Each year we choose non-profits that work in the environmental, educational and humanitarian space, but again this year we are supporting a family member closer to home. Our partner and brother Michael Welle and his wife Aja have been stoically caring for and supporting the treatment of their two year old daughter Emery Welle.
"My name is Michael Welle with Bonfire Entertainment and our 2-year-old daughter Emery was diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer known as embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma when she was only 5 months old. For almost 2 years Emmy has been undergoing regular chemotherapy treatments at the incredible Children's Hospital in Denver, CO. Her prognosis is encouraging but this tough little ladybug still has a long road to travel before she gets better. The future is absolutely uncertain but we do know that there will be a lot of medical bills and out of pocket expenses not covered by insurance as her treatment continues. Donations from Emmy's Friends will help us cover these expenses as we work towards getting this sweet little lady cancer free!
We thank you from the deepest reaches of our hearts for your generosity in helping Emery get better and we thank you for being one of Emmy's Friends!" More info here.
The Beach, Buena Vista
The Beach is entirely a community wide effort, supported by local vendors and volunteers; a non-profit started by the founders of the South Main Neighborhood. In the beginning of South Main, Jed Selby and his sister Katie Selby-Urban were the ones who took the initiative to donate the river park, write grants, pledge matching funds and bring projects like the whitewater park, boulder garden and outdoor living room to the town of Buena Vista. However, they knew that there needed to be an organization to sustainably continue awesome projects like these into the future. To make that happen they formed the South Main Arts and Parks Trust to bring art, culture, and world class recreation to the neighborhood and town. More info here.