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Mile High Morning: Dalton Risner helping students recover from effects of Marshall Fire


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As Colorado communities recover from the impact of the fires that spread so rapidly in Boulder County from Dec. 30 through Jan. 1, Broncos lineman Dalton Risner is adding to the efforts.

As the Longmont Times-Call's Kelsey Hammon reported Saturday, Risner announced a $5,000 contribution to Monarch High School during a high-school basketball game.

"Sitting in the bleachers at the Monarch High School gym Saturday, Risner shook hands with students and posed for photos at the Saturday basketball game, before presenting a giant check for $5,000 to the high school," Hammon wrote. "The funds will help the high school's athletic department provide program support to students impacted by the Marshall Fire."

As part of the athletic department fund, Risner's donation will help provide equipment, money to cover fees or other assistance, depending on what students affected by the fire need. Hammon reported that Risner raised the money by auctioning off equipment worn by Broncos players.

"Being able to have someone like Dalton Risner use his philanthropic actions to support our community's needs is pretty special and pretty phenomenal," Monarch principal Neil Anderson told Hammon. "He was able to get the other linemen on the Denver Broncos to also support this effort through the auctioning of their jerseys. With him being able to be here today, seeing that come together through his foundation and other partners on the Denver Broncos — it's really special."

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