Colin’s Hope Celebrates the Success of the 2nd Annual Best Day Ever Party

Colin’s Hope is overjoyed to announce that the 2nd Annual Best Day Ever Party raised over $200,000 to help us prevent drowning! Presented by Patriot Pool and Spa along with the Dubois Family on Saturday, April 14th, this event hosted 230+ guests and took place at the beautiful Villa Del Lago overlooking Lake Travis. Guests enjoyed fabulous food by Crave and Silver Whisk, a live auction by Cowboy Auctioneers and live music by Chandler and the Bings.

These funds will save lives. They will provide swim and water safety lessons to at-risk children. They will provide water safety education to parents and adult caregivers. Most importantly, they will expand our reach with evidence-based and proven programs that increase water safety knowledge and swimming skills of children, while creating safer behaviors around water. We are humbled by your remarkable and continued generosity. Together, we are furthering our vision of a world where children do not drown and making strides towards our bold goal of ending drowning completely in Central Texas.

Here’s what Hal Denbar, owner of Patriot Pool & Spa and one of the biggest Best Day Ever Party sponsors, had to say about the event:

“We are so grateful to have the opportunity to be associated with Colin’s Hope and the inspirational work that the Holst family, Alissa, and the rest of the Colin’s Hope crew are doing on a daily basis. As a company who regularly interacts with thousands of swimming pool owners who live in Austin and the surrounding suburbs, Colin’s Hope is inspiring us to better communicate to our friends and customers their message of water safety. Thank you all for sharing in the Colin’s Hope vision of a world in which no child drowns, and we can’t wait to see you again next year at the Best Day Ever Party.”

To see a video about the Colin’s Hope Preschool Swim Safety Program that was shared during the program, click here.

To see more pictures of the event taken by Kristen Roedner of Faux-Toes and Kelsey Logan, click here

Please visit www.colinshope.org to learn more about the mission of Colin’s Hope, and learn about upcoming events.

A Best Day Ever Thank You to all Sponsors, Board Members, Supporters and Volunteers!

Join the Colin’s Hope team!

Here at Colin’s Hope, we have been very busy with everything from hosting webinars, to educating folks on how to use our water safety cards and website as drowning prevention tools, to distributing water safety cards, to training preschool teachers to deliver our curriculum in classes, to supporting young athlete ambassadors who are swimming and raising finds for Colin’s Hope, to strategizing with other drowning prevention organizations to make an even bigger impact, to… (whew!)

We have been so busy in fact that Colin’s Hope is expanding and we have just posted a 3rd staff position  for a hire date of Aug 1! Go to Mission Capital’s job posting NOW to see what you can do to join our team.

Please share it on your social media channels as well as with anyone who might be interested. We hope to get a great pool of stellar applicants to choose from to help add even more mighty to our team. This is incredibly exciting to know that Colin’s Hope is in a place to add this essential infrastructure.

Thank you for your support and belief in us and in this work we are all doing. We just need to do more as Texas has already lost 40 children this year to fatal drownings, more than 5 in the last week.

Program Coordinator details: http://www.501community.org/jobs/item/13/7272

Thanks again and Have the Best Day Ever,
Alissa & Jessica & the Colin’s Hope Board of Directors

Make YOUR Ripple at Schlitterbahn This Summer!

Sorry but all 2017 Schlitterbahn tickets are gone. Thank you for your support and please check back again next year!

Make YOUR ripple at Schlitterbahn this summer! For a donation of $30 to Colin’s Hope, you get a Schlitterbahn Waterparks – New Braunfels ticket (valued at $52.99+). Grab your swim team, friends, family, coworkers, or just yourself and help prevent drowning while having a Best Day Ever!

Tickets are valid through June 30, 2017. Once your donation is made, your tickets will be mailed and should arrive within 2-3 business days. Your trip can help us share our water safety messages across Texas and beyond! Act now, as we only have 150 tickets left!

Thank you Schlitterbahn for sharing our vision of a world where children do not drown!

United Way for Greater Austin Distributes Water Safety Cards

United Way for Greater Austin has partnered with Colin’s Hope to distribute water safety cards to over 3,200 families. Laura Olson and the Success By 6 team put in tremendous effort to connect Colin’s Hope with organizations that primarily serve families with children under 5.

In addition to distributing water safety cards, United Way:

  • Has identified partners that could distribute the Colin’s Hope Water Safety Quiz to families with young children
  • Has connected Colin’s Hope to partners that would assist in sharing water safety awareness information, including Child’s Inc., KLRU, the Literacy Coalition, and the AISD Early Childhood program
  • Has offered to recruit volunteers to aid in distribution of water safety cards via Hands On Central Texas
  • Will assist in any Spanish translations of Colin’s Hope material
  • Will assist with developing a next level of outreach and education for summer camp providers/staff in low-income communities, and
  • Will create a 2017 outreach plan with Colin’s Hope to connect with even MORE families next year!

Thank you to Laura Olson and United Way for all the work they have contributed to water safety!

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Colin’s Hope: This is Our Story

This 10 minute film will tell you WHY Colin’s Hope exists, WHAT Colin’s Hope does to help raise water safety awareness to prevent drowning and will challenge YOU to learn and do some simple things to keep your families safer around water. Please watch and share with your family and friends. Together, we can achieve a world where no child drowns.

Have the BEST DAY EVER.