If you would like to support the victims and families of the Aurora shooting tragedy, you can donate to a longstanding, trusted community foundation to make sure your gifts are directed to the nonprofit organizations serving those affected. The Aurora Victim Relief Fund has been established in partnership with Gov. John Hickenlooper through the Community First Foundation. This fund will only be used to meet the immediate and long-term needs of victims and their families and, as funds are available, to the broad needs of those affected in the community. Community First Foundation has waived all fees for the administration of this fund.
Community First Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) public charity that provides tax incentives for donations as allowed by law. It has been serving the community for more than 35 years, helping donors and nonprofits come together to improve quality of life in the Denver metro area. It funds community programs, supports the services of nonprofit organizations, and assists individuals with charitable giving.
To make a donation, send a check to:
Community First Foundation
6870 W. 52nd Avenue, Suite 103
Arvada, Colorado 80002
If you would like to make a wire transfer, please contact Community First Foundation at (720) 898-5900 for special instructions.
If you would like to make an online donation, please go to: www.GivingFirst.org. You can donate with all major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express).
Through www.GivingFirst.org individuals can make donations to other local organizations that are dedicated to the victims and families of the horrific July 20 shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Organizations include:
• Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network
• Aurora Mental Health Center
• Bonfils Blood Center Foundation
• Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance
• Community Reach Center
• Denver Center for Crime Victims
• Jefferson Center for Mental Health
• Mental Health America of Colorado
• Metro Crisis Services, Inc.
Donations can also be accepted in person on Friday, August 3rd from 5:00am – 12:30pm at the CBS Buzz Bus that will parked at DazBog Coffee on 12th and Speer. For more information call (303) 830-6510.
Bonfils Blood Center
Bonfils is encouraging community members who want to donate blood to call to schedule an appointment or find a donor center/mobile drive nearest you. They are in need of O-, A- and platelet donations and ask that donors with those blood types please consider donating. Bonfils is also experiencing a high volume of calls and website traffic at this time and they ask for your cooperation and patience as you try to schedule an appointment. To make an appointment call (303) 363-2300 or visit bonfils.org.
Following the shooting of dozens of people in a movie theater in Aurora, there are several ways authorities are suggesting people can help out.
Anyone with tips on the police investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).
The public line for victims and witnesses is (303) 739-1862.
Christian Bale flew into Denver to visit with the survivors of the theater shooting. He did it quietly so no one knew he was coming to town. He took pictures and spent time at 2 different hospitals visiting victims and hospital staff.
A U.S. Navy veteran who served three tours of duty in the Middle East. A 6-year-old girl excited about her swimming classes. A Target employee who shielded his girlfriend and her brother with his own body.They and nine others were killed in the shooting rampage during a midnight showing of "The Dark Knight Rises" in a Denver suburb. Here are their stories.
Jessica Ghawi Redfield was an aspiring sports writer in her mid-20s who had narrowly escaped another mass shooting in Toronto just last month.She had recently moved to Denver from San Antonio to pursue her dream and was working as an intern at a Denver sports radio station.Six weeks ago, when the young sports writer had just missed getting caught in the Toronto food court shoot-out, she reflected on how lucky she was and how fragile life is in a blog post about the attack."I found out after seeing a map of the scene that minutes later a man was standing in the same spot where I just ate, and opened fire in the food court full of people. ... I would've been in the same place where one of the victims was found," Jessica wrote.Her brother wrote on his blog Friday, "The outpouring of support for my family is overwhelming. Hearing from people from all of the world. My family thanks you."
Alex Sullivan was at the movie as part of this 27th birthday celebration. Sunday was to be his wedding anniversary.His family released a statement Friday night saying, "The Sullivan family lost a cherished member of their family today. Alex was smart, funny and above all loved dearly by his friends and family."
Matt McQuinn was killed while trying to provide cover for his girlfriend, a family spokesman said.McQuinn and his friend, Nick Yowler, dove on top of Samantha Yowler to shield her from bullets, the family said.Yowler was shot in the knee, and is recovering in the hospital.
Petty Officer Third Class John Larimer was a U.S. Navy sailor from Crystal Lake, Ill.He was assigned to the U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. Tenth Fleet at Buckley Air Force and worked as a a cryptologic technician.His family said they were making arrangements to bring the remains back to Illinois. "We love you John and we will miss you always," the family said in a statement.
Micayla Medek is among the dead, her father's cousin, Anita Busch, told the AP.Busch said the family heard the news after waiting for 19 hours."I hope this evil act ... doesn't shake people's faith in God," Busch said.
AJ Boik graduated from Gateway High School this year where he played baseball, a family spokesman said.According to a statement from the family, "AJ was a wonderful, handsome and loving eighteen year old young man with a warm and loving heart."Boik was at the movie with his girlfriend, who was not hurt.
Jesse Childress was injured in the shooting and died at the hospital.He was a reservist with the Air Force and worked as a cyber-systems operator at Buckley Air Force Base.He lived in Thornton and was single.
According to friends and family, Blunk wanted to be a hero."He always talked about if he were going to die, he wanted to die a hero," his estranged wife, Chantel Blunk, told NBC News.Blunk was at the movie with a friend who credited him with saving her life.Blunk leaves behind his wife, Chantel, and two children.
Alex Teves' father, Tom Teves, told ABC News that his son had blocked his girlfriend from a bullet when he was shot and killed.Teves was a graduate of Desert Vista High School in Tempe, Ariz. and was attending the University of Denver graduate school.Teves' father said he had "a heart of gold."
Rebecca Wingo, 32, lived and worked in Aurora and was the mother of two.She worked at Schryver Medical as an intake specialist.Wingo's father wrote an emotional Facebook post about the loss of his daughter."I lost my daughter yesterday to a mad man, my grief right now is inconsolable, I hear she died instantly, without pain, however the pain is unbearable. Lord why, why, why????," Steve Hernandez wrote.
Gordon W. Cowden was 51, and was a "Loving father, outdoorsman and small business owner," said a family spokesman."Cowden was a true Texas gentleman that loved life and his family. A quick witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor, he will be remembered for his devotion to his children and for always trying his best to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle”, spokesman said.Cowden had taken his two teenage children to the theater the night of the tragedy. The teenagers escaped unharmed.
Bj was wondering if Jamie had a summer job or a list of things to do at home during summer break, reports say that kids are getting fatter and dumber these day and are not required to do as much as we did as kids
Listen to the conversation HERE
We have Producer Micky on phone.. last week he and Howie went out drinking and the next morning Howie flew to Chicago and left Mickyat his house and now Howie’s vodka is gone and he thinks mike may had stayed all week and had a party. Turns out he did!!
A british scientist created a Christian Grey composite based on the descriptions of 12 women.
Jamie thinks he's hot, while Howie thinks it looks like a younger producer Sean.
Listen to the conversation HERE!
Springsteen had worked the crowd for three hours when McCartney joined him. They were singing for 65,000 fans in the pouring rain when the organizers turned off the microphones because of a 10.30 p.m. curfew.
listen to our conversation HERE about dissapointing concerts you have been to.
Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil was arrested in Miami Saturday night, and according to the police report, Dumervil, a 2006 fourth-round pick out of Louisville, is accused of aggravated assault with a firearm. Bond has been set at $7,500. CBS4 was first to report the news.
Denver - July 3, Civic Center Park (Broadway and Colfax), Denver, 8 p.m.
The third annual Independence Eve Celebration will feature a free patriotic concert by The Colorado Symphony, an innovative light show on the Denver City and County Building and a stunning fireworks finale. Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; blankets or low-rise concert/beach chairs are encouraged. More information available at 9news.com
Denver Outlaws vs. Ohio Machine - July 3, Sports Authority Field, Denver, 7 p.m.
Featuring Denver’s only post-game fireworks show on July 4, the Outlaws offer a unique close-proximity experience with fireworks launched from inside the bowl at Sports Authority Field. The fireworks are paired with a music video tribute on the stadium’s 97-foot wide THUNDERVISION screen. More information available at denveroutlaws.com
Other City fireworks displays - Check out 9news.com for the full list of scheduled fireworks & canceled shows.
Listen to the conversation HERE!
Being a cat lady can take a toll on your mental health! A new study has found that owning cats may pose a risk factor in why some people attempt suicide due to a bug found in cat feces that can compromise mental health.
Read the full story at theglobeandmail.com!
Anderson Cooper has finally officially come out of the closet! In a letter written to Andrew Sullivan of thedailybeast.com, Cooper states "It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something - something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true... The fact is, I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."
Read the letter at andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com