Sharks Gather for a Good Cause at the Lone Tree Arts Center

South Metro Denver Chamber Hosts Event to Jumpstart Funding for Unique Nonprofits

CENTENNIAL, CO – Keeping with its goal of service to the community, the South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) will host The Tank, its annual fundraiser for local nonprofits based on the popular television show “The Shark Tank.”

Six Colorado nonprofits will pitch a unique new program to a panel of “sharks,” comprising business leaders, lenders, investors and philanthropists. All nonprofits receive donations to help kick off new initiatives and a share of 40 percent of proceeds from ticket sales.

Last year’s event raised more than $16,000 for participating nonprofits.

“These nonprofits provide services to people who often can’t find help anywhere else. This is a non-competitive way to support them all,” said Tank Chair Barb Findlay. “The Tank fulfills our mission of going beyond helping businesses thrive and ‘raising all of the boats’ in our community.” 

The Tank will be held at the Lone Tree Arts Center on Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Cocktails will follow presentations, followed by an award ceremony beginning at 5:30.

Nonprofits scheduled to present are:

Six area nonprofits will also exhibit at the event to raise awareness and obtain funding for their work.

Exhibiting nonprofits are:

A $250 donation is required to register as a “shark.” Donations may be split among nonprofits or given entirely to one organization.

Tickets are $40.Tickets and spaces on the panel of sharks are available at or 303.795.0142.

For more information, contact Barb Findlay at or 303.588.1766.

About the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce
The SMDC began humbly and has not forgotten its roots. What started in 1921 as a small-town Chamber of Commerce has transformed to a regional player in South Denver. With over 800 members, the SMDC wields influence in four counties and 18 cities.
Through a variety of educational and networking events and subsequent collaboration, SMDC members have the opportunity to meet and get to know other business leaders who listen, bounce ideas back and forth, resolve issues, and find solutions to their mutual business challenges. More information is available at

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