Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Poker Classic Raises Nearly $40,000 for Project Sanctuary

Granby, CO – December 5, 2017 – Project Sanctuary, a non-profit organization providing therapeutic retreats for military families, has received a donation of $39,050 from the Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Poker Classic, an annual event benefiting the organization and the families it serves.

The funds were raised at the 6th Annual Poker Classic, a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament held on November 4 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. All proceeds from the event benefited Project Sanctuary. Since the tournament began six years ago, the Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Poker Classic has raised a total of $139,080 to help military families attend Project Sanctuary retreats.

“We are so grateful for the incredible generosity of Jess Peonio, the organizer of the Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Poker Classic, and all who attend the event, and we salute their impressive commitment to support our veterans and their families,” said Project Sanctuary founder Heather Ehle.

“Project Sanctuary is an ideal partner, and meets all the criteria we look for when we make charitable donations,” said Jess Peonio of Axia Energy. “Hearing the stories from the families they serve is all the motivation we need to raise as much as we possibly can at the Poker Classic each year.”

Project Sanctuary has earned top grades from organizations that offer guidance to help non-profit donors make educated giving decisions, including the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of non-profit information, and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, which evaluates more than 1 million non-profits nationwide. The four-star rating is reserved for organizations that exceed industry standards, and Charity Navigator’s ratings are based on a variety of metrics examining financial performance, accountability and transparency.

Project Sanctuary allocates 87 percent of its expenses to programs and services, and spends just 5.8 percent of its budget on administrative expenses. Over the last decade, Project Sanctuary has hosted more than 1,000 families (comprised of over 4,000 individuals) at more than 120 retreats in seven states. Ninety percent of the families served by Project Sanctuary are still intact, and 2,000 families are now on the organization’s retreat waitlist.


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