For four years in a row now we have supported the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in honor of Kim Jonghyun, Goo Hara, and Choi Jin-ri (sulli). This year, on September 25th, we held our first in person charity drive to help raise money for the cause.
Last year, due to Covid-19, all the charity walks were cancelled but we still wanted a way to raise money and support the cause thus we held an online charity stream that was extremely successful! This year we wanted to bring the components of our charity stream back into an in person event in hopes of bringing more fundraising and awarness to the cause. These components included performers, activities, and our auction of special and unique kpop items.
This year we had five performers that lent their talents to the event. Soojin (@im._soojin) opened up the event with her cover of Lalisa and a fun Itzy mashup. Ashley (@Ashleysings) brought us her beautiful vocals with Rose's Gone, Drive You Home by Jackson Wang, and an English version of She's in the Rain by The Rose. Sean (@tenzenity) brought us a beautiful original choreography of Shagari la by VIXX and finished up with an energetic performance of an NCT Mash Up. Our amazing DJ, Aspen (@Paintedblossom) also gave us a special self produce set dedicated to a friend she had lost to suicide.
Our final performers were DMSND who were gracious enough to provide a mini dance class where they taught us Red Velvets "Queendom".
To stay on topic with the event there were also several stations around to provide information and statistics for the cause as well as provide an outlet for those who have a close personal experience with suicide. One thing the AFSP does at their walks is provide beads where each color describes a different relation to the cause. Its an aspect we really wanted to bring to our own event - each person who attended receiving blue beads for their support and then picking out the beads that fit them (if they felt comfortable enough, of course).
One of the saddest but most rewarding stations of the event was our tribute to the idols lost. To really bring home why we started fundraising and to pay tribute to the three beautiful life's we lost too soon we had a notebook for those who wanted to write notes of love to our lost idols. Although most people walked away with tears in their eyes we wanted to provide an outlet for those still grieving.
We also provided a board for those who might have suffered an even more personal loss to write notes to loved ones and words of encouragements for those who might be struggling themselves.
The main attraction of the evening, and our biggest fundraising tool, was our auction. We had gathered special and unique kpop good to bring to you. We had good from fanmade jewelry and paintings and snack and drink bags to official merchandise like a lightstick of your choice or event the coveted WayV Take Off album with Hendry PC's! We were even auctioning off a cupsleeve event of your choice hosted by me!
Just like last year the auction was a huge success and we thank everyone who donated these special items as well as those who participated in making the auction fun and exciting. It's always a good time to see that bidding wars take place all for a good cause.
Along with everything else we also had delicious free food catered by Cholgogi and boba by TeaHee available for purchase. And just to add a little more enjoyment to the event we also had a top loader decorating station to decorate all your favorite photocards.
To round out the event we were happy to bring the extremely popular random dance play. Just like last year this our random dance play playlist was created and sponsored by @DJInnaseoul. It is always a great time to watch everyone show off their moves as well as support each other. If you participated in the random dance play and would like to watch a playback, the full video is posted here!
I want to say a great big thank you to everyone who came to support not only our event but this great cause. Like it has with many, suicide has effected us in devastating ways and we want to continue to support the fight to prevent more heartbreaks. Thanks to everyone who donated - either directly to our fundraising page or through the auction we beat our goal of $1,000 by a landslide! If you didn't get a chance to donate before you can still donate here.
I also want to give a big thank you to everyone who helped make this event happen. To not only the performers and donors but the several volunteers who lent us their time and support throughout the event, Aspen for being out amazing DJ the entire night, and to Ivy (@Picchickphoto) for donating her time to give us lovely photos of the event. Lastly, but definitely not least, I want to thank my cohosts Katy and Morgan who have made these past fundraisers happen with me. I wouldn't want to work on such an important event without these two ladies and I can't wait to continue raising money and awarness for the cause with them in the future.
View the full gallery of photos here
Calling all superheros! On October 2nd, KonnectPop, MorganVcameron, and I came together to celebrate 2 years with the super group SuperM! With an Avengers theme and good company we had an amazing time celebrating.
Snowl was fantastic to once again host us in our celebrating. The good ice cream and boba only elevating the fun. The great staff at Snowl prepared us 2 special drinks: The Tiger Blast (milk tea frappe with brown sugar drizzle) and The Super M-ango Milk Tea (mango flavor milk tea)! Both drinks were delicious though I have to say the Tiger Blast was definitely my favorite.
Along with the themed drinks we decorated the space in SuperM and Avenger décor. Our backdrop consisting of a city scape with all the fun sound bubbles from the comics. This back drop - and theme in general - has been one of my favorites to work with and I had so much fun setting everything up.
The sleeves this time were in the traditional airholder style, and although the design gave me a hard time to start, it also turned out to be one of my favorites. With the purchase of a drink you got 1 double-sided PC of your favorite SuperM boy(s).
An extra feature we added to the event this time was a fun gotchapon game! For $1 - which was donated to The Gathering Place - you'd reach into our super bag and pull out a special prize! The prizes included temporary tattoos and circle cards to special keychains with plains, cars, microphones, and cowboy hats (thanks Taemin)! In select capsules you could even receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a Super One album set! If you were really lucky you could even win the tiger keychain with TWO raffle tickets! It was a super fun addition to the event and I can't wait to bring it back for another event in the future.
To wrap up I want to say a big thank you to everyone who attended and helped us celebrate. Thanks to you all we raised $100 for The Gathering Place to help Women and Children in need. I also wanted to give a big congratulations to Janey B. for winning the Super One album set!
Lastly, but certainly not least, I want to give a big shout out to KonnectPop and @MorganVcameron (on Instagram) for collaberating with me on this celebration. I had a blast planning and throwing the event. I also want to give a big shout out to Katy and Faye for lending there merch for display! It means so much to have amazing supportive friends helping me with these events and I couldn't do it without them.
Thank you once again to everyone who came to celebrate with us and I can't wait to see you at the next event. Be sure to check out the calendar to see what's coming up next!
Saturday September 18th was Han and Felix Day! Held at Snowl in Aurora!.
This was our second event at Snowl (our first being Red Lee Day) and we had just as much fun as the first! There was no real theme but we decorated the space with blue and white! A special table with Stray Kids albums was set out for viewing along with official Han and Felix PCs, and of course we had our signature backdrop stand completed with Han and Felix themselves! We also had special quokka and bbokari confetti on all the tables for everyone to enjoy!!!
To add to the fun, Snowl provided special drinks in honor of the special day. There were 2 drinks - the No Easy Yogurt Blast which featured three fruits and yogurt and the Nachimbong Milk with fresh strawberries and milk. I tried both and they were delicious (though the Nachimbong Milk was definitely my favorite). Snowl was also kind enough to provide mochi in honor of Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) for the first 25 attendees of our event!
I completely underestimated the amount of Stays that would come and celebrate with us so we ended up running out 2 hours in!!! However, everyone was so kind and understanding. I want to give a big congratulations to Cerise R. for being the winner of the Han and Felix No Easy jewel case raffle!
I appreciate everyone who came to celebrate with me once again - I couldn't do this without everyone.s love and support. I hope to see you all at the next event! Make sure to check out the calendar to see all upcoming events and as always if you wish to donate to help me keep hosting these events you can donate to Coloradokpopper@gmail.com on Paypal.
See you all next time!
On September 11th I had the pleasure of partnering with BananaJinTrades yet again to being you Namkook Day! We celebrated Jeon Jungkook and Kim Namjoon of BTS' with cupsleeves, photobooths, cake, and more!
Ju's Coffee in Parker was our amazing location once again. I love working with Ju's - their staff is always friendly and kind each time! The event started at 9am and although we were running a little late with set up I am super happy with how our Permission To Dance theme turned out! Our decore Orange and black with bubble accents to play off the car wash promotion photos.
To add to the celebration and for the first time at my events we ended up getting a cake! Although it wasn't the most perfect I did my best in decorating and I think it looked pretty cute!
Like all my events we were collecting donations for a charity and a chance to enter our special raffle. The raffle this time was for a Butter album set with all inclusions and two keychains, won by Rachel L! For the donations, we were able to to raise $200 dollars to be donated to One Tree Planted - this means 200 trees will be planted in Jungkook and Namjoon's names!
Thank you once again to everyone who came out to support our event. We couldn't do it without you! To help me continue to host these events and make them bigger and better please consider donating to Coloradokpopper@gmail.com on paypal. Any little bit helps and all money donated goes back to events!
I hope to see you all at the next event! Be sure to check out the calendar tab to see what's happening next!
Saturday August 21st BananaJinTrades and I hosted Kpop Buy/Sell/Trade Day! We had an amazing turn out - with 30 sellers!
This event was actually my second buy/sell/trade day - with the first being in 2019 - but this event blew the first one completely out of the water! With 30 sellers we had a large range of items from albums, pcs, and other official merch to amazing fan merch like pins, drawings, ceramics, and special kpop candles!!! I saw many amazing items to help complete collections, start collections, or even be that special unique item just to have.
I want to say a big thank you to all the sellers that participated and helped make this event a success. Listed a below is a list of sellers (if I know their selling @ it will be listed!)
Primrose, Susi, Aspen (@Paintedblossom), Megan F (@Megs.trades.kpop), Kelsey (@Kels.Collects.Kpop), Megan C (@Megan_the_nerdy_geek), Kody (TheOrangeSomnie), Caela, Jaia, Katy, Naomy (Najaeri__), Peyton, Mallory, Oyuki, Sean, Rahaf, Laura, Kpop.Exchange.com, @City127, Emmi, @Shiningshaowl5, Mintymicki.com, @Snwflwrco, @lenar.art, Val, @CraftingKpop
Also a big thank you to all the traders and buyers that stopped by to see us and participated. There will be another buy/sell/trade event, hopefully next year!!
I appreciate you all and I can't wait to see you at the next event!
On July 31st ColoradoKpopper and KonnectPop hosted Red Lee Day! A Mark Lee and Red Velvet celebration! Just a day apart we decided to celebrated the 6 talented people together on their big days! Mark's 22nd birthday and Red Velvets 7 year anniversary.
We had the pleasure of hosting Red Lee Day at Snowl! A wonderful Boba shop in Aurora. Following our sweet and spicy theme we decorated the space with fruits and peppers, the cafe popping with color. Our photobooth section was complete with a watermelon backdrop, an appearance by SuperM mark Lee, and of course - a inflatable siracha bottle!
For this event we were raising money for the Superhero Heart Run - an organization for Congenital Heart Disease. Together we were able to raise $200 for this amazing charity. As incentive for donation we had 2 raffle prizes, a Red Velvet pack of an album, stickers, and a Red Velvet SM Bear pin won by Emily N. and a Mark Lee pack of an album and 2 SM Bear pins (NCT and SuperM) won by Joycelin G!
Lastly, I would love to give a huge shout out to Katy! One of my best friends for bringing her Red Velvet and Mark Lee collection to display for everyone to see. She had some great items from magazines to pcs to show off and allow us all to look through. I always love seeing other peoples collections and I hope you all enjoyed seeing hers!
Next, on August 7th, we were back at the fantastic Ju's Coffee for BlackPink's 5th Anniversary! I had partnered with KSA - UCCS' Korean Student Org. to bring you all this event and I loved it. We really took the blackpink into our theme - decorating the cafe with beautiful art posters, balloons, streamers, and pearls!
For this event we once again were raising money for the Golden Lotus Foundation - and thanks to everyone generous hearts we raised $100 to donate! The raffle prize for this event was an offical Blackpink Lightstick Vr. 2, lovesick girls art print, and Blackpink member buttons - a big congratulations to Jason K. for winning this raffle!
Thank you so much to anyone who attended either (or both!) of these events! I always love seeing and meeting you all and I can't wait to see you again! Make sure to check out the calendar to view all upcoming events!
The Colorado Kpopper will present Walk Out of the Darkness once again in 2021 in support of the American Foundation for Suicide Awareness. The auction & charity gala evening will be located at 8200 Southpark Circle in Littleton, CO on Saturday, September 25th from 4pm to 8pm. The event will feature a live K-Pop auction featuring rare and special official & fan-made merchandise, light bites & snacks, and performances by local DJ Innaseoul.
Our community is proud to bring this auction event to the community in person this year, following a successful online version during the 2020 pandemic. Musical performances, random dancing, Korean food, and other entertainment features will be available this year, with free entry.
The goal this year is to raise $1,000, matching last year's unprecedented success.
“We’re hosting this event to continue to support the American Foundation for Suicide Awareness. Many of our community members have been affected by this issue, and it’s close to our heart.” Says Sage Sharkey, the Colorado Kpopper. “This will be our 4th year in a row with this event, and I look forward to continuing to see everyone again in person for this great cause.”
Walk Out of the Darkness is hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Community Walks, held in hundreds of cities across the country, are the core of the Out of the Darkness movement, which began in 2004. These events give people the courage to open up about their own connections to the cause, and a platform to create a culture that’s smarter about mental health. Friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers walk side-by-side, supporting each other and in memory of those we’ve lost.
Colorado Kpopper works to support small businesses and bring together K-Pop lovers across Colorado to build friendships and create everlasting memories across the state. Every event goes beyond the celebration, with proceeds going to a multitude of great causes and local non-profit organizations
I'm very late at posting this but better late then never! We have a lot to cover in this post - 3 events! - so buckle up and settle in!
BTS Day was June 12th at Riize Coffee in Littleton and we had an AMAZING turn out! This was my second festa celebration for BTS - the first being the 7 year last year - and I'm so glad we were able to have a proper celebration this year!
Our BTS Festa event was the biggest cupsleeve I have held to date with special drinks, vendors, 2 giveaways, and several special photo opportunities!
The wonderful staff at Riize Coffee Co. created four special drinks for our event: The BORAHAE Soda (My personal favorite) a blackberry and vanilla sparkling water, the Dark and Wild Americano for espresso and hazelnut lovers, the Dynamite Cookie for those who enjoy a sweeter coffee and the taste of an oatmeal cookie, and lastly the Persona Lemonade a tart peach lemonade.
Aside from the special drinks we also had four wonderful vendors selling special BTS (and general Kpop) goodies! There were totes, journals, keychains, pins, soaps, and jewelry!
Along with all of that we had several fun photo spots and decorations scattered about. It's always one of my favorite things to watch everyone take photos with the props and just have a general good time - if you would like to see some of these photos check out the past event gallery under calendar.
Like with most of my events we were also collecting donations to raise funds for The Golden Lotus Foundation once again - a local non profit in Colorado Springs working on the education and celebration of Asian heritage - and we were able to raise $700 to donate to this wonderful charity!
The next event I would like to highlight in this blog post will be KBand Day held June 26th at Riize Coffee Co! I was happy to partner with KonnectPop once again to bring this exciting event. I am admittedly not that well versed in many Kbands, however, we had an amazing time with a variety of goodies such as postcards, PCs, special guitar picks and more all representing a wide variety of groups!
There was also a photobooth with inflatable instruments and we played two extremely fun games - 1: Guess that instrument by the sound and 2: Name songs based on popular words (proud to say my team one this one!)
Lastly we also paired this event with a donation to charity - although the charity is TBD we are happy to announce we have raised $301! I will announce which charity we donate to once we have decided!
The last event I would like to highlight in this post was my most recent event for Taeyong of NCT. This event was hosted July 3rd at Ju's Coffee and I'm so happy to be back at the little cafe. Aside from missing Ju herself I missed the delicious boba she served.
Taeyong day was a perfect introduction back to the cafe and inspired by TY himself we decorated the space with a red roses theme.
Not only were there roses on the cupsleeve's and scattered around the entire cafe but each guest got their own rose with a special Taeyong Day PC! This was definitely one of my most favorite themes I ever worked with with just how pretty everything turned out. Big shout out to Katy for providing the beautiful official prints for display and a big thank you to Debrah for providing the giveaway items for our raffle!
I want to say a big thank you to everyone who attended any of these events and continues to attend and support me. If it wasn't for you guys I wouldn't be able to continue to do something I absolutly love doing.
I look forward to seeing you at my next events! Make sure to check out the calendar tab to see everything that's coming up!
May 29th was our 6 Years with Seventeen Celebrations! Seventeen has been one of my most requested events since I had started cupsleeves and I'm so happy to have been able to finally host one!
The event was held at Riize Coffee Co. in Littleton, the same place as BamBam day. Just like BamBam day Chrissy, the owner, hooked us up with some delicious drinks. Team Rocket (a butterscotch latte) and the Oh My! Berry Blast! (a strawberry lemonade). Aside from the delicious drinks there was a special photo area, music videos , freebies, cupsleeves, and as a special treat we had our very first vendor the amazing Rippanagaby!!
For this event I went pastel colors with diamonds scattered about - really trying to slip into that diamond life - and I think it worked! The event was so fun and special we even ran out of supplies!!
Just like BamBam day we chose to support of our local AAPI community and collect donations for an Asian Non-Profit in Colorado Springs: The Golden Lotus Foundation. This organization strives to "celebrate tradition and inspire passion for Asian heritage through community resources, education programs, and expand support for culture projects" as well as is working to build more community spaces for the AAPI community in Colorado Springs. Thanks to everyone's generosity we were able to raise $220 to donate!
To help encourage donations we were offering a special raffle basket with the Going Seventeen magazine, a adorable mask and charm donated by Rippanagaby, and a $25 gift card from Angelo's CDs and More! A big Congratulations to Sadie S. for winning this prize!!!
Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported me and my events once again! I couldn't continue to do this without you all! See you all at the next one!
May 1st was our BamBam day celebration and cupsleeve! This was our first in person cup sleeve in half a year and we were so excited to share it with you all!
The event was held at Riize Coffee Co. in Littleton - the same place as my very first ever cupsleeve in 2019. Chrissy, the owner of Riize, prepared three special drinks for this event! The Ahgase Peach Green Tea (which was SO GOOD), the Dab Dab Moach, and the King Thai Chai.
Aside from the delicious drinks there was a special BamBam day photo area, music videos playing, freebies, and of course the cupsleeve! For this event I chose to go more black and white/vogue theme due to BamBams recent magazine and glamour photo shoots and I have to say it was one of the most fun themes I've done.
As most know, besides just the fun decor and theme, I like adding a fundraising aspect to most of my events. In support of our AAPI community I chose to collect donations for an Asian Non-Profit in Colorado Springs: The Golden Lotus Foundation. This organization strives to "celebrate tradition and inspire passion for Asian heritage through community resources, education programs, and expand support for culture projects" as well as is working to build more community spaces for the AAPI community in Colorado Springs. Thanks to everyone's generosity we were able to raise $120 to donate!
Lastly, as part of collecting donations, we were offering a raffle basket filled with a Breathless CD, 2 art prints, stickers, and official BamBam photocards! A big congratulations to Yaretzi for winning that special prize!
Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported me and my events once again! I couldn't continue to do this without you all! See you all at the next one!