#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.
The loss of a first responder in the line of duty is a tragedy that can strike any community at any time. While these events cause heartbreak and anguish, they also demonstrate the resilience and strength within a community through the immediate support of the families of our fallen heroes. This is the primary mission of The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs.
Grantee Spotlight: Hundred Club of Colorado Springs
The initial concept for The Hundred Club was created in 1952, following the fatal shooting of a young Detroit Police Officer. A friend of the Police Commissioner and owner of the largest Pontiac dealer in the nation, William M. Packer, took immediate action. Packer wrote to one hundred of his friends, requesting each of them to donate to a fund supporting the family of the fallen officer. The response was greater than Packer could have imagined, with all hundred individuals donating to the fund. The legacy of the first Hundred Club continues to this day, with clubs supporting families of fallen first responders nationwide.
The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1994, with a mission to offer financial assistance to the surviving spouses and families of law enforcement officers and firefighters from the El Paso County community who lose their lives in the performance of their duties, through immediate and direct cash payments to meet the immediate needs at the time of crisis. The club aims to demonstrate community care by providing a sense of security to the spouses and family members of first responders. The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs provides financial assistance directly from the annual membership dues paid by its members. They hope they will never need to write another check, but when that tragic day occurs, The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs will be there for those families immediately.
El Pomar has provided a number of grants to The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs since its inception, with the most significant grant of $250,000 in support for families of public safety officers in 2001. The Foundation is honored to support the mission of The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs and to stand by the families of our fallen first responders in the Colorado Springs community.
If you are interested in learning more about The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs or becoming a member, please visit https://www.hundredclubcs.org.
El Pomar in 2001:
The Foundation made 315 grants totaling $14.8 million in 2001. Notable grants included $2.5 million to the City of Colorado Springs for the Confluence Park project, $750,000 in capital support for the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region, $295,000 to support the Chancellor’s Leadership Class at UCCS via the Colorado Leadership Alliance, and $250,000 to the Bonfils Blood Center Foundation to assist in providing relief to victims of 9/11. The continued development of EPYCS, the Karl. E Eitel Fund, and Awards for Excellence also insured a diverse array of grants across the state.
Spotlight by Kyle Boyle
Images courtesy of Hundred Club of Colorado Springs