Great Balls of Fire – 9-Ball Billiards Challenge

Help us Celebrate 27 Years!

April, 2021 UPDATE from the Committee: 2021 BILLIARDS CANCELLED

Dear Great Balls of Fire Billiards Community Members,

We are sad to have to announce that the 2021 Billiards Challenge, scheduled for May 1st, will not occur due to COVID safety restrictions. The pandemic has had an enormous impact on the entire community and the health and safety of everyone has, and always will be, our number one priority.

Your continued support of our Billiards Challenge, and for Ability Connection Colorado’s Kyle E. Fisher Fund and Creative Options for Early Childhood Education Program has been nothing short of incredible over the past 27 years! It’s important that you know that ACCO couldn’t have provided services for at-risk children without your help and support.

Thank you to each and everyone of you who have offered to donate to this year’s tournament despite not being able to have it! Your generosity is inspiring to us all!

If you still have it in your 2021 budget, we would greatly appreciate your continued support. Your donation is 100% tax-deductible and can qualify for the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit (CCTC). See bottom of page for more information on the CCTC.

Meanwhile as our billiards committee and other firefighter friends have said… We plan to be back bigger and better next year! Until then, PLEASE take care of yourselves, stay healthy, and know we are here for you always.

Stay Safe and Connected,

Brian, Kelli, Mitchell, and MacKenzie Fisher, Event Founder

Judith Ham, President & CEO Ability Connection Colorado

The 27th Annual Great Balls of Fire 9-Ball Billiards Challenge Committee Members

Terri Armstrong, Development Director Ability Connection Colorado

Kyle E. Fisher

Kyle E. Fisher

The challenge is dedicated to Kyle E. Fisher who was born with Cerebral Palsy. Brian and Kelli Fisher felt very fortunate that they were able to provide all of the early intervention services that their son needed to achieve his greatest potential. They were also concerned about the many children born with disabilities who did not have this same opportunity. Ability Connection Colorado honors Kyle’s legacy with the Kyle E. Fisher Early Childhood Education Center. With this center in mind, the Fisher family established the Kyle E. Fisher Memorial Fund when Kyle passed away. Funds raised through the billiards challenge provide critical and comprehensive early education for at-risk children age birth to five. As a result infants, toddlers and preschool children became physically and emotionally healthier, and school ready.


The tournament is hosted by the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters, Denver Firefighters Local 858 and Wynkoop Brewing Company. The Billiards Challenge is all about the goodness in people, who want to make a critical difference in the lives of at-risk children and their families.

Amateur players and celebrities team up at Wynkoop Brewing Company for an afternoon of friendly competition at the pool tables.

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Sports Celebrities  ♦  Denver Broncos Cheerleaders  ♦  Fabulous Food  ♦  Silent Auction  ♦  Games & Prizes

Ways to get involved… By sponsoring the event, you are guaranteeing your company’s name is in play at the hottest tables in town! It’s a win-win for everyone! Your company’s participation supports children in need and is a great opportunity to meet new friends, clients and future customers, while generating winning exposure for your company among industry peers. Note: Eighty-nine cents of every dollar goes directly into the Kyle E. Fisher Memorial Fund and Creative Options for Early Childhood Education.

  • Donate a product or service to the silent auction. Call Terri Armstrong at (303) 691-9339.
“Our proud Denver firefighters. Great food and drink and shooting pool at the legendary Wynkoop for a terrific cause. I wouldn’t miss it and neither should you! Come join us for this fun event.” Jim Benemann

Emmy-award Winning Journalist, CBS4

Colorado Child Care Contribution Tax Credit

When you give to the 27th Annual Great Balls of Fire 9-Ball Challenge, you can take advantage of tax credit programs that enable you to give more, receive something in return and possibly multiply your gift in the process!

When you or your business contributes funds to promote and develop child care activities, you can get a 50% Colorado Tax Credit, in addition to your regular state and federal contribution deductions. Please consult with your tax advisor for more information.

Click here to read more about the Child Care Contribution Tax Credit (PDF).

As with all charitable contributions, please consult your tax specialist or accountant.

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