Our Mission

Flyers For Kids- 2016 Group Shot

Flyers for Kids is a nonprofit organization sourcing and fulfilling stop gaps of underprivileged youth programming through experience and backfill funding.

In 2017, Flyers for Kids raised approximately $20,000 towards Schoolfari and Valverde Elementary, and took over 80 children, 120 volunteers and 15 staff members to the Denver Zoo Lights for Schoolfari. For 2018, our goal is to raise over $25,000, and take over 120 children to the zoo through Schoolfari.

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Financial Contributions
Flyers for Kids would not have been successful without the heartfelt financial contributions from all our donors last year. If you wish to contribute to our cause, you will aid in covering the costs associated with our annual Winter SchoolFari event taking place in December of 2018. A few examples of these costs include transportation, tickets to the Denver Zoo, holiday gifts, and much, much more. Additionally, we will take it a step further and contribute all excess proceeds to the school for warm clothing, medical and school supplies, and healthy food alternatives. We appreciate your consideration to assist our cause financially.

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Volunteer Opportunities
With over 130 volunteers coming out to support our Winter SchoolFari event last year, we were able to give the students of Valverde Elementary the experience of lifetime. Not only were the students able to enjoy all the festivities and attractions of the Denver Zoo Lights, they also had the comfort, support and companionship of our volunteers. Many of the volunteers noted how “thankful” and “excited” the students were to have a friend to walk them through the exhibits, which in turn gave our volunteers the reward and satisfaction for donating their time and efforts.

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A HUGE thank you to our 2017 sponsors!

“Oh My!” Sponsorship Level: $5,000 donation

Coldwell Banker

“Lion” Sponsorship Level: $2,500 donation

Ramblin Express

“Tiger” Sponsorship Level: $1,000 donation

Denver Zoo
Jackson Kelly PLLC
Dining Out

“Polar Bear” Sponsorship Level: $500 donation

Bank Of The West
Guaranty Bank
Colorado Restaurant Association
Magnet Hire
Biju's Little Curry Shop
Little Caesars Pizza
Jagged Mountain Brewery
Epic Brewing
Nick Adorni | Design + Photography
Colorado Wood Designs
Forge Creative Fulfillment
Reading With Bridget

2017 SchoolFari Recap

Adopted the 3rd and 5th grade classes at Valverde

  • 97% of Valverde families qualify for free or reduced lunch
  • 45% English Learners
  • 7 languages spoken
  • 40 students

120+ adults volunteered!

  • Volunteers included those from AmeriCorps and Red Robin Foundation
  • Additional volunteers from college alumni and Denver business networks (training provided)

We raised over $20,000 in donations

  • Proceeds purchased medical, food, school supplies and warm clothing for Valverde Elementary
  • Donations and in-kind donations helped fund Schoolfari for 2017

Who We Are

Dan DeBacco

Dan DeBacco

Board Member

Dan DeBacco was born and raised in northeast Ohio, professionally and tactfully developed in the San Francisco Bay Area, and now considers himself a true Coloradan with his wife, Katrina and two dogs, Dozer and Peanut. As Co-founder of FFK, Dan wanted to bring the transplant community together to assist the underprivileged youth of Denver by way of experiential learning for the children, while also providing resources for the schools to better create a more conducive learning environment for their students.

Francis McLaughlin

Francis McLaughlin

Board Member

Francis McLaughlin is currently a Regional Sales Manager for a Healthcare company in Denver. Francis was born and raised in Dayton, OH, is married to his gorgeous wife Katie McLaughlin and just had their first child, Francis McLaughlin. He and his wife enjoy helping others through not only their healthcare employers, but by giving back time and resources to others. Francis and Dan had a vision to take what has been instilled in them from their Catholic education at the University of Dayton and share the spirit with Denver, CO.

Megan Wayne

Megan Wayne

Board Member

Megan has worked for several nonprofit organizations in Indianapolis and Denver. She taught worksite wellness programs and started the Mayors Bike Ride in Indianapolis, which is now an annual event with the over 1,000 cyclists. As the Executive Director for Open Streets Indy, Megan created a one day event to promote health and wellness in Indianapolis. In Denver she has worked selling sponsorships for professional conferences and managing marketing campaigns.

Kyle Cantrell

Kyle Cantrell

Board Member

Born and raised on the southwest side of Cleveland, Kyle attended the University of Dayton, where he met several of the other FFK board members and his better half, Lindsey. They moved out to Denver in July of 2016, and have since been trying to explore all of what Colorado has to offer. As Secretary of FFK, Kyle leverages his skills and experience in software project delivery to help organize the team’s legal needs, operations, and communication.

Mary Gates Puhr

Mary Gates Puhr

Board Member

Mary grew up in Detroit and landed in Denver 11 years ago. Currently Mary is President of Magnet Hire, a commercial banking recruiting firm. Prior volunteer experience includes Regis Jesuit Parent Advisory Board, CWEE Employer Advisor Board, Lunch Box Express, Tennyson Center, and Adopt a Family. Last years Flyers for Kids left such an impression on Mary that she joined the board to share her leadership and organizational skills. Outside of work and volunteering, Mary enjoys hiking, pottery, photography and spending time with her 3 adult children.

Scott Mayer

Scott Mayer

Board Member

Scott is a University of Dayton grad, with a passion for helping individuals make the right decision. After working with seniors to help them select their health coverage, he moved onto assisting small law firms to improve their capabilities and assets. Scott’s experience in the legal field aided the FFK board in forming a legal nonprofit without hiccups, and he looks forward to helping the FFK achieve its goals of bringing Denver youth to the Denver Zoo Lights in December.