Pedaling Success through partnership with Wish for Wheels

Denver, CO / May 18, 2017  The Colorado Wireless Association (COWA) held a volunteering event in partnership with Wish for Wheels that provided over 60 deserving children with brand new bicycles and helmets. More than 50 leaders from top Colorado wireless telecom companies participated in the day-long event to build the bikes and deliver them to first grade students at the Math & Science Leadership Academy and Ricardo Flores Magon Academy. This was the second year that COWA partnered with Wish for Wheels to positively impact the lives of local children through the empowerment of a brand new bicycle.

Wish for Wheels is a Denver-based nonprofit whose mission is to transform the lives of kids from low-income families, broadening their scope for personal growth and a healthy lifestyle through the gift of a new bicycle. Wish for Wheels’ main model is to partner with companies/organizations that fund the bikes, build them as a team and then directly give the bikes to the K-2 kids whose lives are changed through the program. More than 14,000 children have received new bikes and helmets through Wish for Wheels and COWA is proud to be a part of this movement.


Colorado Wireless Association (COWA) Gifts Generously to Tower Family Foundation and ALS Association

Non-Profit Organizations Receive $20K in Combined Charitable Contributions Thanks to Great Golf Tournament Participation


Todd Schlekeway, NATE Executive Director; Janet Rinaldi, President, Colorado Wireless Association, Ben Little, Tower Family Foundation Board Member

Denver, CO / August 31, 2016

The Colorado Wireless Association (COWA) recently presented charitable contributions to two inspiring non-profit organizations, The Tower Family Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association. The donations total $20,000 and were announced on August 25th during the Safety Summit training event, co-hosted by the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and COWA in Lone Tree, Colorado.

The Tower Family Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and scholarships to family members of a severely injured, permanently disabled, or deceased tower worker injured or killed in an accident stemming from working at heights on communication structures or other on-the-job related activities of tower workers. Since its inception less than two years ago, the Tower Family Foundation has awarded a total of $185,000 to eligible tower workers and their families. COWA donated $15,000 in support of the steadfast assistance they offer to industry workers during traumatic times of need.

The other portion of the charitable donation went to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association, a non-profit organization serving the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their caregivers. This $5,000 donation was made to honor one of COWA’s founding members, Richard Sullivan, who passed away in January 2016 from ALS. Sullivan was an industry veteran with over 25 years working in wireless for AT&T. He spent time as a lobbyist and was instrumental in assisting the state in passing favorable wireless legislation. The ALS Association will use these donated funds towards further disease research, public education, advocacy and patient services.

These contributions were made possible because of the success of COWA’s 7th annual Golf Tournament. “Thank you to our event sponsors and all who participated in this year’s golf tournament. It is because of your generosity that we are able to support two amazing causes this year, Tower Family Foundation and the ALS Association”, said Janet Rinaldi, COWA President. Primary sponsors of the event included Crown Castle, Black & Veatch, Atlas Towers, Vertical Bridge, Altura Land Consultants, Busch Law Firm PLLC. and Sun West Engineering.


The Tower Family Foundation

The Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation has been established to help provide financial assistance to family members of a severely injured, permanently disabled, or deceased tower worker injured or killed in an accident stemming from working at heights on communication structures or other on the job related activities that tower workers are involved in on a daily basis. The intent of the donation is to provide a funding “bridge” to the affected families to help pay for immediate needs and help defray other related costs that families experience in a post-accident or fatality situation.

The impetus behind the Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation occurred when representatives of the ClearTalk Family of Companies and Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC approached officials from the National Association of Tower Erectors with the idea of establishing a 501c-3 non-profit Foundation. Work began soon thereafter to lay the ground work to create the Foundation. The Foundation received its Certificate of Incorporation from the state of South Dakota on April 29, 2013. The official By-Laws governing the Foundation were formally approved by the Foundation Board of Directors on June 3, 2013. Finally, the Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation was officially designated as a tax-exempt 501c-3 organization by the Internal Revenue Service on February 7, 2014.