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Bags of Fun – Our Story

What began as a mother’s wish to offer a playful respite for her daughter fighting brain cancer has now become a movement to reclaim the innocence and playfulness of childhood for those that are threatened by the realities of their medical conditions. Bags of Fun are an essential tool that brings the power of play into the hospitals. For the child it brings instant excitement and a distraction from their pain, illness and anxiety. For parents, it is gratitude at a time when being thankful and hopeful is not often possible. Since inception of the program in 2004, Bags of Fun has fulfilled every request from the participating hospitals. It is our annual goal to be able to fund 100% of the requests and to not have to deny any requests.

Bags of Fun is independent of the hospitals and each Bag of Fun is funded by the Gabby Krause Foundation. Our organization is distinctive in that it focuses on unique play as a means of recovery for kids in the fight of their lives. This is a theme that we truly work and live by. All of our events focus on play…play for the family, play for kids that aren’t able to play, play for the adults. Through Gabby’s legacy of playing through her fight, we have created a program that every donor can connect to and at the same time, we connect to every donor.

2021 Opportunities to Support Bags of Fun

June Jam Music Festival

Hosted by Charles Schwab to benefit Bags of Fun for Palliative Care at Children’s Hospital, this event features live music, local choirs and ensembles, dinner, drinks and entertainment for the whole family. Palliative care is designed to ease the symptoms, pain and stress of serious illness for children and family, working to create positive experiences and celebrate moments of joy for families and their child during this difficult time.

Essential details:

  • Spring date TBD at the Charles Schwab Amphitheater in Lone Tree
  • Unique crowd of 1,500+ community members including families, couples, corporate employees and young professionals
  • Picnic style event featuring lively music festival atmosphere
  • Presenting Sponsor is Charles Schwab
  • Heavily Marketed to 4,500 Charles Schwab campus employees and the City of Lone Tree
  • Heavily Marketed to over 5,000 Bags of Fun donors on our email distribution list and social media outlets
  • Premium signage opportunities
  • Logo placement on promotional items
  • Special recognition during the event
  • On-site marketing opportunities
  • Opportunity for pre-marketing recognition at any sponsorship level
  • Recognition on all event marketing materials, digital and print
  • Sponsor Levels 10k, 5k and 3k-we will work with you to create a package that makes sense for your business and marketing goals

17th Annual Bring out the Bags

Our signature fundraising event, Bring Out the Bags celebrates 17 years of bringing joy, laughter and relief to children in the fight of their lives. Bring your family and friends and celebrate the power of play along with local Bags of Fun recipients and their families. This unique event features carnival games and multiple inflatables that will result in a permanent grin on all of your guests’ faces. There is nothing more powerful than experiencing the playful laughter of our healthy children and knowing that this playful laughter is benefiting those children that are experiencing needle pokes and nasty chemotherapy. Last year we hosted over 1000 families that enjoyed the entertainment, dinner and open bar.

Essential details:

  • Fall date TBD
  • Fun filled family and corporate event held at Mile High Stadium
  • Past consistent Sponsors – Zimmerman & Associates/Northwestern Mutual, Citywide Bank, Health One/Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Grainger Foundation, Children’s Hospital Colorado and Alpine Bank
  • 2019 Estimated Attendance 1,000+ families (2020 was virtual)
  • Corporate sponsorship opportunity for pre-event recognition – Save the Date, Social Media and print invitations. Distribution list of 5,000+ and a Social Media following of over 2,500
  • Opportunity for promotional give-aways to include game prizes for both children and adults
  • Recognition on all event marketing materials, digital and print
  • Sponsor recognition on signage, guest tables, games, bar, on course live circuit TVs
  • Sponsor Levels 15k, 10k, 5k and 1.5k- we will work with you to create a package that makes sense for your business and marketing goals
Golf Group Photo with Mascot

Bags of Fun Golf Classic at Colorado Golf Club

The 2021 Bags of Fun Golf Classic will be held at the beautiful, award winning, Colorado Golf Club. We invite you to be part of a great day of dynamic networking filled with first-class golf for a first-rate cause. All proceeds go directly to the Bags of Fun program and will help bring joy, laughter and relief to children in the fight of their lives.

Essential details:

  • Monday, June 14, 2021
  • Lively Corporate Event includes 18 hole scramble golf tournament on the beautiful, award winning Colorado Golf Club Championship Course
  • Full treatment day of golf includes Caddies, breakfast, on-course cocktails, golfer gift and late afternoon reception/dinner
  • Consistent Corporate Sponsors – Transamerica Retirement Services, Aon, Brandon Dodge, Hays Companies, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Home Advisor/Angies List, Proxi, 24-7 In Touch, Assured Partners and Northwestern Mutual
  • Recognition on all event marketing materials, digital and print
  • Opportunity for signage and promotional items at any sponsorship level
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