Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

Along with all of you, this week we grieve with heavy hearts the devastation and tragedy that senselessly befell the citizens of our beloved home. As a community, we have lost friends, family members, neighbors, fellow citizens and a selfless and brave police officer.

Our prayers go out to all who have lost loved ones – including heroic police officer Eric Talley – and the nine special people who tragically lost their lives while they went to work that day or were simply shopping at their favorite grocery store.

We hold in our hearts the loss of valuable life, the survivors, and all who were affected. Those whose sense of safety has been impacted, and those whose workplace and neighborhood grocery will never be the same.

Thank you to the emergency responders and officers who acted swiftly and courageously. Thank you to the King Soopers employees and shoppers who helped each other escape harm. Thank you to all who have organized community vigils. Thank you to the community members who speak so eloquently and heartfully to reporters when asked for comment. And thank you to all who reached out to our community from across our state and around the nation.

We are so proud and humbled to be a part of this amazing community of people.

Each week, we celebrate the wonderful community we are lucky enough to call home. Our Realtors live in the communities they represent and play active roles volunteering for the communities we love. The true strength of the Boulder community is shining this week – as bright as the Flagstaff star, now illuminated to honor the victims.

We offer our support and encourage those who can to donate to help those hurt in this deep tragedy. We join together with our entire community in strength, sympathy, and love. Both our RE/MAX of Boulder and
RE/MAX Elevate offices are donating to the Colorado Healing Fund.

Colorado Healing Fund  
The Colorado Healing Fund assists local communities with the financial, emotional and physical needs of victims of mass tragedies that occur in the state of Colorado. CHF serves as the single point in Colorado for the collection of public donations. In conjunction with community partners CHF will coordinate the disbursement of funds to victims. coloradohealingfund.org

Here are other ways to help:

Boulder County Crisis Fund 
This fund was established by the Community Foundation Boulder County to support the victims, their families, and our community in dealing with and processing this event. commfound.org/blog/community-foundation-announces-boulder-county-crisis-fund.

Boulder County Injured and Fallen Officer Fund
Your tax exempt donation benefits Boulder County law enforcement members who become seriously injured or killed in the line-of-duty. Support extends to the surviving family members: spouse, parent, significant partner or children. You can name a specific officer in your donation if you choose to. bouldercounty.org/safety/sheriff/fallen-officer-fund.

Colorado State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police  
Officer Talley is survived by his loving wife and seven children. All donations raised for Officer Talley will go to support them directly. coloradofop.org

Go Fund Me Fundraisers
GoFundMe has a centralized hub for all verified fundraisers for the victims of the King Soopers shooting. New fundraisers will be added once verified. It includes a fund to support the families of those affected. gofundme.com/c/act/boulder-shooting-fundraisers

By Tom Kalinski. Tom is the broker/owner of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. For questions, e-mail Tom at tomkalinski33@gmail.com, call 303.441.5620 or visit boulderco.com.