The Butterfly Foundation and MAD Greens Louisville host complimentary dining and community support event for those affected by the Marshall Fires.  

Click Here to view a recap of the event!

Denver, CO – The Butterfly Foundation, in partnership with MAD Greens Louisville, co-hosted a complimentary dining and support event for those affected by the Marshall Fires on Saturday, January 29th. This special dining and community support event aims to help MAD Greens Louisville make their reopening a success, support free lunch and dinner for the victims and the fire/first responders of the Marshall Fire, and provide gift cards from local restaurants and stores to all attendees who were affected. As our goal was to support the families of the 1000+ homes that were lost, we raised over $30,000 in funds and in-kind donations of gift cards in $25 increments to give to each member of the family that attended! Representatives from FEMA,  the Small Business Association, and the Danielle Shannon Agency: Allstate Insurance were onsite to help answer questions.

The concept for a community event began after The Butterfly Foundation learned of the news of the Marshall Fire and how many people would be displaced due to the damage. The Butterfly Foundation supports Colorado families who have experienced tragedy, and therefore began strategizing the most effective way to lift up and support those affected. The event gained traction when Sandra Jones, Board Member, spoke to her neighbor John Montgomery, father President of MAD Greens and part owner of MAD Greens – Louisville, and learned his business had been temporarily closed due to the fire and they were anxious to reopen. Sandra mentioned The Butterfly Foundation’s intention to host a community support event and suggested a partnership, in which both organizations could give back to the community and shine a bit of hope on an area preparing for a comeback.

We send out a special thank you to our event supporters from caring organizations such as the Aurora Rotary Club, Creative Planning, MDC/Richmond American Homes and The BBF’s Who Care Fund, as well as many favorite local restaurants such as Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, Noodles and Co., The Dairy Block, Maven Hotel, Jimmy John’s, Mod Pizza, The Post Chicken & Beer, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, and Illegal Pete’s. 

The Butterfly Foundation has created a special grant program to support those affected by the Boulder County Fires. Donations to support these efforts can made here.

 

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About MAD Greens

At MAD Greens, we’re a place where healthy tastes delicious, you can be you, and where we don’t take anything too seriously…except food and your satisfaction.

Life’s madness: work, family, crazy schedules, weird things going on in the world. And of course, trying to be healthy. Everyone wants to eat healthier – better – just ask them. But all too often, that sounds like a lot of sacrifice, confusion and a whole lot of no fun. But we are here to change some minds (and some habits) (and maybe some bodies along with it). At MAD Greens, we say, embrace the madness. It’s coming no matter what, so laugh at the absurdity, hug your kids even when they’re driving you nuts, and eat a salad that is made with so much wacky attitude and authentic passion, that suddenly healthy eating doesn’t feel like hard work.

That’s embracing life’s madness. How about we start today — say, around lunchtime?

Since our inception in 2004, we’ve been intent on disrupting the status quo: healthy, fast and fresh food should be mainstream, not the alternative. We’ve created chef-inspired salads that will actually fill you up (without putting you in a food coma), warm grain bowls with craveable flavor combos, and satisfying wraps that are as on-the-go as you are.

AC Restaurant Group, a Coors family company, acquired MAD Greens in 2013 with an eye on growth. Under the leadership of Darden Coors and John Montgomery, MAD Greens expanded its madness to Phoenix, Arizona and Austin, Texas and tripled the number of locations.

In 2019, MAD Greens joined forces with Snappy Salads, a Dallas-based salad-centric restaurant, to create Salad Collective. This consaladated group brings together fast-casual concepts with a shared commitment to fresh, high-quality ingredients, amazing culinary experiences and excellent customer service.  

In August 2019, Littleton, CO resident Karen lost her husband Andy at the Steamboat Stinger mountain bike race after placing 8th in the coed duo category. Later it was discovered that Andy suffered from cardiac arrest caused by an undetected heart defect. 

Andy and Karen’s family lived by the phrase, “Get Busy Livin’,” and they demonstrated that energy in all their passions, which included bike racing, skiing and fishing. Their son Jett carries on the energy of his parents and is nationally ranked in cyclocross and mountain bike racing. 

Once the Butterfly Foundation’s support network was activated, we looked for a way to support Karen so that she and Jett could once again, “Get Busy Livin’”. Together with friends of the family, we call “Andy’s Angels,” we learned that Andy had recently performed a demolition the kitchen in preparation for a remodel, but they lacked funds to put it back together. After cooordinating over $35,000 of donations toward the family, we set out on a mission to put the kitchen back together prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The photo below was taken on Wednesday, November 27, 2019—the day before Thanksgiving! 

Karen will be “paying it forward” by starting a foundation that promotes heart health, and will raise funds toward provision of sufficient AED devices at endurance races in CO.

Click here to view the video of her kitchen reveal!

In March 28, 2020 Jennifer Krauss, a single mother and beloved daughter and friend, passed away in Centennial, CO. Jennifer was active, vivacious, and an incredible mother to her two children, John (14), a student at Cherry Creek High School, and Izzie (11), a “straight-A” student with aspirations to go to medical school. 

Upon her death, Jennifer’s family learned that her estate would need to be directed toward her sizable medical bills, which meant her children would be without funds toward their future educational needs.

The ButterflyFoundation, along with the generous support of the Denver community, fundraised over $20,000 to support John and Izzie’s college funds. We are grateful for the communities support of Jennifer’s children and look forward to learning of the wonderful things they will accomplish in memory of their mother.