Denver Voice hosted a beautiful celebration for sponsors, supporters and vendors to meet, mingle and do some Holiday shopping. On Monday, December 10, Denver Voice hosted a silent auction and cocktail hour to raise funds and allow vendors a chance to talk about what the Voice newspaper means to them. Denver Voice is a Denver based newspaper produced and sold by Denver’s homeless population. The vendors ask for a two dollar donation for the paper. Vendors then receive $1.50 directly from the sale of each paper. The Denver Voice has been helping Denver’s homeless find purpose and community through respectable work for 15 years.
This year’s fundraiser, a Holiday Wine Tasting Event, was hosted at Marlowe’s in downtown Denver. They had a wine bottle give-away from WinePairings.biz and a silent auction. CorePower Yoga was just one of the businesses that donated items for the silent auction. During the event, board members Ray Mitchell and Dominick Paoloni spoke to those gathered as well as Dionne Gilbert. Dionne has been a vendor for over a year and is also a volunteer and activist for Denver Voice. She said that the Voice gave her a sense of community after an abusive relationship forced her out onto the street. Through the Voice she found a way to help pay for new housing, find friends and discover a new sense of purpose in being an activist for other Denver homeless.
It was a beautiful event to support a great cause. Next time you see a Denver Voice vendor, remember this is their livelihood and their way to regain a home both physically, and through a new community. Please reach out to those living on the streets of Denver by validating their voice and seeing the purpose behind the publication.