Celebrating 80 Years - “The Things You Learn from Sports,” 1990, The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation
The Colorado Springs Sports Corporation was created in 1978 to assist the United States Olympic Committee in its relocation to Colorado Springs. 40 years later, The Sports Corp continues to support amateur athletes from across the state, while managing events that draw visitors from around the world. One of these events, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, has a special connection to El Pomar Foundation and the Penrose legacy.
Pam Boyd, Vail Daily Eagle County's Nottingham family were the proud owners of a player piano, which is now on display at the Eagle County Historical Society Museum at Chambers Park in Eagle. "A $2,500 grant from El Pomar definitely kicked off the repair work," Eagle County Historical Society President Kathy Heicher said. The society hired a piano moving company, sent the instrument off to Denver and waited for word that the work was complete. This summer, the working Nottingham piano returned to Eagle County.
Mi Casa Resource Center was founded in 1976, when eight mothers living in West Denver came together to create a place for women who wanted more for themselves and their families. They sought a safe and supportive environment where women could complete their education and acquire new employment skills while their children received help and encouragement in school, and Mi Casa has operated to promote self-sufficiency, education, and employment skills ever since.
Organizations working to promote the health of Coloradans have been a focus of El Pomar grant making since the Foundation’s inception. Peak Vista Community Health Centers, which provides access to exceptional healthcare for underserved Coloradans in the Pikes Peak and East Central regions, has been a grantee since 1976.
Celebrating 80 Years - “A Home for the Boy Who Needs One,” 1987, Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up
At Griffith Centers for Children Chins Up, an organization formed by the 2002 merger of Chins Up Youth and Family Services and Griffith Centers for Children, a child can receive a variety of counseling and educational services, designed to help them to transition into healthy homes and adulthood.
With a legacy more than 100 years in the making, Sunny Vista strives to provide the older adult population of the Pikes Peak region with the best independent and assisted living services possible. From humble beginnings as a sanatorium, Sunny Vista now utilizes three unique and intertwined facilities to focus on every dimension of wellness for the senior population of Colorado Springs.
Figure skating has a long history in Colorado Springs dating back to Spencer Penrose’s construction of the Broadmoor Ice Palace in 1937 and the influence of skating on the Pikes Peak region expanded in 1979 when the U.S. Figure Skating Association moved its headquarters to the Broadmoor area. El Pomar Foundation has worked closely with U.S. Figure Skating since its relocation in support of its contributions to the city’s identity as a hub for amateur athletics.
In the midst of an economic slowdown in 1966, the town of Creede reached out to university students to help build a summer tourist attraction. Originally run by 19-year old Steve Grossman, the Creede Repertory Theatre has grown to become a nationally acclaimed theater in the San Luis Valley region of Colorado. The Theatre not only contributes to the town’s economy, but also actively engages community children to promote the value of the arts.
The United States Space Foundation was founded in 1983 and has since provided significant benefits to Colorado Springs and the national and international space communities. In particular, the Discovery Center and Space Symposium have brought significant tourism to the Pikes Peak region and the Foundation’s annual publication The Space Report is referenced widely in space-related policy making.
The current ball field in Hotchkiss is aged and requires students and players to cross a busy highway after school to attend practice. Grants from local and state funders will be used to build new, multi-sport fields.
The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region has provided support for the community since 1878 through youth sport camps, after-school classes, healthy living workshops, and a wide variety of other programs. Since its early days in London, the YMCA continues to make its programs accessible to all members of the community, regardless of socioeconomic status, through scholarships and financial assistance.
Since 1977, TESSA has provided safe housing, counseling, and advocacy support for victims of domestic abuse as well as education seminars for increased community awareness. In 1982, El Pomar helped fund the purchase of the organization’s confidential Safehouse, which continues to serve as a vital resource for women and children searching for a protected haven from dangerous partners.
Each year, El Pomar Foundation Fellows embark on a weeklong journey of leadership and self-discovery with Colorado Outward Bound, bonding through shared experiences while learning how to overcome challenges as a team. In addition to the relationships formed, Outward Bound taught me a lesson about self-awareness that I will carry through the Fellowship and beyond.
Established in 1976, Leadership Pikes Peak (LPP) has grown to become a premier organization for training strong leaders in the Colorado Springs community. Upon graduation from specialized programs and courses, LPP alumni serve on a variety of boards and commissions in the area. From its first grant in 1980, El Pomar has supported LPP through the competitive grant process, support from donor-endowed funds, and through scholarships via the Emerging Leaders Development program.