This past month, the city of Loveland and many other communities in Northern Colorado were hit by catastrophic flooding. Many homes and businesses were damaged and countless members of our city were affected directly and indirectly. My heart was broken for those around me.
On a personal note, I try to be a person of action not just ideas so when the flood hit I wanted to do something to help. We first opened our doors to any businesses or individuals that temporarily needed a place to work. The goal of the Armory is to be a benefit to the community in any way we can. As Henry Ford once said, "A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business."
A couple days later I was sitting in my brother-in-law's office and asked if he wanted to do a fund raiser with me in some form. Within a couple hours, a couple conversations had been had and the idea of the Cajun Jamboree was born. Along with Stoneforest Real Estate Services and Mo' Betta Gumbo, we hosted a cajun cocktail party a week later on September 25th featuring the Denver band Bluekrewe. Through ticket sales and donations we were able to raise $6713 to aid those affected by the flooding.
I am humbled and amazed by the generosity of the community to help each other in a time of need. I am grateful to have this opportunity be able to provide a little help as the needs are so great. Thank you to all the came to the concert or made donations. Thank you to John and Chef Clay for working with me to pull off the event. Thank you to Wallis Osborn for donating your time to design the poster. Thank you to the staff at Mo' Betta for a great night.
This September three Loveland business owners came together to help raise money for small businesses affected by flooding.
Clay Caldwell, owner of Mo’ Betta Gumbo, a Cajun restaurant located at 141 East Fourth Street, Jason Rohlf, founder of The Armory, a coworking space in the train depot on Railroad Avenue and John Sokoll of Stoneforest Real Estate Services decided to host a concert to raise money for businesses that were affected by flooding.
Bluekrewe, a Denver-based band that plays a mix of swampy Louisiana roots music, played the event that was held at Mo’ Betta Gumbo on the evening of September 25, 2013.
Dubbed the “Cajun Jamboree for Flood Relief,” the evening was a success, and party goers, who paid $75 per ticket to attend, raised $6,713 for the Loveland Development Fund, a 501 3© nonprofit that has been helping businesses in Loveland for over thirty years.
"John Sokoll, Jason Rohlf and Chef Clay Caldwell and his team did an outstanding job putting together the event to help raise funds for the businesses recovery efforts from the flood. Their impeccable attention to detail and service is second to none and we are proud to not only have them in our community but as a Chamber investor as well,” said Mindy McCloughan, president and CEO of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce.
"It takes strong business leaders who have a great deal of passion for business and the community to pull off an event of this magnitude in less than a week and we are blessed to have them in downtown Loveland," she added.
Press release written by Heidi Kerr-Schlaefer, freelance writer, small business owner and founder of HeidiTown.com. She has been coworking since 2010.