UPLIFT: FoCo is an evening of local music benefiting The Matthews House
Featuring an all-star band, guest songwriters, a live painter
plus extensive silent auction, with everything based in Northern Colorado
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT
WHAT DO WE DO?
The Matthews House is a 501(c)(3) organization that empowers young adults and families in transition to navigate difficulties on the road to self-sufficiency. Many of the individuals in our program are or have been part of the human services, foster care, and/or justice system. Many have also lived in generational poverty. They frequently do not have a significant support system nor the skills necessary for living independently, including retaining a job, solving problems, managing money, and building solid relationships.
The Matthews House began working with youth in 2006 with the dream of creating a safe place where at-risk youth could escape poverty and abuse. Soon after the scope expanded to working with families. The goal was to reach families early enough to help them gain stability so that kids could avoid being placed in foster care in the first place. Now, every single youth aging out of foster care in Larimer County is referred to the program, and annually, The Matthews House works with over 3,200 youth and families.
THE STORY BEHIND UPLIFT: FOCO
Born and raised in Craig CO, I've always called Northern Colorado home. Fresh out of high school in '08, I moved to Fort Collins to attend CSU but was quickly drawn into the bustling Front Range music scene. I started touring with local bands selling t-shirts, which led to discovering a passion and career as an audio engineer. Uplift: FoCo is my dream project to turn a decade of industry experience into something positive that gives back in a meaningful and lasting way.
The original seed was planted in 2010 when I put together a small benefit in similar format ---- a group of friends for the band and raising funds for a kid-related nonprofit. It was a mild success for two years, but life pulled me elsewhere and the concept lost steam. Jump to February of this 2019; a fellow volunteer asked if I knew anything about charity concerts and it unsuspectingly reignited my spark! Driven by the excitement of new possibilities, I consumed myself that year with countless phone calls and emails to bring all these connections together; thankfully my partner is very patient and supportive.
Having been a volunteer with The Matthews House for three years, they were an obvious choice as partner and beneficiary for the inaugural year. Their programs provide resources to hundreds of families and individuals from all ages and is an effective vehicle to directly impact our community. In 2020, I began working there within the Experiential Education program. At the start of 2021, I launched a youth music program, and this benefit concert will now be part of that program, featuring and benefiting youth in music!
Through this process so many amazing partnerships have formed and I am incredibly thankful to have a passionate group of talented people involved ---- from our small staff to the musicians, sponsors, donors, and volunteers. It is truly the collective effort of all these individuals making Uplift: FoCo happen, for whom I am eternally grateful. I look forward to sharing this special event with our beautiful home town and hope to see everyone there!
Uplift: FoCo - creator
Field trip to Rocky Mountain NP with The Matthews House - Spring 2019 (Andy is far right)
THE TEAM BEHIND UPLIFT: FOCO
Savannah Russell - donations coordinator/supportive partner - It's admittedly bias, but Savannah is one of the most kind and caring individuals I know. As an inevitable consultant on all things, she has provided invaluable support professionally and personally. She is one of the most well connected acupuncturist in town and has leveraged countless connections on behalf of the event. Schedule an appointment with her at: ftcollinsfamilyacupuncture.com
Mike Tallman - graphic design - Mike is as close to family as friends come; he gave me my first opportunity in the music scene and a couch to crash on way back when. He is one of my favorite guitarist and founding member of Euforquestra, creative director for Color Red, plus one of the industry's leading and most sought after graphic designers. We are lucky to have him creating our art! Check out his work at: addnoisestudios.com
Tobin Voggesser & Jon Eisenberg are both friends from even before my t-shirt slingin' days. Tobin has gifted many great photos to my website and Jon has promoted many of the bands I've toured with. They both provided crucial mental power towards the event's initial brainstorming. Tobin will also be shooting photos and video at the event, and Jon continues to assist with our digital marketing. Check out their other amazing work at:
Dan Butcher - FOH engineer - Long time friend and colleague, Dan will ensure our audience experiences the highest quality of sound.
Sean Flynn - monitor engineer - Was once "my legs" while working a festival on crutches, Sean will provide musicians with exceptional sound.
Arnie Weil - stage manager - Another close industry friend, Arnie's mastery is the grease that will keep our show wheels running smooth.
Matt Banno - VIP & door manager - With a talent for laid-back seriousness, Matt will facilitate a pleasant arrival for each and every guest.
Rich Haake - artist hospitality - Both a friend and climbing partner, Rich brings experience as a chef and bartender to serve our artists.
Jenna Franck - merchandise - The fateful co-volunteer who sparked it all, Jenna's positive spirit will come included with our finest threads.
Nick Stock - photographer - Yet another friend from my first year in the industry, Nick's sharp eye will capture the essence of the evening.
ALL PROCEEDS WILL BENEFIT
The Matthews House mission is to empower youth and families by building trusting relationships and providing resources to disrupt the cycles of poverty and abuse.