FORTRUST Sponsoring Second Annual Holiday Meal Service at St. Francis Center
DENVER, CO, Jan 04, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
FORTRUST, the Rocky Mountain Region's premium data center and
colocation services provider, today announced that they will be
sponsoring their second annual holiday meal service at St. Francis
Center in downtown Denver this afternoon. FORTRUST is working with
the Denver Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen to provide the holiday meal.
The Denver Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen is an ecumenical group
comprised totally of volunteers. It has been serving meals to needy
persons in the Denver area for over 30 years. The Denver Catholic
Worker Soup Kitchen serves over 30,000 meals a year. More
specifically, the Soup Kitchen serves two meals a week to more than
300-400 individuals during each meal at the Saint Francis Center.
The St. Francis Center is a not-for-profit organization and has been
a place of refuge for homeless people since 1983. The St. Francis
Center assists patrons through a simple philosophy that is predicated
on the fulfillment of the Episcopal Church's visions of goodness and
godliness that they believe dwell inside all of us. It is through
this vision that they serve a portion of Denver's over 12,000
homeless people each day.
FORTRUST began the now annual tradition of providing and serving a
meal at the St. Francis Center for one meal during the holiday
season. Working closely with the Denver Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen,
FORTRUST was able to provide a very special meal during the last
holiday season. Just prior to last year's Christmas Holiday, FORTRUST
donated enough ham, vegetables, bread, ice cream and pies to feed
over 400 people. Such a meal is a rarity at the St. Francis Center,
as meat and ice cream are rarely available due to the strict
financial constraints of the Denver Catholic Worker Soup Kitchen.
Employees of FORTRUST also donated their time in serving the meal.
This year, FORTRUST expects an equal turn out for their New Year's
meal where they are providing full burrito and ice cream sundae bars
to the people of the shelter. The homeless individuals of the St.
Francis Center were asked by FORTRUST to provide a wish list of food
items they would enjoy being served. The consensus among the St.
Francis patrons was a special burrito bar alongside ice cream for
dessert. Rob McClary, Vice President of FORTRUST, stated, "We found
that last year the people of the shelter were so grateful for simple
items such as ice cream that we decided to supply an entire ice cream
sundae bar this year. Our staff cannot wait to volunteer again for
this wonderful cause, so much so that we are turning away members of
our FORTRUST staff in order to conserve room to serve."
FORTRUST purchased the ice cream for the sundae bar from Liks, a
local family-owned creamery specializing in hand made ice cream. Liks
has been serving ice cream to the Denver community since 1976 and are
proud to have been asked to be a part of such a wonderful cause.
Leslie Thompson, Liks owner, states, "We are thrilled to be able to
provide FORTRUST with the ice cream for this very special event. We
were so moved by this donation that my daughter and I will be
volunteering alongside the FORTRUST Team as they serve this wonderful
meal to the people of the St. Francis Center."
Nancy Connick, Executive Director for the St. Francis Center is
pleased to have FORTRUST back for yet another year. She states,
"FORTRUST has allowed the homeless individuals to have a special
holiday meal, one they were able to choose and will certainly
appreciate." In addition to the unique meal, FORTRUST is also
providing celebratory items such as hats and kazoos so that the
individuals at the shelter can ring in the New Year with a true
FORTRUST President and CEO, Steve Knudson, is at the forefront of all
of FORTRUST's charitable donations throughout the year. As a true
philanthropist, Mr. Knudson ensures this community giving philosophy
permeates throughout the entire FORTRUST organization. Mr. Knudson
adds, "FORTRUST is constantly trying to give back to our community
through various projects, but our donation of a holiday meal is a
special one dear to our hearts. It is especially during this holiday
season that we like to offer our assistance to those in need. We
truly feel privileged to be a part of this cause for the second year
in a row."
FORTRUST is a premium high-availability data center
services provider, progressively designed and precisely managed to
preserve business continuity for its customers. FORTRUST's premier
offerings include adaptable colocation space for any-size enterprise
supported by optimal power infrastructure, connectivity and physical
security to safeguard mission-critical business services. Leading
companies choose FORTRUST to gain a trusted partner who will preserve
and protect their IT infrastructure as well as serve as an essential
extension of their operations. Established in 2000, FORTRUST is
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