The Rebels Project (TRP) held their 2nd Annual Survivor Gathering July 28-July 29 in Colorado. Survivors from over ten different mass tragedy communities from across the United States gathered to connect, share, encourage, and inspire each other.
Through fundraising efforts, TRP was able to fly in five survivors from outside of Colorado. Visiting Rebels stayed at the Holiday Inn-SW Littleton who generously donated rooms for the weekend. The first event was a Happy Hour on Friday evening at Sportsbook Bar & Grill where survivors had the opportunity to socialize and ‘let their hair down’ in an environment where everyone understood what they have experienced. This is a rare, unique experience for survivors of mass tragedy. Sarah Maldonado, a survivor of the 2012 Azana Salon mass shooting in Wisconsin, expressed “I love the support of other people who have been through similar situations. It’s comforting and makes me feel a great sense of ‘normal’”.
Saturday, July 29, began with a visit to the Columbine Memorial and a mindful yoga class led by Laurie Ann Works, survivor of the 2007 YWAM/New Life Church mass shooting, in Robert F. Clement Park. Laurie Ann lost her two sisters in the Colorado Springs shooting and has used yoga for her healing journey. She has since become a yoga instructor who focuses on resilience and is dedicated to assisting others on their healing journeys.
Later that afternoon Survivors gathered for a luncheon at Meridian Golf Club. Coni Sanders, who lost her father in the 1999 Columbine shooting, delivered an inspirational message focused on grieving in your own way. Her message reminded survivors that everyone grieves differently and to be mindful not to judge our own or anyone else’s grieving process.
The Survivor Gathering wrapped up on Saturday evening with a ‘Pizza-Q’ in Littleton, CO. Survivors attended with their families to enjoy pizza, play games, and continue socializing. It was the perfect ending to an eventful weekend.
Please join us for a night of remembrance and friendship as we raise funds to support survivors of mass tragedy.
Resolute Brewing Company
7285 Yosemite St, Ste 110
Saturday April 22 from 5-9pm
Silent Auction from 6-8pm
***Silent Auction Mobile App Instructions:
We are excited to tell you that our auction has gone mobile this year! Rebels with a Cause will be using HANDBID, a mobile silent auction platform which allows you to bid from your smartphone. If you can’t physically attend the event, you can participate remotely!
Save time at checkin by getting setup and Bidding BEFORE YOU ARRIVE! If you have the app downloaded prior to the event, we will give you a FREE raffle ticket!
STEP 1: DOWNLOAD THE HANDBID APP
If you have an iPhone or Android, you can download the Handbid app from the Apple iTunes App Store or the Google Play store.
Please note we strongly recommend you “Accept notifications from this app” when you open it and join an auction. This will allow you to get push notifications for “Outbid” messages during the auction.
STEP 2: TAP GET STARTED & CREATE ACCT
Next you can create an account. From the App home screen, tap on “GET STARTED” button and complete the information (please use your cell phone as the phone number). Tap NEXT
Handbid will text you a 5 digit code. Enter this code to login.
STEP 3: SELECT AUCTION FROM LIST & START BIDDING
Select Rebels with a Cause from the list of auction and swipe left to enter the auction. Once in the auction, swipe left/right to access categories and up/down to access items.