Pizzas for Pukstas!
What is happening at Puksta?
As I’m sure you can imagine, the impact of COVID-19 on our Puksta Scholars has been nothing short of devastating. Several of our Puksta Scholars have faced the sadness of losing family members to this virus, many are dealing with the loss of their jobs and income, most have lost their housing and access to food at the Universities that have closed campuses, and almost all have struggled to maintain the support systems that they had in place prior to the pandemic. In the 20+ years that the Puksta Foundation has been operating and providing scholarship funding in the state of Colorado, we have never been faced with a challenge like we see today to provide our scholars with the programming and support that has proven to be so important to our students who are coming from lower-income and marginalized communities. We need your help!
What can we do now?
Each spring, on all four of our university partner campuses, we host an event called the Puksta Passage. The Puksta Passage celebrates the graduation of our amazing seniors and welcomes in the new freshman class of Puksta Scholars coming to us from around the state. It is an event that has become a vital component of our programming and has been something that all of our Puksta Scholars look forward to each year. In light of COVID-19, like so many things in our life, we have taken the Puksta Passage virtual this year with Zoom events planned for each of our Puksta Scholar programs. On these virtual events, we will continue our tradition and celebrate the graduating scholars who will not have the opportunity to walk in a traditional cap and gown event this year. We will also be making this event as fun as possible by having pizzas delivered to each of our Puksta Scholars wherever they and all at the same time.
Please join us in celebrating our Puksta Scholars by and partnering with us in our inaugural fundraiser “Pizzas for Pukstas”. Each pizza will cost $25.00 and I am asking you to partner with us to participate to whatever extent you are comfortable with at increments of $25. If you would like to sponsor our program with the purchase of 1 pizza we thank you, if you would like to partner with us for 10 pizzas or 100 pizzas we thank you!
Please know that we hope to sell as many pizzas as we possibly can with the understanding that all excess money raised will go towards the important work of ensuring the continuation of our scholarship funding and creating funds available for our Puksta Scholars to access for life emergencies. All contributions are tax-deductible to our 501(c)3 and a receipt will be provided with your donation.
Civic engagement is at the heart of a Puksta Scholarship because it’s at the heart of each and every Puksta Scholar. If making a difference in the community is the reason why you decide to give to a cause, we would like to invite you to consider giving to the Puksta Foundation. Our low overhead means that 92¢ of every dollar we receive goes to defraying the considerable costs of a college education and—considering all the good that Puksta Scholars do—making the world a better place.
By giving to the Puksta Foundation you can be sure that your charitable dollars are being used in the right way.
There are many ways to donate, either directly with a credit card, via PayPal, or feel free to send a check to:
2221 W. 30th Ave
Denver, CO 80211