At halftime of Wednesday's match against Portland at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the Colorado Rapids recognized first responders and firefighters from Colorado that showed great bravery and perseverance in their efforts around both the extensive summer wildfires and the Aurora theatre tragedy.
Through the generous donations of thousands of Rapids fans, and matching funds from Kroenke Sports Charities, the organization was able to raise $40,000 for the Colorado Professional Fire Fighters Foundation (CPFFF) and the Denver Center for Crime Victims.
Colorado Rapids President Tim Hinchey and Colorado's own Olympic Gold Medal winner Missy Franklin present CPFFF Board of Director Dennis Eulberg with the check for $20,000 on behalf of the fans and KSE Charities.
Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan joined Hinchey and Franklin to present a check for $20,000 to the Denver Center for Crime Victims, which was accepted by Director of Hotline Services Nikki Johnson, Children, Youth and Family Specialist Charlotte Williams, and Finance Director Barton Beckley.
The crowd gave a standing ovation as the following agencies were recognized and represented: Aurora Fire Department, Cunningham Fire Rescue, South Metro Fire Rescue, Medical Center of Aurora, Denver Healh Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, Rural Metro Ambulance, City of Aurora, Denver Fire Department, Denver Paramedics.
The Colorado Rapids would once again like to thank all fans that donated through the jersey auction, t-shirt sales, and other means to support the efforts of the service agencies of Colorado as well as those that suffered through the tragedies.