support and promote the sport and safety of
cycling,” said Jenny Anderson, a four-year
group member and Ride Director for Team
Evergreen Cycling’s 25th Triple Bypass Event,
which took place in 2013.
This event, held the weekend after July 4,
is on the “bucket list” for serious Colorado
cyclists who represent 81 percent of the riders
with the remaining 19 percent coming from
around the U.S. Over 4,300 riders took part
in the 2013 event as they wheeled over three
mountain passes and 120 miles in one day.
Drive Smart has helped with the event
riders’ vehicle parking for 10 years, while
Evergreen Kiwanis has been doing Triple
Bypass signs for about 24 years. The Evergreen Chorale, Evergreen Players, Mt. Evans
Hospice, Evergreen Audubon Society, Evergreen Chamber, Kiwanis groups and others
man aid stations or act as route marshals.
Such partnerships touch the community in
one form or another along the way.
“We make donations to various volunteer (nonprofits and charity) organizations
that assist us at our events,” said Anderson. “Since its inception ride in 1988, Team
Evergreen Cycling has donated over $1.1
million Triple Bypass proceeds to more
than 1,200 local nonprofits and charities to
help their specific causes through academic
and art scholarships and in other areas of
Team Evergreen Cycling
Mark Footer, Broker/Owner of Intero
Realty (Evergreen) sells real estate. More-
over, he believes that partnerships and
strong community relationships actually
help to “sell” Evergreen to people who are
thinking of moving here.
Engaged in real estate in Evergreen since
2001, Footer opened his Intero office in 2006
and immediately got involved with Evergreen
Chamber leads groups and committees.
He has served on the boards of the Evergreen Chamber (one and a half years),
Mountain Metro Association of Realtors
(about four years), Evergreen Music Festival,
and Evergreen Park and Recreation District.
Likewise, Footer partners with Rotary and
other organizations and has provided financial and/or in-kind support to fundraisers
like John Erlandson’s Boogie at the Barn,
Open Door Studio Tour, July 4th Music Festival and Drive Smart’s Skate the Lake. In
turn, proceeds from these types of events
support other organizations.
Mark Footer is passionate about Evergreen
and doesn’t feel Evergreen’s success can be
easily duplicated in most communities.
“There is no recipe for why Evergreen is so
unique,” said Footer. “Everybody who lives
here seems to get involved in some way, and
everyone’s interests are being served. It’s the
‘glue’ that makes it work.”
Evergreen Christian Outreach (EChO), in
its 27th year of providing goods and services
for needy families (in Evergreen, Idledale,
Kittridge, Morrison, etc.), helps them work
toward stability and self-sufficiency.
“Many families are referred to us by religious congregations,” said Liz Hawkins,
2013 EChO Board President, and an EChO
volunteer for over five years. “Our success
is due to the generosity of our partners, the
Evergreen Chamber, Habitat for Humanity, Rotary, Kiwanis and others; our donors,
and local residents who help us meet the
needs of our mountain community through
our food bank and clothing and miscellaneous donations to our EChO Resale Shop.”
Hawkins explained that monetary proceeds
from the EChO Resale Shop on Evergreen
Parkway (Evergreen North Center) help
fund EChO projects (e.g., the EChO Jobs
Program), which assists people through
resume workshops and other related
While all partnerships have had a huge
impact on the community as a whole and
have helped EChO expand its presence and
services to help local families, King Soopers,
Safeway and Walmart are its biggest supporters of weekly food bank donations.
“The generosity of the community is truly
amazing,” stated Hawkins. “It’s a beautiful
circle of support.”
Evergreen Christian Outreach
The people of Evergreen, Colorado live
by the 5-P Principle: perpetuating prosperity through people, partnerships and pride.
By shopping locally and partnering with one
another, community dollars stay in Evergreen thereby supporting the success of local
retailers and businesses, fueling the local
real estate market, inviting tourism, and
sustaining the cycle of life in this extraordinary community.
Jo Ann M. Colton, newspaper/periodical/business
writer for-hire. The 5-book author of nonfiction
and fiction books (The Entrepreneur’s Guide to
Business Basics 101; So, You Want To Be A Writer;
How to Develop Story Line Ideas; Marketing
Matters; Pieces of the Puzzle) can be reached at
John Erlandson (left) and Mark Footer