How it all began…
On February 11th, 2011 Dan Lance 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. And in the lives of many others.
The Rooster Party
Just a few weeks later, Dan had a dream. After scribbling down notes of what this vision could become, he told his wife Alyssa, “I know what I’m going to do for the rest of my life.” Nine months later to the day, The Rooster Party gave birth to their first event. Hundreds of people came to that first Rooster party. Creatives, musicians, artists, and designers. They came to share their work and be supported by this young community. A community that continues to grow to this day.
The Rooster Party is a community of creatives that believes in people and desperately wants the world to experience hope. We have started two restaurants in Longmont CO that are committed to giving 10% of their profits to helping families in the process of adoption.
We have a lot of work to do. The resounding message coming from our culture is to give up, and to give into despair. But if you listen closely you can hear the growing sound of people everywhere, screaming into the darkness that THERE IS HOPE.