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Our annual backpack stuffing event honors beloved team member lost

For over a decade now, our Denver team has been proudly hosting an annual Pack to School donation drive benefiting underprivileged students in the Denver area as they prepare for the upcoming school year.

This year’s event was a tremendous success, with our team rallying together to raise approximately $30,000 and pack more than 1,000 backpacks with essential school supplies. The event also paid special tribute to our beloved team member lost, Samantha Lopez, who was instrumental in nurturing this program since its inception.

With Sam and our team’s unwavering dedication to this program over the past 11 years, we have accomplished significant milestones, including:

Raising an impressive $185,000
Packing nearly 6,400 backpacks
Supplying 163,000 pencils, 12,000 erasers, 18,000 glue sticks, and more!
The event took place at the Owen Branch of the Denver Boys & Girls Club, where our team members, along with our families, friends, and industry partners, gathered to pack the backpacks. It was an evening filled with camaraderie and joy as we came together for this meaningful community effort. We were also joined by Samantha’s family, who kicked off our event by filling the first backpack in her honor.

We are immensely grateful for the support of our sponsors, whose contributions played a pivotal role in the success of this year’s event including:

High School Level Sponsors:

  • Mark IV Capital – This is a development company that our teams have worked with in Denver, Phoenix, and Irvine. Mark IV Capital been dedicated supporter of the event for several years.
  • GS Exterior Experts – GS specializes Siding, Roofing & Window installations in the Denver Metro Area and have been a cherished partner since the program’s inception.
  • Enviro Finance Group (EFG) – Our team has partnered with EFG since 2006 on numerous successful projects.

Middle School Level Sponsors:

  • Whiting-Turner
  • Thompson Engineering
  • Peak Engineering Inc.
  • Norris Design
  • Fox Tuttle
  • AE Design

Elementary Level Sponsors:

  • Wright Water Engineers, Inc.
  • Workplace Resource
  • The Opus Group
  • Shopworks
  • Catamount

At Ware Malcomb, giving back to our communities is an integral part of our culture, and Pack to School is just one of the many charitable events that our team members actively participate in each year. Our WM Community program celebrates this spirit of giving and encourages team members to engage with local communities and charitable organizations, alongside their involvement in the design and real estate industries. Through these collective efforts, we aspire to create positive change and empower the communities we serve.

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Tom Jansen

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