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60 Years of Nourishing Hope: IFCS’ Best Nibbles & Sips Ever

In February, Integrated Family Community Services (IFCS) marked a significant milestone. Celebrating their 60th year, IFCS has provided vital support to those in need through its food pantry and assistance programs since 1964. Made extra special by the occasion, the annual fundraiser Nibbles & Sips exceeded all expectations, and united the community in the spirit of generosity and compassion. Don’t miss the brief video recapping the evening, below! This year was the most successful fundraiser to date, surpassing the donation goal and allowing IFCS to keep programs going strong for the coming year.

The success of the event was made possible by the unwavering support of corporate sponsors and individuals who recognize the importance of IFCS’ mission in providing essential resources to individuals and families facing hardship. Their contributions not only helped reach the fundraising goal, but also reaffirmed the community’s commitment to creating meaningful difference in the lives of others.

With 16 restaurant vendors and 22 alcohol vendors, the fundraiser offered a tantalizing array of culinary delights and beverages, creating a vibrant atmosphere filled with delicious aromas and flavors. From gourmet dishes to artisanal whiskeys and delicious ice cream, guests were treated to an unforgettable culinary experience, all while supporting a worthy cause.

Many vendors support this event through donations of food and drinks because it is such a worthy cause. It also helps them grow brand exposure. “Some chains can use this as a community relations endeavor or to get staff out of the kitchen and into the community… it’s great for field marketing, product research, and impression collection,” says Todd McPherson, IFCS’ Development Director. Nibbles & Sips is an active environment that allows owners and employees to enjoy the event personally, which is always a plus after serving their products to hundreds throughout the evening.

Adding to the festivities was a live band – Jazz Hands Foundation Band, which has provided music for years at Nibbles & Sips, including 2 years virtually, due to the pandemic. The Jazz Hands musicians set the mood with their lively music, encouraging guests to dance and celebrate the evening. The energy was infectious, reflecting the collective enthusiasm of everyone who came together to make a positive impact in their community.

Fundraising highlights of the event included silent and live auctions, which featured an array of unique items generously donated by local businesses and supporters. From luxury goods to one-of-a-kind experiences, the auction provided an opportunity for guests to bid on coveted items while raising life-sustaining funds for IFCS’ mission. The unique auction items were put together with the mindset of creating a special evening and fun emotional atmosphere, all in support of IFCS’ programs and services. One of the live auction items was an experience for 10 people at South Metro Fire Rescue. The person who won has always wanted to be a firefighter and is looking forward to experiencing a day of training with his family and friends.

As the Nibbles & Sips evening drew to a close, I witnessed the overwhelming success of the evening. The event sponsors, restaurants and beverage providers, corporate and community partners, and all the generous guests participating in the fundraiser were a testament to the power of community. The collective action of people with big hearts raised vital support for IFCS, making it possible for this 60-year-old nonprofit to continue making a difference in the lives of those it serves, offering hope and support when needed most.

In commemorating 60 years of service, IFCS reaffirms its dedication to serving as a beacon of hope and compassion in the community, reminding us of the profound impact that can be achieved when we come together with a shared purpose.


Kathryn Adams
Kathryn Adams

Kathryn Adams is a Nurse Freelance Writer who started out her career as a Firefighter EMT-B then RN and has transitioned to professional writing.  She started volunteering with IFCS in 2018 because she has a passion to help others. When she isn’t writing she enjoys hiking, yoga, skiing, and traveling. She lives with her husband, dog and kitty in the Colorado Mountains.


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