One of the main attractions of Sand in the City is the sand sculptures! Our sand sculptures are created in just one day by teams made up of local businesses and non-profits! The teams work with an architect to conceptualize and design their sculptures, attend training and practice sessions and then compete on Friday in the sand sculpting competition. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams, as well as Rookie of the Year and People’s Choice- where festival attendees can vote for their favorite sculpture! Scroll down to learn more about this year’s teams!
ARVADA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
The Arvada Young Professionals provides the opportunity for individuals to expand their networks and build lasting connections within Arvada’s professional and social arenas. Click here to learn more!
BENEFICIARY: Two Ponds National Wildlife Refuge
wo Ponds National Wildlife Refuge serves as an oasis for wildlife and people throughout the Denver Metro area. It covers over 72 acres – 63 acres of uplands, 9 acres of wetlands, and small ponds – which contain various species of native flora and fauna. The setting was once characterized by plant communities of the High Plains – short-grass and mixed-grass prairie – however, livestock grazing and plowing of prairie sod for crops by European settlers altered the native plant and animal environment. More recently, housing developments and urbanization have decreased the land available for native wildlife. As a result, a local citizen’s group worked to save this site from development. Their efforts helped contribute toward the establishment of Two Ponds NWR in 1992. Each year, thousands of visitors enjoy wildlife-dependent recreation on the Refuge while developing a greater appreciation and awareness for conservation; and more plants and animals have a natural home.
BENGTSON WEALTH MANAGEMENT
rett’s financial advising experience dates back to high school when a mentor encouraged him to pursue a degree in either economics or finance. He started interning for the company during his second year of college and went to work full time after graduation. Two years into the job, he realized this was the industry he wanted to work in, but not that particular segment, so he left to work for Jackson National in Denver. Throughout the years, Bengtson has managed and coached advisors and sold investment products. Click here to learn more!
BENEFICIARY: Arvada West High School Foundation
The mission of the Arvada West High School Foundation is to provide scholarships and alumni, faculty, and student support.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, DENVER AREA COUNCIL
It was there when man first walked on the moon. And when a president struck a blow to an iron curtain with a single speech. It was there when Scouts across the country rallied to provide relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. For the past 100 years, it has been in the heart of every Scout who ever overcame one of life’s challenge
s. It is the value of being prepared. The core of Scouting and a statement that inspires a lifetime of character and service. As we look to a new century of Scouting achievements, we light a new fire in the next generation of Scouts. We shall instill in them the honor and integrity that comes with being a Scout. We will build their character and ensure they are prepared for something more. We will prepare them for life. Click here to learn more!
BENEFICIARY: Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council
Founded in 1910 on the principles of making a difference through civic service, Scouting provides quality youth programs that build good character while building better communities. Through hands-on activities, Scouting teaches 12 core values.
Values exemplified by 12 simple words TRUSTWORTHY, LOYAL, HELPFUL, FRIENDLY, COURTEOUS, KIND, OBEDIENT, CHEERFUL, THRIFTY, BRAVE, CLEAN and REVERENT are the foundation of the Scouting program and are valuable words to live by.
Scouting builds character and community through a variety of activities including camping, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, community service projects, and more. These hands-on activities instill a sense of confidence,
preparedness and honor in our kids. Contrary to popular belief, Scouting isn’t just for boys and young men. Scouting also offers venturing and exploring programs specifically geared to young women and men, ages 14-20.
Separated into five diverse programs, Scouting offers a unique experience for today’s youth:
- Cub Scouting (7-10 year old boys)
- Boy Scouting (11-17 year old boys)
- Varsity Scouting (14-17 year old boys)
- Venturing (14-20 year old boys and girls)
- Learning for Life/Exploring (14-20 year old boys and girls)
Serving the Denver metro area, the Denver Boy Scouts offers programs in the following counties: Arapahoe, Adams, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson, Clear Creek, Park and Gilpin.
JEFFERSON CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH
To inspire hope, improve lives and strengthen our community by providing mental health and related solutions for individuals and families. Jefferson Center for Mental Health (Jefferson Center) is the private 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit community mental health center serving Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties for nearly 60 years. Jefferson Center has a variety of programs for people of all ages, from all walks of life and available to all members of our community. Click here to learn more!
BENEFICIARY: Jefferson Center for Mental Health
Jefferson Center for Mental Health is the not-for- profit community mental health center serving Jefferson, Clear Creek, and Gilpin counties since 1958. Our mission is to promote mental health and provide quality mental health services for persons with emotional problems and/or serious mental illness. We are partners with our community, working together to create a place that fosters mental health and supports those with mental health challenges.
LUTHERAN MEDICAL CENTER
At Lutheran Medical Center, we’re happy to tell you about us: our compassionate caregivers, our clinical excellence, our award-winning care and even our beautiful campus. But it’s really all about you. Our patients and families are the center of every thought, communication and action that takes place in this healing space. Click here to learn more!
BENEFICIARY: Lutheran Medical Center
Lutheran Medical Center is a community-based, 338-bed acute-care hospital located in Wheat Ridge, CO. Local and national ratings organizations regularly recognize Lutheran for clinical excellence, patient safety and patient experience.
Lutheran’s premier services include a five-star birthing center, Heart and Neurovascular Center, robotic surgery, Primary Stroke Center,Comprehensive Cancer Center, Orthopedics, a Level III Trauma Center and emergency services including the first Senior Emergency Room in Colorado. Senior-focused services also include Senior Behavioral Health and a Senior Surgery Center. Lutheran operations include West Pines, Lutheran Hospice and Bridges Health and Wellness. To learn more, visit www.lutheranmedicalcenter.org.
Lutheran is owned by SCL Health, a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve, especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, our $2.6 billion health network provides comprehensive, coordinated care through 10 hospitals, more than 100 physician clinics, and home health, hospice, mental health and safety-net services primarily in Colorado and Montana. We relentlessly focus on delivering safe, high-quality, effective care to every patient, every time, everywhere. In 2016, SCL Health invested $257 million in community benefit—10 cents of every dollar we earn—to support health improvement in our communities. To learn more about SCL Health, visit www.sclhealth.org.
RED ROCKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Since 1969, Red Rocks Community College has assisted students in meeting ambitious career and educational goals in an exciting, collaborative environment with multiple pathways to success. We deliver career-enhancing courses, certificate programs and degrees that represent a solid investment in each student’s goals and career success. Red Rocks Community College embraces the leadership role of providing education that is firmly rooted in real-world applicability. Click here to learn more!
BENEFICIARY: Red Rocks Community College Foundation
The RRCC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1991 with the vision of removing the financial barrier and helping students of all income levels to have access to higher education. Now, more than 24 years later, generous supporters have provided more than $15 million in donations allowing the Foundation to award more than 5.2 million dollars in scholarships and over 4.6 million dollars for other Red Rocks Community College programs, and assisted nearly 3,000 students in meeting their educational and life goals.
In addition to its extensive and award-winning Foundation Scholarship Program, the RRCC Foundation is engaged in several other program areas, including the Faculty Teaching Chairs, the Mini-Grants and Dr. Agneta Albinsson Grants, Employee Book Fund, and supporting other college initiatives. The Foundation continues to meet its goals with help from generous supporters who believe in the transformative power of education(link is external)
RE/MAX ALLIANCE – OLDE TOWN ARVADA
Located in the heart of Olde Town Arvada, our RE/MAX Alliance Olde Town office is just as hip and vibrant as the rest of Main Street. You’ll find our 27 plus Realtors involved in Olde Town parades, sand castle building and all that Historic Olde Town has to offer. All are committed to providing the very best service to their clients who are looking to buy or sell on the West side of Denver. With the latest commuter rail stop (G Line) in the heart of Olde Town, the area is booming with great restaurants and shops. Since our Realtors are experts on the entire West area market, this makes our Olde Town office the perfect place to stop in and visit about YOUR real estate needs. Click here to learn more!
BENEFICIARY: Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation
Throughout the year, Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation provides direct assistance to more than 5,500 pediatric patients and their families in need. Thousands of babies in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) will receive precious donor human milk, children with serious medical conditions will be matched with loving companion dogs, nurses and medical support staff will participate in training and service missions and thousands of dollars will be awarded to organizations who share our mission. To learn more click here!