Come Throwdown At The Throwdown!

July 31, 2014 by  
Filed under Cottonwood Institute News

RegisterIt’s go time people! The Throwdown, our annual charity cornhole tournament to benefit Cottonwood Institute, is a little over a week away on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 from 11am – 5pm at City Park in Denver, CO.

Come hang out for the day in beautiful City Park, play a few games of cornhole, enjoy amazing food from Chipotle and Pizza Fusion, craft beer from Living The Dream Brewing Company, win some incredible prizes from OtterBox, play some fun side games, and network with some amazing people.

REGISTER TODAY! We only have room for a few more teams and registration will close promptly at 5:00pm MT on Friday, August 8th, 2014. For all of the gory details and to register, Click Here.

Cornhole Throwdown For $250, you can become a Throwdown VIP! We know, it’s kind of a big deal. In addition to some pretty amazing benefits, if you register as a VIP by Friday, August 1st, 2014, 1 lucky VIP team will win a round trip Uber ride up to $50 each way! And don’t forget about the serious bragging rights you will have with your friends and co-workers.


Check out the following sponsors that helped make this event possible and  support businesses that support local nonprofits like Cottonwood Institute:

$1,000 LEVEL:


Living The Dream Brewing Company



$500 LEVEL:


Climax Molybdenum

Kelly & Walker

MegaStar Financial

$250 LEVEL:

Bohica Boards

McLure Hill


Pizza Fusion

Samuel Engineering

Specialized Automation Services, LLC


If you can’t attend, we will only talk about you for a little while behind your back. But if you still want to help, please consider making a secure, tax-deductible donation by Clicking Here.

It Was A Good Day For A Throwdown

August 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Cottonwood Institute News

The 2nd Annual Cornhole Throwdown to benefit the Cottonwood Institute wrapped up last Saturday and we are happy to report that it was a success! 30 teams and over 70 spectators battled it out to show their support for the Cottonwood Institute. Despite a minor injury from Board Member Marley Steele-Inama, who developed a minor “cornhole strain” during the event, we were able to raise over $2,700 to help low-income students at West Denver Prep sleep under the stars for the first time in their lives this school year.

The competition was stiff, the sun was shining, and there was a slight breeze out of the Northeast, but in the end, Brian Wass and Aaron Rich from team Boiler Brewers emerged victorious. They earned the honor of displaying the prestigious 2011 Cornhole Throwdown trophy on their desks at work, in addition to sweet backpacks from REI and some serious bragging rights. Paul Keeney and Mike Atkins from team Park Hill Players took a close second and the coveted VIP Hanson tickets at the Fox Theater – Mmm Bop!

If you weren’t able to make it this year, you can still make a huge difference by making a tax-deductible donation by Clicking Here.

To relive the magic of the 2011 Throwdown, check out these stunning photos from the event by Clicking Here.

A special thanks goes our to our friends and sponsors for helping make this such a fun event, including: AOR, Chipotle, Denver Zoo, Fox TheaterREI, Scorzie, Two Knobby Tires, and Wynkoop Brewing Company.

S.U.P.E.R. Summit Was Stupendous

December 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Action Projects, Earth Task Force

Open Space Break OutThe Earth Task Force held their S.U.P.E.R. Summit (Students Understanding Personal Environmental Responsibility) on November 11th, 2010 at Casey Middle School. The Summit attracted over 70 participants and eight different school groups committed to creating environmental change within their high schools and larger community.

Throughout the day the students discussed sustainability goals that have already been successful for them, improvements they’d like to make at their schools, and strategies for creating change. These discussions were held in an open space format, led by the students themselves, which contributed to making the event a truly unique and unforgettable experience.

How to Be InspiringThrough open dialogue and other activities through the day students and their mentors made invaluable connections with other schools and members of the community, which will surely benefit each environmental club in their future endeavors.

Attendees at the S.U.P.E.R. Summit were also provided with community support. Thirteen different community partners volunteered their time and extended their resources to help students with future and current Action Projects.

In addition to the wonderful eight high schools and thirteen community partners in attendance, the Earth Task Force was also honored to have Boulder County Commissioner, Will Toor, BVSD’s Assistant Superintendent, Joe Sleeper, and President of the BVSD Board of Education, Ken Roberge attend the summit.

Other highlights included the ever-inspiring climate change presentation by Amy Atkins from the Alliance for Climate Education and a delicious lunch donated by Chipotle and Sunflower Market.

Overall this event was a great success! The creative ideas that developed during the summit were impressive. We look forward to seeing the outcome of all the passionate students who attended the event. After meeting so many passionate, inspired people of all ages, we expect nothing but brilliance from this group of leaders.

This summit goes to show that when you come together as a community there is not limit as to what can be achieved.

Alternative Ways To FundraiseFor a link to pictures from the event, Click Here (Thanks ACE!)

To download a copy of the Open Space Discussion Notes, Click Here.

Stay tuned for a video about the event coming soon…

The Summit was sponsored by the Cottonwood Institute’s Earth Task Force, The Alliance For Climate Education, New Vista High School, and BVSD Office of Sustainability.

This article was written by Marissa Bramlett and edited by Paige Doughty.