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Celebrating 80 Years - 1944, Penrose House and the Meaning of 'El Pomar'

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.

by El Pomar Foundation, the Feb. 6, 2018, 7:54 a.m.

Celebrating 80 Years - The First Lady of Opera, 1940, Central City Opera House

While much of El Pomar’s giving was shaped by the vision, life and legacy of Spencer Penrose, the influence of his wife, Julie Villiers Lewis Penrose, cannot be understated. Mrs. Penrose directed the Foundation for 16 years following Spencer’s passing, and her philanthropic passion, devout Catholicism, and interest in arts and culture all helped shape the direction of the Foundation’s grant making. The Foundation's long history of giving to the Central City Opera House is one example of her legacy.

by El Pomar Foundation, the Jan. 23, 2018, 8:02 a.m.

Celebrating 80 Years - 1939, Penrose (Glockner) Hospital

On the north side of Colorado Springs’s Old North End is the 364-bed Penrose Hospital. Originally the Glockner Tuberculosis Sanatorium, it was founded in 1891, when Colorado Springs was seen as a medical destination for those suffering from the disease. The hospital has grown and evolved dramatically since its origins, but continues to provide high quality care in Colorado Springs.

by El Pomar Foundation, the Jan. 18, 2018, 11:43 a.m.

Life is Too Short

The two of us were in our last semester of college and our conversation left me thinking about what a truly purposeful life might look like. How can I pursue this “purposeful life” post-graduation to avoid my fear of accepting monotonous jobs meant only to pay off student loans? I was suddenly asking myself a question this inexperienced 22 year old wasn’t ready to answer.

by Hillary Stefanec, the July 5, 2017, 8:35 a.m.

Through the Curator’s Eyes: The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

El Pomar Foundation wouldn’t just pick anyone to be curator of the Penrose Heritage Museum. The ideal curator would have a vast and personal knowledge of both the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Spencer and the Penrose’s extensive collection. Having only missed a handful of races in the past 45 years, Jason Campbell, curator of the Penrose Heritage Museum, isn’t just anyone.

by Jacob Guilez, the June 23, 2017, 2:34 p.m.

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