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MEET OUR FOUNDERS

Leslie Maginn, Co-Founder

Hey there, I'm Leslie, and I'm a Co-Founder of Foundation 1010. My passion to help people fueled a 17-year career in healthcare, much of it spent in ICU settings, and now carries over into my real estate business, where I help people navigate difficult decisions and guide them on their real estate journeys.  

It all started back in 2018 when I began visiting fire and police stations in my neighborhood, taking food and thank you cards. As someone who comes from a law enforcement family, I've always had a deep respect and appreciation for first responders. But this desire to support them became even stronger after I lost my father to suicide when I was just nine years old. It was a devastating loss that had a profound impact on my life, but after a lot of work, I have found that I can take this situation and help others - I can support programs that were not around but may have made my life very different, and I can make sure that I am doing what I can to let the first responders in my life and community know they matter.

I started organizing monthly happy hours where community members and first responders could gather to socialize and raise money for local first responder charities. We had a lot of fun, but Covid put a damper on things. So, in 2021, I pivoted to hosting quarterly events instead. Despite the challenges, I've seen firsthand the incredible difference that the funds raised can make. From supplementing armor for local departments to supporting programs centered around mental and physical health, we're making a positive impact in our community.

I know that working a job where you see the worst parts of humanity can compound and amplify life experiences so that they become the catalyst for mental and emotional difficulties. My hope is my heart will continue to make others feel valuable - and have some fun along the way.

When I'm not organizing fundraising events, I'm out here living the best life I can. I love the Colorado Avalanche, scuba diving, and skiing in my free time. I was born in Salida and am proud to be a native. 

 

Leslie Maginn, Co-Founder of Foundation 1010

I'm Brooke! I'm an advocate for charitable causes and have dedicated my time and resources to giving back to the community. My charity work involves supporting organizations that focus on first responders (Foundation 1010), mental health, as well as initiatives to help women succeed in business.

 

Through these efforts, I've helped provide resources and opportunities to those in need and have raised awareness about important issues affecting our society. I hope my commitment to giving back serves as an inspiration to others, showing that even small acts of kindness and generosity can have a significant impact on the world around us.

Last year, I met Leslie, and her initiative to help first responders deeply moved me. I asked her if I could help by hosting some happy hour events to raise money for first responder charities. My partner is a Fire Fighter, and I witness the amount of effort and dedication that goes into their work every day. I felt a strong desire to do more for all first responders and their families, especially after my partner lost one of his best friends, a police officer, in the line of duty last September.

In memory of our friend, we organized an event at the Grizzley Rose to raise money for his family. It was a tremendous success, and Leslie and I decided it was time to make this an official 501c3 organization. This step allowed us to provide even more support and resources for those who serve and protect our communities.

Aside from my work with first responders, I have also sat on the board for Project Helping for over three years. Mental health awareness is a big passion of mine, and I am committed to raising awareness about this important issue. Through my efforts, I hope to make a positive impact and inspire others to give back to their communities as well.

Brooke Vanhavermaat, Co-Founder

Brooke Vanhavermaat, Co-Founder of Foundation 1010
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