The Northern Colorado Community hosted their “Ordinary Extraordinary People Awards” on October 1st at Fireside Cafe and Catering in Loveland. Honorees kindly accepted their title as an ordinary extraordinary person in the NOCO Community. The honorees include three men and three women who give back to the local community here in Northern Colorado.

Men Honorees in alphabetical order:

Brad Hoopes Brad Hoopes has honored Northern Colorado Veterans for many years through several nonprofit organizations such as Honor Flight, Pam Vets, and Veterans Plaza. He has video recorded veterans and turn those videos into DVDs.

Franklin Taggart Franklin Taggart, is a consultant at the Loveland SBDC. He meets with businesses and his generosity immediately struck us. He takes details notes and really listens. Franklin has an incredible ability to help people see their deeper and wider impact.

Jason Brabson Jason Brabson, is a man who constantly gives to his community in immeasurable ways. His company is Heart & Soul Paratransit and this big-hearted company arranges transportation for kidney dialysis patients who need a ride, older folks going to the doctor or hospital.


Women Honorees in Alphabetical Order:

Carrie Thompson Carrie Thompson and her family’s business, Business Equipment Sales & Service, has had an amazing impact on the community since 1976. She has also helped or volunteered with 137 Homeless Connection, Loveland Youth Gardeners, Loveland House Assisted Living, Realities for Children, and mentoring youth.

Kristin Watts Kristin Watts started a nonprofit called Project 31:25 three years ago after her personal experience with domestic violence. Kristin has single-handedly created a safety net of service oriented companies and individuals to help victims of domestic violence chart a way out.

Mary Elizabeth Lenahan Mary Elizabeth Lenahan formed over 30 years ago Dance Express. This was started to express the love of a sister and honoring the spirit of her special-needs sibling. Mary Elizabeth has enriched the lives of hundreds of young adults with or without disabilities through showing them their unique beauty through dance.

Ann Baron & Jason Brabson

Thank you to the evening sponsors:

Platinum Level Sponsor: Inside Health

Photography Sponsor: Blue Federal Credit Union

Goodie Bag Sponsor: LoCo Think Tank

Bronze sponsors: Eric Weedin, Verdant Table, Huxley Consulting LLC, Beyond Accounting

Copper Sponsor: Business Equipment Sales & Service

Beverage Sponsor: Wilburs Total Beverage

Plaque Sponsor: Kavalis Jewelry

For more information please contact Ann Baron at

This event is brought to you by Northern Colorado Community.