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#EndSeniorHunger with the AARP Credit Card from Chase

This post is sponsored advertising content by the AARP® Credit Card from Chase. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What if every time you make a purchase, you could contribute to a cause in your community? Thanks to the AARP Credit Card from Chase, you can! Giving back to the community is something that’s important to me and when I found out about Chase’s sponsorship with the AARP Foundation I was excited to learn more and share this amazing program.

Chase has worked with AARP for 27 years and has donated over 8 million dollars toward ending senior hunger. This year, for every purchase made at a restaurant with the AARP Credit Card from Chase, $.10 will be donated to the AARP Foundation [up to $1M]. In addition to giving back, cardmembers are able to benefit by selecting from cash back, gift cards, travel or even credit towards an AARP membership of their own.

As part of their support to the AARP Foundation, Chase is a sponsor for the Summer of Service to Seniors, working alongside the AARP Foundation and local community organizations to fight food insecurity in communities throughout the country. Recently nearly 1,500 volunteers converged on Magness Arena to carefully assemble and pack wholesome meals to distribute to seniors in need throughout the Denver Metro area. 

Denver Works To End Senior Hunger


In the first event that took place in Memphis, volunteers packed 500,000 meals to help end senior hunger. In Denver, volunteers packed an additional 503,000 meals. Volunteers each served for 90 minute shifts, donning hairnets and aprons to package rice, lentils, seasonings and freeze-dried vegetables into ready to cook meal kits. As boxes were filled, cowbells rang out to signal another set of 288 meals ready to be palletized and wrapped before delivery to the Food Bank of the Rockies and Denver Indian Center for immediate distribution to Denver seniors in need. Following the Denver event, an additional 500,000 meals were packed at the Minneapolis – St. Paul event, further contributing to the 3 million goal.

I had the chance to chat briefly with AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson, whose infectious enthusiasm cheered on volunteers as they worked through hundreds of pounds of supplies. “Denver has a spirit of service and is known as the baby boomer capital of the U.S.” she said, “So many older adults who slip into poverty may not be asking for the help they need. Today is a day to look out for all our neighbors.”

In addition to seeking out volunteer opportunities like the Summer of Service, Ryerson encouraged participants to reach out to their neighbors and offer to lend a helping hand. In addition to the meal pack events, AARP Foundation works year-round to increase economic opportunities and social connections that help prevent and reduce senior poverty.

Following the packing shift, volunteers were invited to participate in a dance party and community affair outside, where AARP volunteers shared information about the many programs and services available to seniors throughout the country. The outdoor venue thanked the AARP Credit Card from Chase and other sponsors for the support of this event.

There is one more stop on the Summer of Service tour, DC, where volunteers will work to go above and beyond the goal to assemble 3 million meals for seniors in total. You can learn more about the Summer of Service to Seniors and sign up to volunteer at one of the upcoming events on their website. If you missed the Denver event but still want to give back locally, check out Create the Good for volunteer opportunities with organizations the AARP Foundation supports. 

JP Morgan Chase is one of the oldest financial institutions in the country, providing banking, credit cards, and more to households throughout the United States. The AARP Card from Chase has made donations to AARP Foundation since 2011.

Colorado Local/ Travel

History Meets Technology in LoDo

I spend most of my days in and around the bustling heart of Denver in LoDo.  As a Colorado Native, I’ve seen some of the change that’s happened in the city over the last 15 or so years but most of the town has been a vibrant cultural scene for longer than I can remember.  

Standing on the corner of of Wyncoop and 17th Street it’s almost possible to close your eyes and imagine what life would have been like 100 years ago when hundreds of travelers surged through Union Station and into the city beyond. Today, thanks to the hard work of community leaders and preservationists like Dana Crawford, the historical buildings have remained as vibrant as they were when the Edbrook Loft was home to Spratlen-Anderson grocer and the Denver City Railway Building housed horses instead of diners.  

The area called LoDo is officially known as the 23 block space bounded by Speer Boulevard on the south, 20th Street on the North and Lawrence Street to the East. The western most edge of the neighborhood is closed in by the South Platte River as it cuts through town. It was registered as a neighborhood district in 1987 and the mixed use combination of loft style housing, retail and dining has since given the area new life. As one of the most in demand areas in town, LoDo is the must see destination for Denver tourists and one of the most sought after areas of town for urban living. 

Starting this summer, visitor’s can go beyond imagining the history in the bricks, to learning about them as they traverse the city. The LoDo District just recently launched their Explore LoDo app, marrying the technology of geofencing with the rich history of the area into a fun to navigate app. As you navigate the area Explore LoDo will notify you of happy hours, sales and historical details through easy to follow alerts. 

Outside of the app, the Explore LoDo website provides much of the same information and can be easily navigated through your phones web browser, although the alerts are what I feel make the app a fun way to experience the city. Once inside the app, users can create an account to favorite information you wish to return to later, like which happy hours are your favorite for a girls night out. 

As a local, its always fun to be a tourist in my own city and Explore LoDo provides the tools to view the city through a unique lens that I might not experience outside a historical tour. 

Explore LoDo is available to download on the app store, or you can head over to their website to browse LoDo businesses and history online. 

What are your favorite ways to learn about the history of towns you visit? 

Mockups courtesy of MagicMockup.com. All photography and opinions are my own. 

Colorado Local/ Travel

Denver Staycation at the Hilton Inverness

When summer weekends leave you with a bleak future of the weeks dishes piled in the sink and a mountain of laundry to get through a staycation not far from home is just what you need to relax and get away from the duties of home, even if only for a night. I’m the kind of person who has a really hard time relaxing, so sometimes the only way I can really not work on projects is by not being at home at all. 

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to visit the Hilton Inverness to enjoy a bit of relaxation, just far enough from home to forget anything lingering on my to do list. While most Denverites know of the Inverness for their impressive meeting options, booking a stay as a weekend getaway is the perfect way to enjoy resort living without the cost of a plane ticket. 

Just off the beaten trail, driving up the the Hilton Inverness is like coming upon an oasis in an otherwise busy metropolitan area. Located off i25 and County Line Road on the south side of Denver, the beautiful grounds open up as you enter the parking lot, making you forget that you are just down the road from the city. 

We arrived on a Friday night, ready to enjoy some time together watching a movie and relaxing at dinner. We popped over to nearby United Artist Theatre to watch Wonder Woman [AMMMMAAZZZING, if you haven’t seen it you need to] and returned back to the hotel for a late night dinner in the Spotted Dog Pub. 

The Spotted Dog is on the lower level of the hotel and is perfect for meeting up with a group of friends to enjoy drinks and dinner over a friendly game of pool or shuffleboard. While the pub is open to the public, it’s a bit of a hidden gem for those who are over the loud bar scene, providing the perfect place for meeting up with a large group, and being able to actually hear the conversation. The full assortment of bar games are completely free of charge and the kitchen is open late so you can have a meal with your drinks. We enjoyed some classic pub grub, including a grown-up spin on grilled cheese with tomato soup. 

Vacation isn’t vacation without sleeping in, so the next morning we got a late start and headed down to the outdoors pool to snag lounge chair for some poolside reading. One of the great things that separates the Inverness from other hotels is the poolside drink and meal service. There is nothing better than having drinks brought right to you so you could stay outside all day under an umbrella. 

When the started to heat up, we headed back inside for some late brunch at the Garden Terrace. They were serving a full brunch buffet but we opted to try a couple of the dishes off the menu instead and were incredibly happy with our choices. The service was attentive and quick, ensuring that we could enjoy our meal before heading off to our separate activities for the day. 

One of my favorite things about vacation is spending a bit of time by myself, so I headed to the spa while Drew was off to the on property golf course. 

The luxurious and relaxing interior of the spa did not disappoint. The ladies changing room includes a lockers for storing your belongings, a steam room and a full assortment of toiletries for getting ready after your treatment. Waiting for your service you get to enjoy the co-ed lounge and hot tub area, fully stocked with tea, infused water and snacks. If you don’t find what you are looking for in the lounge you can even order a meal or drinks delivered to you from the restaurant. There is nothing better than a massage and a facial to help relax and forget all the stresses at home. 

The spa has a full menu of services that are completely open to the public, so even if you can’t get away for a full weekend, you can enjoy a couple hour retreat any time you want. 

Drew spent the afternoon on the Inverness golf course. The semi-private course is open to the public after noon (and available for members only before) and the championship course provides a challenging experience to help test your skills. The course is beautifully landscaped, making a warm afternoon on the green the perfect escape.  

After a day at the Inverness, it was time to home and back to reality but with their summer stay & play special, I know next time we need to relax I’ll be booking another stay!

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary stay at the Hilton Inverness to inspire this post. All opinions and experiences are my own.  

Colorado Local/ Marketing

Type A West Conference Comes to Denver

I wanted to take a quick pause from this month’s blog party to share an amazing opportunity that’s coming up in Denver in just a few weeks. Part of why having a blog party is so much fun is the chance to get to build an online community of writers who support and encourage each other. I am having so much fun working alongside these creative ladies and I couldn’t be more happy that I’m sharing my space with them over the next couple of weeks. 

Outside of blogging, I’ve been working in online marketing since graduating from college. When I first entered the workforce, social media was a new tool that no one quite had a handle on. I spent a year studying generational behaviors and developing an understanding of how people were creating and engaging with content online. Now nearly ten years later, I’ve built my career as a digital marketing expert, working with non-profit organizations, small businesses and corporations. I love the fast paced nature of online marketing and I am constantly working to continue to improve my skills and learn – which is why I launched a blog in the first place.

When learning and building an online community intersect – really exciting things can happen. I’ve attended dozens of conferences and I love getting to meet virtual friends face to face and be inspired to try new ideas that came about during the conference sessions. One of the best parts about being a both blogger and a marketer is that attending conferences allows me to look at the event from two sides.

I can connect with other bloggers or connect with brand marketers. I can share my knowledge and learn from the presenters. I can build relationships that help me create better content and find new people to collaborate with both on and off line. 

In just a few weeks, Type-A West is convening in downtown Denver and bloggers and brands will be joining together for three full days of networking, education and community. I am always excited for the opportunity to check out a conference in my home town and I can’t wait to get to meet everyone who’s traveling in for the event. 

Tickets are really affordable and include access to the expo hall and evening parties outside of the workshops and sessions during the day. At $250 for a three day conference you can’t beat the price. If you’d like to join in on the fun, be sure to use the coupon code FRIENDOFANNE to receive a 25% off your registration or booth fee. Let me know if you’ll be there so we can meet up in person! 

Type-A West Ticket Information

Blogger Pass $250  $187.50 – Register now
Expo Hall Table $2000 $1500 – Register now
Expo Hall Booth $3000 $2250 – Register now

Disclosure: I have partnered with Type-A West to help share information about the conference and will be receiving a complimentary pass to attend. All opinions are my own.