Glenwood Caverns tops off food drive with cash donation |

Glenwood Caverns tops off food drive with cash donation

Mandy Gauldin
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Contributed photoThe Can-for-a-Tram campaign, part of the Glenwood Caverns Music on the Mountain concert series this summer, collected 7,600 cans of food for the LIFT-UP food pantry. Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, host of the concert series, topped off the donation with another $1,200 in cash to purchase the remaining 2,400 cans of food. Celebrating the achievement are, from left, Wade Beattie, base operations manager; Bob Stepniewski, restaurant and retail manager; Steve Beckley, owner; Mike Powell, LIFT-UP executive director; and Shiela Kendall, special projects manager.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – In early 2011, the management team at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park decided to ramp up its support of LIFT-UP by setting a goal to collect 10,000 cans of food through its Music on the Mountain concert series.

It was a lofty goal, but with the series expanded to include nine concerts, the team decided to aim high. Everyone who attended the concerts got a free tram ride if they donated one or more cans of food.

After the last concert on Sept. 24, the total number of cans donated was slightly more than 7,600. That was an impressive number, averaging nearly 850 cans per concert, but it wasn’t 10,000.

This week, Glenwood Caverns owner Steve Beckley and members of the management team presented LIFT-UP executive director Mike Powell with a check for $1,200 to purchase the remaining 2,400 cans.

“Our community was incredibly supportive of our Music on the Mountain concerts this summer. Seventy-six hundred cans is a lot of food, and it’s helping a large number of families in our valley,” said Beckley. “But, we were aiming for 10,000, so we decided to make that happen.”

To bring in more food donations during the series, the Adventure Park teamed up with a local businesses, including Bighorn Toyota, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, KSPN radio, Glenwood TV, the Hotel Glenwood Springs, U.S. Bank, Swire Coca-Cola and Mountain Beverage, to promote this year’s series to a broader audience.

“We want to thank all of our sponsors for supporting Music on the Mountain this year. They were a big part of our success, and brought a lot of energy and excitement to the concerts with their prizes and giveaways,” Beckley added.

“The LIFT-UP food pantry is heading into its busiest season of the year. We hope that our donation, along with continued support from the community, will enable them to serve the growing number of people in this valley who need a helping hand during the holidays.”

The Music on the Mountain Concert Series will return to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park in 2012.

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