United Way of Larimer to host virtual fundraiser

FORT COLLINS — The COVID-19 pandemic may have restricted the ability of nonprofits to hold in-person fundraising events, but the United Way of Larimer County has come up with an online alternative designed to raise money and awareness, while also recognizing organizations and individuals for collaboration and philanthropy.

The United Way will host the Invisible Superhero Social on Thursday, June 18, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Live music performed by local musicians Cary Morin and Liz Barnez will begin at 4:30 p.m. The free, virtual fundraiser will recognize the superheroes battling the challenges facing Larimer County as a result of the COVID-19 global health crisis, and raise awareness of United Way’s response to the pandemic. All proceeds will benefit United Way’s Community Emergency & Response Fund, which supports both immediate and longer-term needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. 

“For more than 60 years, United Way has led the charge in addressing the greatest needs facing Larimer County,” Annie Davies, president and CEO of United Way, said in a written statement. “From wildfires and floods to child care and affordable housing, we are on the front lines, uniting our neighbors to make our community a better place. The Invisible Superhero Social is a way for us to bring together individuals and businesses to make a difference for some of our most vulnerable residents.” 

In addition to the musical performances by Morin and Barnez, the Invisible Superhero Social’s live program will feature several speakers, including Davies, United Way of Larimer County board chairperson Tracy Oldemeyer, and Neighbor to Neighbor executive director Kelly Evans. United Way will also present this year’s Community Collaboration Award to Woodward Inc., and the Excellence in Philanthropy Award to brothers Paul and Kevin Brinkman in recognition of their commitment to achieving positive community impact in Larimer County. Colorado State University’s head volleyball coach, Tom Hilbert, will serve as master of ceremonies. 

CopperMuse Distillery created a signature cocktail for the Invisible Superhero Social. Cocktails to-go and cocktail kits will be available for curbside pick-up on the day of the virtual event, with proceeds benefiting United Way. 

Free registration and more information is available at: www.bit.ly/invisiblesuperherosocial