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Funds donated for Aurora shooting victims reaches nearly $2 million

DENVER — Tuesday, July 24, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today contributions to GivingFirst.org, which is accepting donations for victims and families of the Aurora movie theater shooting, has reached nearly $2 million.


“We are very grateful and encouraged by the support so far for the victims in Aurora,” Hickenlooper said. “The needs will be great and we look forward to seeing the fund grow exponentially. This money will help those impacted by this tragedy begin to recover and rebuild their lives.”


Donors include Warner Bros., which is encouraging support from others in the entertainment industry, as well as Legendary Pictures. Many other individuals, families, corporations and foundations have donated. Most donors have asked to remain anonymous.


Organizations profiled on www.GivingFirst.org, which is a program of the Community First Foundation, are offering direct support to those affected. Nonprofits featured on the website that are supporting the victims and their families include Aurora Mental Health Center, Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network, Mental Health America of Colorado, Bonfils Blood Center Foundation, Metro Crisis Services, Inc., Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance, Safe2Tell and Denver Center for Crime Victims.


Donations may be made at www.GivingFirst.org. For more information, please contact Karla Maraccini at 303-866-3700 or karla.maraccini@state.co.us.