Dan Davis is a regional sales manager for a power quality company. He grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and has lived in Denver for 29 years. He is a parishioner of Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Denver and he has two daughters.
Robert Pywell was born and raised in Vancouver Island, British Columbia and moved to Denver in 2000. He has a daughter and a son. A former professional soccer player and coach, Robert currently works in preconstruction for Braconier Plumbing & Heating Company, Inc.
Together, they are the founders of Rockin Rescue Night Out, an event to benefit the Mission coming up on December 5.
Will you describe the Rockin’ Rescue Night Out event and how it supports Denver Rescue Mission?
Rockin’ Rescue Night Out (RRNO) brings people together to remember that each and every person could be in the same place as those who are less fortunate. The night includes a silent auction, various fundraising activities and drinks and appetizers. One hundred percent of the event’s contributions are donated to the Mission.
What inspired the event’s launch, and how has it grown and evolved?
Dan: For me, it started more than 20 years ago. I lived downtown and saw firsthand those experiencing homelessness. I wanted to do something and give back, so in 1997, I started the first RRNO in a warehouse on Larimer Street. Eight people showed up, and I raised $80. I hosted the RRNO with my wife off and on for several more years, and after partnering with Robert and friends with businesses who could provide support, it became an annual event. We now have a steady group of incredible volunteers and are always looking for new people to join.
Robert: Dan convinced me of the value and difference we are able to accomplish with our corporate partners. The initial events were the heartbeat that gave us ideas that have been revised each year. The goal for this year’s event is to welcome more than 250 attendees and raise $35,000.
Why does the Mission matter to our community, particularly during the holidays?
We recognize the stress and hardships that can occur with the holidays, and our goal is to add some cheer to the lives of those in need by assisting the Mission.
How has this partnership with the Mission impacted you personally?
Dan: Putting a face to people experiencing homelessness and making it a front and center issue has become my new cause. Christ said the poor will always be among us. I want to make sure that, as a community, we are not afraid to serve those in need. Through RRNO, we see people softening their hearts toward people experiencing homelessness, and we are able to provide another channel to help people. I have been blessed in so many ways, and the Lord has shown me a meaningful way to help the less fortunate.
Robert: The Mission has opened my eyes to its role in our community. Without its support, many individuals would not be able to cope and survive. From immediate care to transitional support, the Mission’s caring attitude inspires me to do more for our community.