El Pomar Foundation Recognizes and Awards Early Connections Learning Centers with a $30,000 Grant at its Annual Tree Lighting
El Pomar Foundation is pleased to recognize and award $30,000 to Early Connections Learning Centers, whose mission is to deliver comprehensive, high-quality, affordable early childhood care and education to children and families of limited means. The award was presented on December 2, 2020 at El Pomar Foundation’s annual Trustee Memorial Tree Lighting Ceremony, a unique program designed to recognize and reward an outstanding nonprofit organization in the Pikes Peak Region in honor of one of the Foundation’s Trustees.
George Guerrero, the Curator at the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, has held an impressive number of roles throughout his time at El Pomar Foundation. From supporting the Emerging Leadership Development Program to monitoring the chimes at the Shrine, George's breadth of experience has lead to valuable connections and some life lessons worth noting.
Assistant Curator Samantha Knoll tells the history of painter Randall Davey and sculptor Jo Davidson as they worked on the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun. Read more about their work and how El Pomar learned of their contributions.
Meg Shaver, the Penrose House Conference Manager, reflects on how the closure of Penrose House during the pandemic has not stifled the determination of those nonprofits who used this space to plan and are now addressing the many pressing needs present throughout Colorado.
El Pomar Foundation's curatorial staff visited the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, OK to learn more about the namesake of the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun and better develop their new exhibit that will delve into the lives of the Penroses as well as Rogers.
Across from The Broadmoor Hotel lies a hidden gem...the Penrose Heritage Museum.
Among the many artistically and historically significant pieces Spencer and Julie Penrose collected from their world travels is the impressive Chinese "Zhong" Bell. Currently displayed at the Penrose House, the bell reflects the Penroses' deep appreciation for culture and efforts to bring interesting and worldly pieces to Colorado Springs.
Many philanthropic foundations bear the names of their founders, so it may not be immediately obvious why the name “El Pomar” is associated with the Penrose legacy. The answer lies in the Penrose House, Spencer and Julie Penrose’s Colorado Springs home, which now serves as a free-of-charge meeting space and conference center for nonprofit agencies and government organizations.
Perhaps it was with foresight that Spencer Penrose installed secret doors behind the library’s north bookcases when he remodeled his new home in 1916.