Ability Connection provides inclusive education, pathways to employment, and support that helps people thrive. We served more than 40,000 Coloradans with disabilities and their families last year.
Circle K and its Customers Making a Difference
A little change can make a lot of sense.
If you walk into any Circle K or Shell gas station in Colorado you will notice a donation canister on the counter benefiting the programs and services of Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO). Thanks to Circle K and Shell customers like you, invaluable funds have been donated. Spare dollars and cents have made the difference in the lives of more than 41,000 Colorado families and children. Whether you gave .25 cents, $1.00 or $5.00, you helped ACCO provide programs and services for families in need.
Ability Connection Colorado’s partnership with Circle K is invaluable and enables us to do so much more as we serve Colorado communities. For example, in the last year, thanks to Circle K staff and customers, generous annual canister donations enabled us to provide iPads to twenty children living with a disability. Most recently, as part of our Annual Meeting held in March, iPads were awarded to ten children who receive services through ACCO’s Statewide Family Support programs. As a result of receiving an iPad, these children gained access to technology and innovation allowing them to improve their quality of life. From a myriad of therapeutic applications to assisting in communication and education, the iPads served as game changers for these Colorado families. This is one small illustration of how Circle K staff and customers impact lives on a daily basis.
ACCO Annual Meeting a Celebration of Impact and Achievement!
ACCO’s well attended Annual Meeting was held on March 13, 2015. Employees and guests gathered together to review the impacts and outcomes of fiscal year 2013-2014 and to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of coworkers, community agencies and partners through a special annual awards presentation. Additionally, Rick Allsbrook, Market Manager for Circle K Stores, was in attendance to help hand out new iPads to young people with disabilities who participate in ACCO’s Statewide Family Support Programs. Thank you to everyone who attended!
21st Annual Great Balls of Fire 9-Ball Billiards Challenge a Big Success!
Held on February 7th, 2015, at the Wynkoop Brewery, this year’s 21st installment of the annual 9-ball tournament was hosted by the Colorado Professional Firefighters, Denver Firefighters Local 858 and other local area firefighters and helped raise $90,000 for children with developmental needs through the Kyle E. fisher Memorial Fund at Ability Connection Colorado. Parents, Brian & Kelli Fisher, set up the memorial fund in honor of their son, Kyle, who was born with Cerebral Palsy. Proceeds from this uplifting event help ACCO provide scholarships for therapy and early education for children who otherwise would not receive these services. It is a fitting tribute and meaningful way to share with others the spirit, courage and inspirational joy for life and learning that Kyle embraced so strongly.
Presenting sponsor, Circle K, along with 35 other sponsors provided players for the event which made up most of the 60 teams that participated. In addition to billiards play, the event also featured a silent auction, local area sports celebrities and even a couple of Bronco cheerleaders. Ability Connection Colorado would like to extend our thanks to all of the sponsors, contributors, volunteers and players who participated and made the event such a big success.
To view pictures from the event, please visit our gallery page.