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Holiday Lighting Celebration

This annual community event held in early December at the Wheat Ridge Recreation Center kicks off the illumination of the City’s lighting display and includes entertainment, a visit from Santa, indoor activities and refreshments, and donor-sponsored horse drawn carriage rides.

Sponsorships are available. If you are interested in donating toward this program or in becoming a sponsor, please complete the Holiday Lighting Celebration Sponsorship, include your check made payable to the Wheat Ridge Foundation, and mail to Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, Attention: Susan Anderson, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO  80033. For questions, please call (303) 231-1313.

Arts & Culture Programs

As a community attentive to its cultural life, the City of Wheat Ridge recognizes the importance of art. Art enhances the quality of life in Wheat Ridge and benefits its citizens and the community at-large. The City established the groundwork for an expanded public art program in 2002. This program has enabled the City to implement the acquisition of artwork in interior and exterior locations accessible to the public for city beautification. The funds are administered by the Cultural Commission. The Foundation accepts donations to support this purpose.

Program Contact: Joyce Manwaring

Website Link: Public Art

Donate to Art & Culture General Fund

Performances in the Park

Performances in the Park is a free, open to the public entertainment series that takes place outdoors in an area park during the summer months. The series features evening family-oriented performances and morning programming for children.

Sponsorship donations are used to pay the performers and promotion costs. Generous citizen and business contributions have supported 25 concerts since inception.

To make a donation or become a sponsor, please complete the Performances in the Park Sponsorship Form include your check made payable to the Wheat Ridge Foundation, and mail to Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, Attention: Susan Anderson, 4005 Kipling St., Wheat Ridge, CO  80033. For questions, please call (303) 231-1313.

Program Contact: Julie Brisson / Susan Anderson

Website Link: Performances in the Park

Memorial Park Programs (Trees, Benches, & Memorial Gazebo)

The Memorial Park Program allows friends and family to honor a loved one by purchasing a tree or bench for placement in a Wheat Ridge park or by purchasing a memorial brick for placement on the walkway of the Veteran’s Memorial Gazebo located in Hayward Park; one section of the walkway is reserved for bricks honoring non-veterans and one section is for bricks listing the name of a veteran. Contributions may be designated in the person’s name.

Program Contact: Rick Murray

Website Links: Veterans Memorial Gazebo, Memorial Tree Donation Program


Active Adult Center

The Wheat Ridge Active Adult Center (formerly the Senior/Community Center) offers a wide variety of activities for the 50 and up crowd. Participants can choose from numerous exercise classes and a variety of general interest classes. The Active Adult Center also offers an excellent Trip Program and many wonderful Special Events throughout the year.

Donations are used to fund educational programs, furniture and equipment, and a scholarship program for adults 50 and over for Parks and Recreation classes, programs and activities. If you would like to donate to the Senior Fund, please send your check payable to Wheat Ridge Foundation, c/o Active Adult Center, 6363 W. 35th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO  80033. For questions, call the Active Adult Center at 303-235-7500.

Program Contact: Justin Lampe

Website Link: Active Adult Center

Wheat Ridge Foundation General Fund

The purpose of the General Fund is to provide support for Programs approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors and for operation of the Foundation. This support may be for a one time Project, one time funding for an ongoing Program or ongoing funding to or expand sustain a Program.

Financial resources for the general fund are not allocated to a specific program or use and come from donations, gifts and grants, fundraisers and investment growth and earnings.

Contact the Wheat Ridge Foundation at info@wheatridgefoundation.org

Program Website: www.wheatridgefoundation.org

Kyle Brake Sports Scholarship Fund & Endowment


The Kyle Brake Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund and Endowment was established as a memorial to Kyle Brake, a young boy who loved to play sports. The Endowment will provide a permanent source of funds for children’s sports scholarships to help ease the financial burden associated with participating in organized team/individual sports.  Scholarships can be requested to cover registration fees, uniforms and equipment costs. Participation in organized team sports provides physical, social, academic, and emotional benefits to children.

Kickin’ it 4 Kyle Bowl-a-thon

We are hosting our 8th Annual bowl-a-thon to raise money for the Kyle Brake Memorial Sports Scholarship Fund. The scholarship program was established to help offset the cost of organized sports for children (K-8th Grade) who are limited financially, but would like to participate in sports. Visit Kyle Brake Memorial Scholarship Site for more information or register here.

Scholarship Information

Scholarship Application

Donation Information

Program Contacts: Diane and Mike Brake KyleBrakeScholarshipFund@comcast.net 

Arvada/Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY)

The Arvada Wheat Ridge Service Ambassadors for Youth (AWRSAY) is unique in that it recognizes teens who otherwise have been missed. Yet, these teens have accomplished much more than most people. They have faced adversities and obstacles, ranging from major health issues, to drugs and crime within the family. They have not let these adversities stop them; they overcame these obstacles.

AWRSAY is a ten year old program and each year the number of kids recognized has increased.  The last three years AWRSAY honored 100 kids each year. Of these, 21 seniors are offered $900 scholarships to Red Rocks Community College and 4 seniors will be offered $1200 scholarships to Red Rocks Community College.  These scholarships can be renewed for a second semester as long as certain guidelines are followed. Throughout the year all honorees are provided leadership, recognition and educational opportunities.

Wheat Ridge Foundation Contact: Curt Gilmore info@wheatridgefoundation.org

Program Website: http://www.rrcc.edu/awrsay/index.html



Wheat Ridge Feed the Future Backpack Program

Wheat Ridge Feed the Future Back Pack Program

Various non-profit agencies and individuals have come together to provide an on-going  fund which supports the collection and dissemination of food items, each weekend, to students in eight Title I (free/reduced lunch eligible) elementary schools. The program is meant to provide children who are on the School Free and Reduced Lunch program some extra meals to see them through the week-end when they otherwise would go hungry. The program provides two breakfast and two lunch items, two snacks, fruit and vegetables.

Wheat Ridge Foundation Contact: Loretta DiTirro ftfcontact@wheatridgefoundation.org

Program Website: http://www.arvadacommunityfoodbank.org/Backpack.php


Endowment Funds

An Endowment Fund provides long-term benefits for your organization. The principle is invested permanently and is allowed to grow over time. The earnings from the fund are used on an ongoing basis to support the many needs that will arise in the years to come. Gifts to an Endowment Fund are truly gifts that will fund future programs and services of your organization.

If you are interested in starting an Endowment Fund or would just like more information please contact  info@wheatridgefoundation.org