Events that happen throughout the year in our community are only possible because area businesses are willing to be “Title Sponsors” and underwrite the cost to hold the event. With prices rising for food at the events, entertainment, the cost to rent the facility, and costs for photographers or running an ad for the event, having a title sponsor only continues to grow in importance. At the Chamber, we are lucky to have some amazing business partners who value their place in our community and who are willing to foot the bill to help ensure these events can happen. One such sponsor we work with is Caldwell Insurance Agency – American Family Insurance. Owner Bryan Caldwell often partners with the Evergreen Chamber, as well as other area nonprofits, to help cover the costs of events. I’ve asked him to write a bit about why he does this. Here are Bryan Caldwell’s words:

When the ideas and dreams of an individual and the benevolence of a company come together, great things can happen. I opened my agency a little over four years ago, the Caldwell Insurance Agency, Inc., with American Family Insurance, because our philosophies, values and visions aligned in every way. I knew this could only mean great things. American Family’s giving back philosophy was one of the many reasons American Family Insurance was my first choice, and I hung the flag above my office. As I developed my own mission and vision, I made one of my four pillars of importance community. Six months after opening my office, I joined the Evergreen Chamber. It was clear to me that our business values also aligned with the Chamber’s mission to help grow the local business community. We quickly got involved with events like Skate the Lake, Sparkle & Shine Evergreen Business Awards, the Storybook Holiday in Evergreen ice sculpture event, Santa Breakfast, and many more great events. These events not only benefit the community as activities, but they also fund scholarships, charitable giving, and help bring visitors and tourists to the area to explore everything our great town has to offer.

Businesses are a part of the communities they reside in. As a business owner, I feel it is important to engage in philanthropic pursuits that can reap new and long-term benefits for our great community of Evergreen. A perfect example of this is the inaugural event, “Chill Out Festival,” which happened earlier this month and is pictured on the cover and story on page 20. It highlighted a number of great assets like our local restaurants and our beautiful lake and lake house, and will grow beyond that in the years to come. It’s a simple “growing to give, giving to grow” philosophy for us. As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” I have gained so much personally and professionally from our involvement. This is just one of many ways we can say THANK YOU to our great community and customers for welcoming us into Evergreen four years ago, and hopefully for many more years to come!

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, March 1, 7:30-9 am

Monthly Breakfast

Location: Troutdale Tavern. TOPIC: “Cooking for Heart Health” $20 Members, $25 Not-Yet Members for Those Registered in Advance. At the Door: $30 Members, $35 Not-Yet Members

Thursday, March 9, 5-7 pm

“Business Unplugged” 

After Hours Business Mixer

Location: Restoration 1 of West Denver. 

Join us for some fun and lots of networking.

$5 Members/$10 Not-Yet Members.

Register in Advance

Friday, March 17, 1-5 pm

“March Madness” Business Mixer

Location: The Wild Game. Games, food and networking. $35 Members/$45 Not-Yet Members. Register in Advance