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Blue Ocean Enterprises and the Richardson Foundation to Co-Sponsor City’s 4th of July Celebration

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The City of Fort Collins announced today that the 4th of July community celebration has new co-sponsors. Blue Ocean Enterprises (“Blue Ocean”) and the Richardson Foundation will sponsor the City’s highly anticipated 2014 4th of July celebration. Blue Ocean and the Richardson Foundation’s generous contribution will help fund the City’s 4th of July community events, including a morning parade that stretches from City Park to Old Town along Mountain Avenue, afternoon and evening musical performances, and a traditional fireworks display over Sheldon Lake at City Park.

The City of Fort Collins looks forward to partnering with Blue Ocean and the Richardson Foundation. Marty Heffernan, Executive Director of Community Services appreciates the generous contribution made by Blue Ocean and the Richardson Foundation.

“Blue Ocean and the Richardson Foundation understand that these types of special events play a significant role in our community. When we bring people together in a positive and safe environment, they can truly celebrate and enjoy this great community.” said Heffernan.

Blue Ocean and the Richardson Foundation both believe that this sponsorship opportunity aligns with their community-based values and priorities. Both organizations were founded and operate in Fort Collins and understand the importance of supporting community events like the 4th of July.

“We’re pleased to partner with the City to celebrate the Fourth of July with families throughout our community,” said Jim Parke, President and CEO of Blue Ocean.

Curt and Nancy Richardson of the Richardson Foundation recognized this partnership as a unique and timely opportunity to make an impact on the local community.

“The July 4th events organized by the City of Fort Collins are family-oriented and promote fun for all ages,” said Nancy Richardson, Co-Founder of the Richardson Foundation. “We’re delighted to co-sponsor one of the highlights of summer in our community.”

The 4th of July 2014 celebration will start with a traditional parade at 10:00 AM. The parade will travel east on Mountain Avenue, beginning at Jackson Avenue and ending at Howes Street. The parade will feature the City’s “150 Years of Fort Collins” birthday celebration. Entries into the parade are currently being accepted. Visit for more information or to enter your organization into the parade. In the evening, the celebration continues at City Park with live music and fireworks. At 4:15 PM, the Colorado Swing Band takes the stage, followed by Manabi Salsa Band at 6:15 PM and the Fort Collins Symphony at 8:15 PM. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:35 PM, depending on wind and weather conditions. For more information, please visit

About Blue Ocean
Headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., Blue Ocean Enterprises was established in 2011 by OtterBox Founder and Chairman Curt Richardson and his wife, Nancy Richardson, to provide business mentoring, accounting, legal, information technology, real estate, and human relations services to its affiliated companies.

Blue Ocean Holdings LLC was established in 2011 by the Richardsons as an investment management company that commits capital to promising businesses and strategically invests in commercial real estate. Blue Ocean Holdings currently invests in numerous Fort Collins-area businesses and owns more than 626,000 square feet of commercial property. Visit for more information.

About the Richardson Foundation
The Richardson Foundation was established in 2013 by Curt and Nancy Richardson to make a significant community impact, inspire change, and improve lives through outreach programs that support youth and education.