On Wednesday evening, September 11th, I was at the Longmont Vertical Fusion, taking an Intermediate and Advanced Combo class with Norell. I didn’t think much about the rain that had been falling off and on for the last three days; it’s surprisingly easy to let weather fade into the background when it doesn’t seriously affect your day-to-day life. Early the next morning, my boss woke me from sleep with a phone call, informing me that school was canceled the next day due to heavy rains and flooding.
For me, it still took some time to realize how very catastrophic all of this rain would become for our beautiful state. Even as I write this on Sunday evening, rain continues to fall in Longmont, and I continue to monitor the state of my basement, which – at least so far – has remained blessedly dry.
Ron and I have been extremely fortunate to have remained safe and un-flooded throughout this entire deluge. Our friends in this community and in neighboring communities cannot all say the same. Dear members of the Vertical Fusion family run the gamut from dry at home to displaced for the long-term.
Vertical Fusion itself weathered these storms remarkably well. All three studios fared with little to no damage. A roof leak here and there was the worst we saw. Classes were canceled for some of the days during the active flooding, but many of our clients, instructors, and friends have found solace through movement and dance during this disaster.
Of course, the desire to help has pulled at those of us from Vertical Fusion, and we want to give back. Yesterday, several studio clients, instructors, and friends met with Melanie to discuss what we might do to help our neighbors. Right now, cities, counties, and the state are asking for people to stay off the streets, out of evacuated areas, and away from emergency shelters. The best way we can help is by offering monetary support in the short- and long-term to organizations that offer as much local aid as possible. Here’s what you can do:
Colorado Pole Championship, September 21, 2013: Vertical Fusion will have a booth in the lobby of the Oriental Theater during the show. We will have a donation box; please come say hello and donate whatever you can.
Vertical Fusion Fort Collins’ One Year Anniversary Party, September 28, 2013: VF rescheduled this event due to the flooding, and now Sept. 28th is the make-up day. Come and celebrate with us from 5:00-7:00 PM, then from 7:00-9:00 PM, stay for a donation-based class! Donate whatever you can and enjoy a one hour class with us. Classes are to be announced, but from what I’m hearing, you are NOT going to want to miss this!
Donation boxes at each studio: Longmont, Fort Collins, and Boulder will all have donation boxes out so that you can drop off whatever funds you choose.
Donation based classes: Longmont and Boulder will also be offering donation-based classes to benefit flood relief. Dates and time are to be announced, so stay tuned.
In the longer term, we are looking into putting together a Vertical Fusion Calendar and selling it to collect more donations for flood relief at a later date. Money is crucial for disaster recovery, often weeks and months after the disaster has abated. Hopefully by selling a fun VF calendar at the end of this year, we can offer yet more funds that will help our neighbors during this long recovery.
I hope that you are all safe and settled either at home or at a place you can call home for a little while. Vertical Fusion has always been like a family, and this is the case now more than ever. Thank you in advance for your help and support of our wonderful state. Colorado Strong!