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Meet Zane Beadles Parade Foundation

At each Jackalope Denver event we select a nonprofit as our event beneficiary who betters the community and inspires us to do more.  Zane Beadles Parade Foundation does just that, and this Spring we are very excited to work with ZBPF, learn more about them below and come show your support on May 19th & 20th! 

1. When was Zane Beadles Parade Foundation founded and why? In 2013, Zane Beadles – former Denver Bronco currently playing for the San Francisco 49ers – established the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation (ZBPF).  ZBPF is a non-profit organization focused on providing experiences to distract our pint-sized warriors from their daily treatments. Studies indicate the experiences patients receive outside of the hospital is just as important as the treatment they receive in the hospital and positive experiences can improve a patient’s quality of life, stress level and recovery.  In 2017 through our Greatest Gift program ZBPF has sent over 50 families in SF and Denver to cheer on the Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers, helped deliver 30 Bags of Fun with the Gabby Krause Foundation, hosted 4 pancake breakfasts and built a new Sports Court at Brent's Place, sponsored a Holiday Extravaganza at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children for 50 families, and the Winterfest at Cherry Creek North

Zane Beadles with the Denver Broncos

Zane Beadles with the Denver Broncos

2. How did the name come about? While Zane was playing for the Denver Broncos the offensive line chose spirit animals.  The elephant was selected for Zane because of his size, he offers protection, strength, power, stability and wisdom.  Elephants offer good luck on a long hard journey and strength to make it through.  The elephant was selected to represent the foundation as the Zane Beadles Parade Foundation.  Zane believes life is about the journey not the destination and is dedicated to making the journey better for others.

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3. What makes ZBPF so unique and special? The foundation is a start up and Denver is the home of our Foundation.  ZBPF is special and unique because even though we were started in Denver, we continue to make an impact in Salt Lake City, UT where Zane played for the University of Utah, in Jacksonville Florida where Zane played for the Jaguars, and currently in the bay area as he plays for the SF 49ers. We are committed to collaboration, and partner with organizations to ensure a level of dignity and financial respite so that our partner’s can continue to offer all of their services to our families at no cost.  Frequently totaling more than $1 million per child, the expenses associated with oncology care are devastating to a families financial wellbeing.  Many families have been impoverished by their child’s disease; often a parent must stop working to care for their child.  The average income of our families is $50k – that is if both parents are able to keep their jobs.  The families we serve require a minimum stay in the hospital of 120 days and incur more than $10k in expenses.  ZBPF’s goal is to raise funds to assist the families with their expenses as well as provide programming opportunities and experiences they would not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy!

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4. Why are you excited to partner with Jackalope this Spring? Because the festival is also a start up started by 2 hip, fun girls with a strong desire to give back to the community! Our values strongly align and we admire the fact Jackalope gives artists a chance to make a difference.  Also, our families love art and it is used as a form of therapy for them.  This will give ZBPF a chance to increase our exposure in the community as well as collect much needed art supplies to put in the newly established Zane's Zone-these Zones will be no procedure zones and allow the kids to just be kids!  The Zone will also have an adult area in order to provide a place for them to work and spend more time at the hospital with their children.


5. Where can we learn more about ZBPF and how can we help? On our new website at  You can help us spread the word about all the wonderful work we are doing in Denver, Salt Lake City and San Francisco!

Denver Vendor Spotlight: Equillibrium


How would you describe your style?  
I would say my style is classic,  timeless,  and rocker chic. 

Are there any artists / designers that you particularly look up to? 
There are too many amazingly talented and inspiring Professionals to mention all that have had influence on me.  But,  here is a list of the ones who consistently hit a chord in chorus with my messaging and design aesthetic in no particular order: Vivienne Westwood,  Betsey Johnson,  Lee Alexander McQueen,  Ralph Lauren

What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own? 
I have always had a great sense of style,  pattern,  and color story in regards to design.  My intention to be zero waste in design and production whenever/ wherever I can puts a unique fingerprint on Equillibrium designs and products...  from its story of inspiration to pattern design,  materials selection,  and production.  My background in Environmental Health,  Hazardous Waste Management,  and Green Building lends a lot to my design process and Executive decisions regarding my Company as a sustainable street brand.  Equillibrium is a brand to believe in,  trust,  and wear proudly for what is represents.


What sort of things inspire you?  
I'd say as a designer,  inspiration always comes from a feeling I am trying to express.  I commonly use messaging as print inspirations,  provoked by issues to grow awareness towards,  esp. with regards to sustainability. 

Where do you look for inspiration? 
Sources where I find inspiration vary,  but most commonly are:  All of nature,  music I love, the lifestyle I live and love,  my Heritage,  cultures I love,  animals I love,  science,  fashion I love...  things I love inspire me.


What is your creative process like?  
Starts with notes, as reference for concept...  then it is playing the vision to envoke the feeling and refine the concept to silhouette and color story,  to a soundtrack on the runway.  As my line is developed,  it is split into looks that are couture for retail/  custom orders and looks that are ready to wear for wholesale.  

What's the coolest artistic tip you've ever received?  I will have to quote Jane Hamill of Fashion Brain Academy,  "done is better than perfect".  As a cursed perfectionist creative Virgo,  this saying has helped me move forward in moments of paralysis.  It can apply to anything.  Whenever I feel stuck,  I literally hear that and get on with it.

Where can we learn more about you?


Denver Vendor Spotlight: Wood and Water, LLC

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What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?
Wood and Water believes in the empowering nature of taking responsibility for one's own health. We see so many people treat their bodies like a vehicle: any time the 'check engine' light comes on (a runny nose, trouble sleeping at night, tension headaches) they run to the mechanic (doctor, OTC meds, etc). When you clear the body of chemicals, and start treating your symptoms with natural remedies, you begin to become aware of what is truly ailing you; you become more in tune with what your body is trying to tell you.

Enter Wood and Water teas. Instead of reaching for that Tylenol PM to help you sleep, we recommend TranquiliTEA, which includes lavender, passionflower, and skullcap; these are medicines from the natural world to aid in sleep. Instead of grabbing that energy drink on your lunch break, we recommend brewing a cup of AuthoriTEA, our blend of lemon balm, red clover, and peppermint, designed to enhance your focus and allow for an alert mind.


What sort of things inspire you?  Where do you look for inspiration?
Our inspiration comes from the people around us; our tea blends are specifically created for the people in our lives that we see struggling with common ailments and are unaware that if they give their body what it needs, it has the capacity to heal itself. Our tea blends are also directly influenced by the people we meet every weekend at fairs and festivals.

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We are constantly being asked to create new blends to help with specific things, and our goal is to one day be able to accommodate every single one of these requests. We look for inspiration in the little things. We live off grid in a travel trailer at the top of a mountain in southern Colorado, and not a day goes by that we aren't inspired by the nature surrounding us. Being in nature is healing, and our tea blends are a tiny reflection of how healing nature truly is. 

When do you feel the most creative?
We are most creative in the mornings, drinking our coffee (yes, you read that right!), soaking up the scent of pine, cedar, and dirt.

What is your creative process like?
Our creative process? A lot of Pink Floyd, a lot of Dave Matthews, and a lot of market research.

What's the coolest artistic tip you've ever received?
Be okay with throwing something away. 

Where can we learn more about you?