Puttin’ On The Max is November 8! Register Now!

Our fabulous fall gala, Puttin' On The Max, is happening this year on November 8 at The Brown Palace in downtown Denver! Our theme this year is "A Fetching Affair: Jazz Age at The Brown," and we'd love to see you in your most creative Jazz Age finery! For more information and to register, go to Blacktie Colorado here
We have lots of exciting activities planned for the evening. A silent auction, a sumptuous dinner, the Dogettes (starring canine entertainers Chica, Domino, and Isabella!), jazz music (live and DJ), and a live auction, are just a few of the things you'll enjoy. And we'll have the ever-popular Pet Parade, featuring a few of our wonderful dogs and cats looking for forever homes.
Our Master of Ceremonies is famed weather anchor Ed Greene of CBS-4 Denver. Our auctioneer is Jimmy Lambatos, Restaurateur and Chef at Ivy at the Glenn. You may remember Chef' Jimmy's starring role in a Superbowl commercial for Quiznos, which he founded in 1981! 
Ticket prices are $125 for a single ticket; $200 for a couple; $1000 for a table of 10; and $1,500 for a corporate sponsorship table of 10.
Even If You Can't Attend....
We hope you'll be able to attend on November 8. But even if you can't, you can still help! We're still looking for silent auction items for the evening. If you can donate a new or gently used item, please bring it to the MaxFund cat shelter (, or give us a call (303-595-4917, ask for Carolyn or Audrey) or an email (carolynatmaxfunddotorg). We're looking for dog- and cat- themed items, jewelry, gift baskets, wine, gift cards and gift certificates, works of art...anything that would be a desirable item to bid on at the silent auction! 
You can also purchase raffle tickets! Tickets are only $10 each, and you can choose from among these great prizes:
  • Nespresso Espresso Maker, Aerocchino Plus Milk Steamer, espresso cup and saucer set, and demitasse spoons
  • Two tickets to "A Christmas Carol" and a night's stay at The Brown Palace
  • Calphalon Unison 10-Piece Nonstick Cookware Set
Please call or stop by at the dog or cat shelter if you'd like to purchase raffle tickets!
The registration link is here. For more information about the event, click here
Thank you for your continued support of MaxFund, a no-kill shelter where cats (and dogs) have all the time they need to find their great forever homes. Hope to see you on November 8!






By Phil McPeck

A neighbor's comment in everyday conversation — something to the effect that you have to go to the MaxFund — amounted to a fuse.

It was a fuse that Eduards Ritums lit when he visited Denver's  premier no-kill animal shelter at 1005 Galapago St. more than five years ago. The Denver man walked into the nonprofit animal shelter, and then one of its cat rooms, as a potential adopter.

"I felt eyes on me," Ritums said. "It's an addictive feeling." 

Something warm and fuzzy brushed up against his ankle. A couple of sets of eyes were focused on him and walking his way, he said.


Not only did he begin an adoption, Ritums became a MaxFund volunteer who now is known for his dedication to cats and especially more-difficult cats. "That's how it started," he said.

Those were the days before MaxFund's state-of-the-art Cat Adoption Center at 720 W. 10th Avenue. Cats and kittens were in the same building as dogs and puppies. The feral cat room was tucked away, practically hidden off a hallway; in the current facility it's on par with other cat specialty rooms. Back then the feral cats' window had northern exposure; today it faces the sunnier south. 

Ritums readily shares that he tends to be a withdrawn in his personal life and said that helps explain his kinship with feral cats . "These cats feel estranged from people, so we have something in common," he said. "I read to them: National Geographic, whatever book I happen to be reading.

"One of them sniffed my foot; that was a big deal," he said. A couple of the habitually distrustful cats also have come to accept being petted. One that had been badly matted when she was brought to MaxFund turned into the sweetest lap cat, Ritums said.

In another specialty room — MaxFund's social room — there are cats that get along with people but not each other. Among them is the one Ritums would most like to see adopted: Tookie, a big, black, long-haired feline. His home has been a cage for years, Ritums said. "He has to get out.

"Tookie is a big teddy bear who has misdirected aggression issues. When he hears a cat fight, he becomes a hockey fan," egging on the combatants and wanting to participate, he said.


We so appreciate the attention and love that Eduards gives to Tookie and other cats at MaxFund! The shelter cats' lives are greatly enriched by his efforts. We can always use more volunteers, though. If you're interested in becoming a MaxFund volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Carolyn, at carolynatmaxfunddotorg.


The wonderful folks at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts have generously provided a great deal exclusively for friends and supporters of MaxFund: purchase discounted tickets to the hit musical, "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," (playing now through October 26 at The Stage Theater) and benefit MaxFund! 

All you need to do is purchase tickets through the The Stage Theatre's website here. Select the date of your choice in the calendar, and "Choose Seats."  Enter promo code MAX in the promo code box, and hit "GO"! From here you'll be able to select your seats, "ADD TO ORDER" and then proceed to your purchase! A portion of every ticket purchased using the promo code MAX will benefit MaxFund.This offer applies to the entire run of this hit play through October 26, 2014!

With new songs, this exhilarating adaptation of Meredith Willson's 1960 musical tells the rags-to-riches romance of Colorado's own heroine, Molly Brown, and her tempestuous love story that survived the Silver Boom, Gold Rush and sinking of the Titanic.

Read more about this hit musical in Playbill.




GLOW for a cause is an exciting company formed by teacher, artist, mother, and philanthropist Johanna Smith. GLOW for a cause provides a range of luxury natural beauty products as well as 100 percent soy candles. With each purchase, GLOW for a cause gives a portion back to select charitable organizations throughout the year. MaxFund is pleased to be chosen as one of those organizations!

Pamper yourself with body butter, body scrub, soaking salt, facial treatment, lip balm, or a soy candle, in a variety of heady and luxurious fragrances. Then select MaxFund as your cause. You'll be GLOWing inside and out! 

And we're excited that GLOW for a cause will be making an appearance at MaxFund's premier fundraising event, Puttin' on the Max, on November 8 at The Brown Palace. 

We hope you'll enjoy the luxury products created by GLOW for a cause and help out MaxFund as well!