**** For Immediate Release****
Press Release Contact: Christine Forster
April 29, 2020 970-613-1455
Larimer County Launches NO DUI LARIMER Project
NORTHERN COLORADO – April 29, 2020
Larimer County is one of only three communities in Colorado who has been awarded funds from The Colorado Office of Behavioral Health Persistent Drunk Driving and Law Enforcement Assistance Fund grants. The goal is to prevent driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances by increasing community responsibility for safe and responsible driving.
Partners Mentoring Youth, who absorbed this, among other work, from the former non-profit, Team Wellness & Prevention, is the lead agency on this five year project which is now in its third year. Partners has engaged a steering committee, and named the project NO DUI LARIMER. According to Heather Vesgaard, Executive Director of Partners, “This project aligns with our organizations commitment to promoting positive decisions and a safe and well community. Effective work in this arena will benefit youth and adults alike. We are excited to be working with such a broad group of community members to guide and direct this county-wide project.
No DUI Larimer’s steering committee has representatives serving from a broad base of interested parties including; The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, City of Loveland PD, UCHealth, City of Fort Collins PD, Colorado State Patrol, My Big Day Marketing & Events, Bullfrog Liquors, Mulberry Max Liquors, Health District of Northern Larimer County, Omni Institute, Peer Assistance Services, Partners Mentoring Youth, CSU Police Department, CSU College of Health & Human Sciences, Data Action Change, Responsible Association of Retailers, Smokey’s 420, and Larimer County Dept. of Health & Environment.
Areas of focus for this group include:
In 2019 more than 8,500 people were arrested for driving under the influence in Colorado. A needs assessment
completed in October 2018 found that DUI/DWAI offenses are a significant issue in Larimer County due to a number of factors on which the dedicated members of the steering committee will focus through education, outreach, and policy change.
Project contact: Heather Vesgaard firstname.lastname@example.org
Media contact: Vanessa Lewis email@example.com
Covid-19 has touched and affected everyone. It has upended our daily lives and routines. It has separated us from people we love. It has forced our places of employment to completely change their systems and procedures – some even closing for good. It has minimized some of our favorite hobbies and pastimes, and the places in which we used to seek entertainment will be forever changed.
This past month, our team has worked with a variety of clients – from large corporations, to nonprofits, to our wedding couples, and our loyal party people. We have worked hard developing Plan B’s, C’s, and in some cases Plan D’s for their previously scheduled events. From the beginning of this outbreak, My Big Day has made it their mission to support our clients – big and small – in the best ways we know possible.
It has been frustrating to see pictures of last year’s Easter Keg Hunt come across our Facebook memories, knowing that there is a possibility that we won’t get to gather for this ultra-fun event this year. We’ve raced to completely change course with two of our large non-profit’s yearly fundraisers, moving everything online. And, we’ve conversed with our summer wedding couples, trying to help them make the heart breaking decision on whether or not to cancel or postpone their planned weddings. It has not been easy or fun.
The event industry in which we work, remains one of the hardest hit by the Coronavirus outbreak. Around mid-March, everything came to a screeching halt, and a lot of uncertainty still remains – about postponed events, and the future of corporate meetings and gatherings. Events are one of the few proven vehicles for spreading the virus. Therefore, we as event planners, have had to weigh the experiences gained from the event, with the health of our clients and coworkers.
We’ve seen the articles suggesting suspending all live in person events until the summer of 2021. And while this is a disappointing prediction, we know that the health and safety of our family, friends, coworkers, and clients are of utmost importance. Many event resources have published a graphic similar to this, reflecting this scenario:
So what does this mean for you if you are planning an event, wedding, or have been looking forward to getting back to “normal”?
Well, for starters, some meetings and events won’t take place. Some will happen over this summer and into the fall. We will be analyzing each event that we are planning. We will ask these questions: what are the conditions needed for our events to happen? What type of event is it? and What will the final event look like?
In order to answer these questions, we will have to look at where we are as a country, and what stage we are in as we fight this virus. Have we flattened the curve enough? Can our event be adapted to include strict social distancing guidelines once shelter in place orders have been lifted? What kind of sanitation and disinfection can we incorporate into our planning to help minimize infection?
Some of our answers will include completely changing the logistics of an event. Corporate and Non-Profit fundraisers might have a larger online presence. Our Easter Keg Hunt – probably just called Keg Hunt, might include more outside stops and challenges. Our brides and grooms may be making changes to their guest lists, and they may be considering holding small ceremonies with plans for a larger celebratory party later down the road.
In all our events, we will be taking event insurance negotiations; social distancing – including room layouts, food service (no more buffets), event activities, and travel; sanitation and disinfection into our planning process. We may even start incorporating innovative options such as thermal scanning for the virus, and having processes in place should someone attending start showing symptoms during our event.
Bottom line is – the new normal for events after this virus peaks will remain a challenge. There are so many moving parts and standards that will have to be put into place before any of our events can happen. For starters, the size of our events will have to be minimized to know more than 50 attendees. Our venues will have to have policies, guidelines, and processes in place for social distancing and sanitizing rules.
We know that all of this is scary – for us and for our clients. We also know that some of our clients will be leery of even planning events for the foreseeable future. We won’t be going into any event blind. You can be sure that our team will do due diligence. We will become the experts so that your mind and heart can be at ease.
Someday, hopefully in the near future, we will all get to celebrate the end to this intense anxiousness. When that day comes, you can be sure that the My Big Day team will have a celebration to remember planned.
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The My Big Day wedding business has been hit hard due to COVID-19. With all of the cancellations and changes, we wanted to highlight a couple who is a shining example of how to make lemonade out of the lemons they were handed.
Zach and Samantha not only had their wedding cancel... their venue wouldn't offer a refund, they realistically cannot reschedule until next year, their family couldn't fly to them in Colorado to witness them say their vows to each other... but they had the right perspective.
Love is what matters most.
No, their day is not what they had initially pictured, but it was "perfect!"
They got married. They are in love. They have a great story to tell. And they can host a big celebration at a later date.
Today we raise our virtual glasses to Zach & Samantha!
Congratulations on your marriage!
-The My Big Day team
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