On Friday, August 26, 2022, just hours before the first pitch at the Vibes Baseball Family Night event in Colorado Springs, Save the Storks was informed by the Assistant General Manager of the Vibes that the team would no longer allow Save the Storks to sponsor and participate in the Family Night event. We have been transparent about these events every step of the way.
Here is the timeline of events:
- Approximately six months ago, the Rocky Mountain Vibes reached out to Save the Storks inviting us to be part of their Family Night as a sponsor. When the agreement was made, Save the Storks worked tirelessly to create a memorable event, and promoted the event heavily in Colorado, with roughly $10,000 spent on promotions and other preparation costs for the event. 3,000 tickets were already sold prior to the game with the help of these promotions.
- Three days prior to the event, on August 23rd, Vibes’ management reached out to Save the Storks asking us to modify the script of our presentation. We addressed and accommodated their multiple requests. The Vibes’ representative also confirmed everything was approved the day before the event.
- On the day of the event, and just hours before the game (at approximately 10:35 am MT), Save the Storks was notified by phone and in writing by this same Vibes representative that their decision to cancel was primarily due to the opposition expressed by select sponsors, including the team’s “largest sponsor,” as a reason for the last-minute cancellation.
- Save the Storks then communicated the information provided to us from Vibes’ management to the public via a press release and social media post informing our community that Family Night was cancelled.
- A few hours later, Vibes management released a public statement that conflicted with what had previously been communicated to Save the Storks. In that statement, Vibes claimed that the decision to cancel Save the Storks was made internally “after seeing the proposed assets [(scripts, videos, booth, Stork Bus)] from [Save the Storks] because they felt that [Save the Storks] would hinder the team’s mission in providing fun and affordable entertainment.” A Matt and Bowen Hammitt concert was scheduled for after the game and fireworks show, but upon clarifying whether they were still set to perform, the representative informed us that they would no longer be permitted to perform.
Save the Storks is committed to providing accurate information and transparency to everyone, especially when a large percentage of the Vibes game ticket sales was from supporters looking forward to the family-friendly program and concert Save the Storks had put together for that evening.
The last-minute cancellation is a growing part of the national “cancel culture” movement we see where people with differing opinions seek to suppress those with whom they disagree. Even though the team’s management refunded all the tickets purchased by Storks’ supporters, the fact that this happened in the predominantly faith-based community of Colorado Spring is gravely concerning and sends a bad message to the citizens.
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This wasn’t just the cancellation of a Family Night, but a cancellation of groups, organizations, and communities that are pro-life, pro-family, and – importantly – pro-woman. Save the Storks exists to create stories of hope and empowerment through love, compassion, and truth; we are saddened that we were not able to do that here in our home town.