The difference between ‘charity’ and ‘philanthropy’ is often defined by what each seeks to address.

Charity organizations, some say, aid or protect people, animals, and natural habitats affected by disaster, injury, disease, abuse, and a multitude of other hardships. Philanthropic groups, some believe, focus on the prevention of these issues by creating infrastructure, preventative medicine, educational and cultural programs, and protective habitats, among other things.  At Vesta, Steuben’s, and Ace, we have been given the opportunity to contribute to ‘charitable’ and ‘philanthropic’ organizations alike, including those listed below. Through contributions to hundreds of groups, we have earned National Philanthropy Day recognition for ‘Outstanding Small Business’ as well as the Colorado Restaurant Association’s ‘Outstanding Professional’ and ‘Restaurant Neighbor’ awards.

While we enjoy the ability to give to so many different groups, we have found one area of work that may create both charitable and philanthropic solutions at the same time, and that is by working to benefit our youth. By helping youth overcome adverse situations we can build opportunities for these bright, young children to become impactful members of our community – to become citizens with the potential to solve the problems they face today and the issues we’ll face tomorrow.  This potential to create change led our company to partner with two great organizations, Urban Peak and Denver Housing Authority. With very different approaches, both organizations seek to provide our youth with safe, warm homes to lead healthier, more productive lives. Both Steuben’s and Ace Eat Serve work with Denver Housing Authority - Steuben’s annual Toy Drive benefiting DHA being one of our premier events of the year. Vesta Dipping Grill has worked with Urban Peak for over 10 years, helping raise over $250,000 for the organization since our relationship began. It is this work with Urban Peak that earned owners Josh and Jen Wolkon ‘Business Honoree’ recognition at the 2014 Maverick Thinkers Gala, typically Urban Peak’s highest yielding fundraiser of the year. (Learn more about Urban Peak here and Denver Housing Authority here.)

But, the Wolkon’s certainly could not have achieved all of this alone. The staff at each restaurant has embraced the company's mission to give back to the community by donating their own time, talents, and even tips to make these events successful.  They remain committed to creating fun and unique in-house events that are often affordable for their peers and a younger generation of philanthropists, opening their eyes to how joyful and easy it is to give back. We are fortunate and grateful that our staff enables us to utilize our venues, skills, and resources in such meaningful ways.


2015 Recipients

Urban Peak – Plates for the Peak @ Vesta
Youth Culinary Academy - Wings & Whiskey @ Ace
DHA-Assisted Families - Steuben’s Toy Drive
Make A Wish Foundation – Mustache Festival @ Vesta
Denver Film Society- Film on the Rocks
Project Angel Heart - Dining Out For Life


Ability Connect Colorado
African Community Cntr.
Amer. Water Works Assn.
Arapahoe Community College
Art from Ashes
Arvada Hockey Assn.
Attention Homes
Bannock Youth Center
Beacon Day Country School
Bella Boutique
Bikers Against Bullies
Bridge Project
Brown Elem.
Cash Scanlon Phillips Fndtn.
Castle Marne Veteran's Giveaway
Chefs Out Front
Chelsea Hutchison Fndtn.
Children's Diabetes Fndtn.
Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Museum of Denver
Children's Tumor Fndtn.
Colorado Academy
Colorado Combined Campaign
Colorado Rapids Youth Soccer
Colorado Rocky Mountain School
Colorado Symphony
Colorado Young Leaders
Community Resources Inc.
Congregation Beth Evergreen
Connect Us
Cottonwood Institute
Craig Chamber of Commerce
Curious Theater
Denver Children's Home
Denver City Council
Denver Firefighters Relief Fund
Denver Health Fndtn.
Denver Public Schools
Denver School of the Arts
Denver Urban Gardens
Denver Urban Ministries
Denver Urban Scholars

Denver Zoo
Douglas/Elbert Task Force
Dumb Friends League
East H.S. Choir
Edison Elem.
Eye Tumor Research Fndtn.
Firefly Autism
Food For Hope
Free Horizon Montesorri
Friends of Denver FD Fndtn.
Gateway Battered Women's Serv.
Golfers Against Cancer
Greenhouse Scholars
Hannah's Socks
Imagination Library
Int'l Special Events Society
Invest in Kids
James Beard Fndtn.
James L. Quint Memorial
JCC Boulder
JCC Denver
JCC South
Jeffco Public Schools
Kroenke Sports Charities
La Clinica Tepeyac
LGBT Community Center
Lodo District
Longmont Humane Society
Lookout Mountain Fire Dept
Lotus School
March of Dimes
Meals on Wheels
Mental Health America
Merrill Elem.
Microbrews for Microfinance
Mile High Youth Corps
Mission Wear
Montclair Int'l School
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Museum of Nature and Science

Native American's Rights Fund
New Genesis
Open Media Foundation
Open World Learning
Operation Walk
Park Hill Children's Center
Park Hill Elem.
Parkinson's Association
Playing For Change
Pulmonary Fibrosis Fndtn
Qualistar Colorado
R.M. Adventist Healthcare Fndtn
R.M. Children's Law Center
R.M. Down Syndrome Assn
Reading Partners
Sabin Elem.
SafeHouse Denver
Sarah DeVito Fund
Savio House
Senior Support Services
Shelton Elem.
Soup for the Soul
St Joseph's Hospital NICU
St Judes Childrens Hosp.
Stanley British Primary
Stout St. Fndtn.
Taste of Broncos
Team For Kids
The Joshua School
The Odyssey School
Towards Justice
Toys for Tots
United Way
University Park Elem.
Valdez Elem.
Warren Village
Wayfaring Band
Wings of Hope PCR
Women's Bean Project
Women's Fndtn. CO.


Charitable contribution requests can be submitted here.