SPECIAL EVENTS

United Way of Mesa County holds a few special events a year. We also benefit from several special events put on by other organizations. Thank you to all of our partners for going great lengths to raise money for United Way of Mesa County!

United Way of Mesa County Events:

Unity in Community Festival

To celebrate the start of our campaign season, United Way of Mesa County holds a Unity in Community Festival that is open to both our workplaces and the entire community. All workplaces that participate in our campaign will be invited to attend, pick up campaign materials, and publicly display their corporate responsibility efforts. In addition, our partner agencies are invited to set up booths. Our goal at this event is to have something for workplaces to attend and be inspired by, an event to invite potential new workplaces to attend to learn more, a way to get the entire community engaged, and provide a way for our partner agencies to show their work and impact. This event usually takes place in September. Please click here for information about our 2021 Unity in Community event.

Airplane Tow ‘N’ Throw

The Airplane Tow ‘N’ Throw is public event presented by Alpine Bank and brought to you by United Way of Mesa County and the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission. Teams of up to 20 people (minimum of 10) will test their strength to see who can “tow” a 100-ton Boeing 757 twenty feet across the tarmac the fastest. Teams are weighed collectively and scores will be based on time per attempt and total weight, with trophies being awarded to winners of each division. 4 members from each team can also test their “throw” skills in an epic cornhole competition while enjoying a beer garden, food trucks, music, vendors, and more! Funds raised go to 27 local nonprofits that support health, education, and self-reliance. Please click here for information about the 2021 Airplane Tow ‘N’ Throw.

Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley

This is our signature annual event! It showcases local restaurants, caterers, and specialty food products. “Taste” takes place every year in early February at the Colorado Mesa University Center Meyer Ballroom. Please click here for more information!

Campaign Celebration

At the end of the campaign, we announce how much was raised by community members. It’s a celebratory event held at various locations in Mesa County. We take the time to recognize champions for United Way of Mesa County and hand out special awards. This event usually takes place around the end of February.

Sponsor an Event!

Interested in helping United Way put on events to raise awareness and encourage community giving? Help United Way of Mesa County do this, while getting your company name out there! Click here for a list of opportunities.

Public Events Benefiting United Way of Mesa County:

Pork and Hops People’s Choice BBQ Tasting – US Bank

US Bank sponsors the People’s Choice at the annual Pork and Hops festival. Cooks square off in this yummy competition and the public votes for the best pork. This event usually runs around mid-September.

To see photos from various events, check out our Facebook page!