Zane Bea­dles Pa­rade Foun­da­tion

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - By Joanne David­son

Just be­cause Zane Bea­dles isn’t a Den­ver Bronco any­more doesn’t mean he has for­got­ten about the Mile High City.

The Zane Bea­dles Pa­rade Foun­da­tion, a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that the of­fen­sive line­man for the San Fran­cisco 49ers founded in 2013, is head­quar­tered here, and he comes back for a visit when­ever his sched­ule al­lows.

Most re­cently, Bea­dles joined friends and fans at a re­cep­tion that kicked off sales of the 2017 Pa­rade Part­ners Card. Card­hold­ers re­ceive a 20 per­cent dis­count at over 100 shops, spas and res­tau­rants in the Den­ver metro area Nov. 3-12. Many of the par­tic­i­pat­ing re­tail­ers are those that don’t of­ten of­fer dis­counts or have sales and in­clude Arhaus, the St. John Bou­tique, GNAT Jewel­ers and the St. Croix Shop.

Cards re­main on sale un­til the end of the pro­mo­tion. They’re $50 un­til July 31; af­ter that, the price jumps to $60. Visit part­ner­scard.zanes­pa­, where there’s also a par­tial list of par­tic­i­pat­ing re­tail­ers.

The kick­off party, planned by the foun­da­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Julie Gart, was held at Venue 221, a Mid-cen­tury Mod­ern event space at 221 Detroit St. in Cherry Creek North. Owned by Cindy Wynne and her son, Thomas, the two-story fa­cil­ity was de­signed by ar­chi­tect Michael Knorr and opened last fall.

Bea­dles and his wife, Mered­ith, a speech ther­a­pist who he met while play­ing for the Jack­sonville Jaguars and mar­ried in March, were joined by Bron­cos rookie tackle Gar­rett Bolles and Ryan Har­ris, a for­mer of­fen­sive tackle for the Bron­cos whose 10-year ca­reer in the NFL ended when he re­tired from the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers at the end of the 2016 sea­son.

Bea­dles and Bolles are both grad­u­ates of the Univer­sity of Utah and Bea­dles is help­ing his friend pre­pare for the ups, downs, joys and sor­rows that are part and par­cel of life in the NFL.

Bolles’ wife, Natalie, and in­fant son, Kingston, also at­tended the party, as did such Zane Bea­dles Pa­rade Foun­da­tion board mem­bers as cer­ti­fied pub­lic ac­coun­tant Rob Knorr; Kee­gan Ger­hard, an award-win­ning pas­try chef and co-owner of D Bar Den­ver; and Chingyuan Hu, an event de­signer for Cater­ing by De­sign.

In­come gen­er­ated from the sale of the Pa­rade Part­ners Cards helps sup­port the foun­da­tion’s ef­forts to bring “joy and a sense of nor­malcy” to chil­dren in the midst of treat­ment for can­cer and other life-threat­en­ing con­di­tions, and their fam­i­lies.

“Fun, mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ences dur­ing treat­ment have proven to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the qual­ity of life and over­all re­cov­ery,” Bea­dles said, adding that since its start, the foun­da­tion, through its Great­est Gifts Pro­gram, has helped 5,000 fam­i­lies in Colorado, Florida and Cal­i­for­nia by pro­vid­ing such pleas­ant dis­trac­tions as tickets to a sport­ing event and surf­ing lessons.

Brent’s Place, the only Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Colorado-ap­proved safe-clean hous­ing fa­cil­ity for longterm on­col­ogy and bone mar­row trans­plant pa­tients, has long en­joyed sup­port from the Zane Bea­dles Pa­rade Foun­da­tion. In ad­di­tion to pre­par­ing and serv­ing meals, host­ing birth­day par­ties for the young res­i­dents and their sib­lings, founda- tion vol­un­teers are rais­ing money to build a sports court at Brent’s Place Too, a new fa­cil­ity that will be built ad­ja­cent to the sec­ond Brent’s Place that is lo­cated near the An­schutz Med­i­cal Cam­pus in Aurora.

The orig­i­nal Brent’s Place opened in 1998; the move to a sec­ond, larger lo­ca­tion hap­pened in 2009.

Bea­dles’ foun­da­tion also sup­ports a suite for longterm can­cer and bone mar­row trans­plant pa­tients and their fam­i­lies at a Den­ver Ron­ald Mcdon­ald House; pro­vides vol­un­teers for the Cud­dle Pro­gram in the new­born in­ten­sive care unit at Rocky Moun­tain Hos­pi­tal for Chil­dren; helps with the Gabby Krause Foun­da­tion’s Bags of Fun pro­gram and in De­cem­ber part­nered with Jazz Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals to send 20 teens in treat­ment at the Lu­cile Packard Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal at Stan­ford Univer­sity to see the 49ers play the New York Jets.

Joanne David­son: 303-809-1314, par­ti­writer @hot­mail .com and @joanne david­son on Twit­ter.

Pho­tos by Joanne David­son, Spe­cial to The Den­ver Post

Gar­rett Bolles, an of­fen­sive tackle for the Den­ver Bron­cos, with young fans, from left, Ella, Brady, Addy and Nick.

From left: Kate Doty, Sarah El­bouk­ili, Jor­dan Hawkins, Aaron South and Macken­zie Hol­las rep­re­sented the Kendra Scott jew­elry bou­tiques, one of 230 re­tail­ers hon­or­ing the 2017 Pa­rade Part­ners Card.

Board mem­ber Kee­gan Ger­hard with Mered­ith and Zane Bea­dles.

Julie Gart, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Zane Bea­dles Pa­rade Foun­da­tion, and Jeremy Bron­son, whose Oc­ca­sions Cater­ing fur­nished the food.

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