Mayor Steve Bach’s wife, Suzi, joined Jerri Marr (Forest Supervisor for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands) and dozens of families for a night of free food and fun at iT’Z Family Food and Fun Center. The event was generously sponsored by iT’Z to help raise the spirits of all children whose homes were burned or damaged by the Waldo Canyon Fire.
Children and families were given a free dinner and lots of games to play. The Colorado Springs Junior League held a toy drive to provide the children with gift bags filled with goodies. The kids were even allowed to wear the uniforms and explore the vehicles of the CSPD, CSFD, Forest Service, and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office.
Also at the event were several Olympic athletes, Denver Broncos Justin Bannan and Ben Garland, Fire Chief Rich Brown, CSFD Deputy Chief of Support Services Tommy Smith, Police Chief Pete Carey as well as Smokey Bear, Sparkey the Fire Dog, and Miles the Denver Broncos mascot.
Suzi Bach said at the event, “It’s good to see these kids laughing and having a good time again. A big thank you to Mark de Wit from Itz, the Junior League and all of the donors who made the night possible.”