Charity in the air in Old Town

       Old Colorado City will host a “Charity Fair” Saturday and Sunday, March 28-29, from noon to 4 p.m. both days.
       Sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, the event will culminate its March 23-29 Old Colorado City CARES charity drive during which each participating store is giving a share of its proceeds to a specific nonprofit entity.
       For the fair, charities have been invited to set up tables and chairs in front of sponsoring stores or in the Old Town Plaza parking lot at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue, according to Seiko Tran, OCCA marketer.
       “The purpose of the fair is to educate the public about what their organization is all about as well as receive donations directly,” he said. “Participating charities are able to hand out fliers, brochures, provide games for kids, and showcase animals, etc. as part of their presentations.”
       Also during the weekend, the Old Colorado City Historical Society - one of the benefiting entities - will open the cabin in Bancroft Park to the public from noon to 3 p.m. both days and the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's Zoomobile will be at the Old Colorado City Creamery, 2602 W. Colorado Ave., from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
       OCCA President Charles Irwin said Old Colorado City Cares “is a great way for the local charities to share their mission and be directly involved with the public during these difficult economic times. The more people shop in Old Colorado City during this period, the more money that will be raised for charity.”
       The following is a list of participating charities/ groups.
       Pride, Care and Share & Rotary, Sertoma: Pikes Peak Soap Box Derby, TESSA, Westside CARES, PFLAG, New Vue Productions, PPLD Old Colorado City, Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado, CASA, Child Nursery Center on Tejon St., Humane Society, Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, Home Front Cares, Light In The Forest Church, Nick Murphy Foundation Against Senseless Violence, Susan G. Komen Foundation of Colorado Springs, Lutheran Family Services, Goodwill Industries, Interfaith Hospitality Network, Westside CARES, Colorado Springs All Breed Rescue, Girl Scouts of Colorado, American Red Cross, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Arthritis Foundation of Southern Colorado, Habitat For Humanity, Women's Resource Agency, Old Colorado City Historical Center, Pikes Peak United Way, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Dreampower Animal Rescue Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, Coronado High School FBLA, Life Network, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Junior Achievement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Pikes Peak Blues Community, March of Dimes, Marian House Soup Kitchen and Catholic Charities.

From a press release