The Rooster Party
The non profit was started in Redding California with a group of creatives that had a heart to spread the message of hope. They showcased their art and threw events to raise money for people in the process of adoption. The vision grew as the founders of The Rooster Party moved to Longmont Colorado. Dan and Alyssa Lance had a dream to start a for-profit business that could give back to the non-profit that they had started. The idea was born to start a restaurant in the heart of Longmont, the city they had grown to love. The missing ingredient was the person with the expertise to make the restaurant thrive. That’s when a phone call to Dan’s friend Sean Gafner came who was living back in Redding. He was running multiple restaurant concepts that were thriving but he had a dream to own a concept of his own. Sean and Rebecca and their four kids moved out at the beginning of 2015 and The Roost was born three months later, a restaurant, bar, and venue in the heart of downtown Longmont. A year later the Gafners and Lances opened their second restaurant, Jefes that specialized in tacos and tequila. From day one the two restaurants have committed to giving 10% of their profits to helping families in the process of adoption. If you are in that process and looking for assistance please fill out an application.
How it all began…
On February 11th, 2011 Dan left his house, headed for a routine morning run. Growing up as a musician and creative, Dan had led a pretty normal life. But this morning would prove to be different. His running buddies had bailed at the last minute, so he was alone this time. It was still dark, just a few minutes from sunrise.
Ever since he was young, Dan had never liked the dark. It left him feeling anxious for what would happen. Even as an adult, those feelings of uncertainty filled his chest. But, pushing those emotions aside, he kept running. As he rounded a bend in the trail he heard roosters from a nearby farm. The roosters had been there every day for years. Their call each morning, the same. But this time it hit Dan. There was greater depth and meaning behind their call.
It was a simple moment, yet one that Dan will forever remember. It was a call of hope. A declaration of the new day quickly arising. Darkness would not last much longer. The light was coming. That morning began a revolution of hope in Dan’s life.
Nine months later to the day, The Rooster Party gave birth to their first event. Creatives, musicians, artists, and designers came to share their work and be supported by this young community. That first event was able to raise money to help a family in the process of adoption.