With an invitation to chow on great barbecue and attend a professional soccer match, Rocky Mountain Communities’ 2013 Day at the Game had everything a family could wish for on a mid-summer evening. It was just as much fun for single adults attending, too, as around 200 RMC residents, along with generous sponsors and friends all met up at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday, July 27, for the annual event. The weather was Colorado-comfortable and showers held off till the evening’s end with the good guys coming out on top as the Colorado Rapids beat the LA Galaxy 2-0. Even if the game had gone the other way, the smiles conveyed by guests couldn’t have been any larger or more genuine.

Jumping for joy over seeing a Colorado Rapids game

Jumping for joy over seeing a Colorado Rapids game

The afternoon began with a sumptuous spread created by Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que—picnic tables were situated in between the players’ locker room and the field with up-close views. Kids were happily surprised when one of the Rapids’ four mascots, Edson The Eagle, flew in for hugs and high-fives. Remarks by President and CEO Dick Taft were very brief as he welcomed everyone to the event alongside board President Todd Crowley and board member Patrick Wieland. A group of lucky RMC kids were able to stand alongside a walkway to high-five every Colorado Rapids player and coach as they made their way back to the field for the second half wearing t-shirts provided by the Colorado Rapids organization.

The High Five Squad readies for the last players to take the field. The Rapids beat the Galaxy 2-0.

The High Five Squad readies for the last players to take the field. The Rapids beat the Galaxy 2-0.

Although this was the fourth annual Day at the Game event, it was the first year that big-hearted sponsors treated residents to a Rapids picnic-and-game experience. Board member Patrick Wieland said RMC residential communities can have an international flair—there are 27 languages spoken at one Denver property. He spoke with pride about programs and services available to residents that include classes in English as a Second Language, nutrition and cooking, and health and fitness. The organization also offers a summer sack-lunch program, after-school tutoring, computer labs and community gardens. Communities are found in Denver, as well as Greeley, Fort Morgan and Grand Junction.

Founded in 1992, Rocky Mountain Communities has been providing affordable housing to Colorado families for over 20 years. RMC’s mission is to develop, own and manage affordable housing and provide support services to help individuals succeed in life. Across Colorado, from the Eastern plains to the high passes of mountain resorts, to the Front Range and the Western Slope, affordable housing is an issue. Though the nature of the problem varies from region to region, the over-arching challenge of affordable housing remains the same: to offer a stable foundation for school success and family self-sufficiency; provide protection and support for the most vulnerable; enable all generations of a family to reside in the community they’ve always called home; and create a healthy balance that connects the workforce with employers. To learn more about RMC, please visit: www.RockyMountainCommunities.org.