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 over 130 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.


Urban Peak

Denver Film Society

March of Dimes

Share our Strength


Adam's Camp

American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

American Planning Association

Anchor Center for Blind Children

Art From Ashes

Arupe Jesuit High School

Avenue Theater

Bienvenidos Food Bank

Bill Roberts Elementary

Book Trust

Boulder County AIDS Project

Boulder Jewish Community Center

Boulder Rural Fire Department

Bromwell School

Brunch With A Purpose

Bundtport Theatre

Canine Partners of the Rockies

Cash Scanlon Phillips Foundation

Castle Marne Veterans Day Program

CeDAR Center for Dependancy, Addiciton and Rehabilitation


Chad A. Holbrook Memorial Golf Tournament

Chanda Plan Foundation

Chefs Out Front

Cherry Creek Schools

Cherry Hills Village Elementary PTCO

Children's Hospital Colorado

Chris Haney Memorial Fund



Colorado Academy Horizons Program

Colorado Cardinals

Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition

Colorado Creativing Giving

Colorado Outward Bound School

Colorado Rocky Mountain School

Colorado Trout Unlimited

Community Sailing of Colorado

Concerts For Kids

Corky Cares Foundation

Cottonwood Creek Elementary School

Cottonwood Institute

Craig Hospital

Dani's Foundation

Delores Project

Denver Art Museum

Denver Children's Museum

Denver Dumb Friends League

Denver Firefighters Orphans Fund

Denver Health

Denver Highlanders

Denver Kids Inc.

Denver Language School

Denver Montclair International School

Denver Press Club

Denver Rescue Mission

Denver Scholarship Foundation

DU College of Law Public Interest Group

Eagle Eye Lacrosse


Denver Housing Authority & The

Youth Culinary Academy

Make A Wish Foundation

Denver Zoo

Brent’s Place


Eating Disorder Foundation

Edison Elementary

Evergreen Middle School

First Tee of Denver

Food Bank of the Rockies

Foothills Academy

Greenhouse Scholars

Habitat for Humanity

I Heart Cruisers

Integrated Health Denver

Invest in Kids

Jamie Carr Memorial Scholarship Foundation

Kent Denver School Breakthrough Program

Lincoln Elementary

Makeover's for Mercy

Meals on Wheels

Metropolitan State College of Denver

Mile High Downs Syndrome Association

Mission Wear


National Jewish Health


Open Media Foundation

Open World Learning

Pap Corps

Park Hill School

Penny Parker Open


Project Angel Heart

PS 1 Charter School

Qualistar Colorado

Ralston Elementary


Ricks Center for Gifted Children

Rocky Mountain Center for Expeditionary Learning

Rocky Mountain Human Services

Rotary Club of Denver

Safe House

SAVA Center

Sense of Security

Sewall Early Childhood Development

Soup For The Soul

Sprout City Farms

St. Jude Children's Hospital

Susan G Komen Foundation


The Connection

The Gathering Place

Timberline Learning Center

Visit Denver


Warder Elementary

Weidenfeld Family

Work Options for Women


Wyatt Academy

Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation - Project Pink Gala

 Charitable contribution requests can be submitted here.