted $23,000 in scholarships. The fund is open to any UCCS student with preference for students needing a small amount of money ($500-$1,000) to finish their degree program. For example, money to buy books for the final semester.
For more information, contact the financial aid office at UCCS: www.uccs.edu/finaid/index.html