Apex PRD Staff, Customers Active in Community Support During Holiday Season

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Annual Dodgeball Tournament benefits the Ralston House

From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas, Apex Park and Recreation District staff and customers share the holiday spirit of giving in a number of ways. Throughout the year, many facilities host various collection drives for anything from school supplies to toys to blankets to food.

Beyond that, three events roll around each year with the holiday season.

At the Racquetball and Fitness Center, 12120 W. 64th Avenue. customers get extra-motivated on Thanksgiving morning to work out before the big feast. They combine their energy with their generosity from 8 am to 1 pm, coming in to workout and donate to the Arvada Community Food Bank as well. On that day, the RFC offers free admission with 4 cans of food, and on Thanksgiving Day this year, they collected over 100 pounds of food. This tradition dates back to the early 1990s and draws a good crowd each year.

Just a few days earlier, on November 21, Apex PRD kicked off its annual collection drive for the Santa House to benefit local families in need. For the past several years, APRD facilities have acted as collecting points for new unwrapped toys, knit gloves, scarves and socks to be delivered to the Santa House, 9518 W. 58th Ave.

This effort is organized by the Arvada-Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth, an affiliation of all the Arvada and Wheat Ridge service clubs and Red Rocks Community College. At the Santa House, families of children attending selected Arvada elementary schools can go there to pick out gifts for their children. They would otherwise not be able to afford these gifts.

Last year the Santa House made the holidays happier for more than 3,000 local children. The collection drive continued through Wednesday, December 21, and results will be announced in January.

In 2011, a new facility, the Apex Field House, hosted another multi-year holiday fundraiser, the annual dodgeball tournament to benefit the Ralston House.

Saturday, December 17 was the day for this popular event. In 2011, participation increased more than 50% — up to 17 teams from last year’s total of 11 teams. Participants donated more than $1900 in toys, gift cards and cash, above and beyond the proceeds from the tournament fees, all of which were donated to Ralston House.

Ralston House is an Arvada non-profit agency dedicated to helping children and teens heal from the trauma of sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse. The center helps young people and their families start the healing process. It is a safe and friendly place where children can tell their stories and receive medical care, victim advocacy services and emotional support.

Many thanks to all the customers who took part in these three holiday events that benefited many community members. Watch the APRD website, and the Apex PRD Foundation website, for more information on upcoming community events in 2012 – including the Foundation’s Sweetheart Silent auction on Saturday, February 10.