Empty Stocking Fund
In 1984, The Gazette established the Empty Stocking Fund with the ultimate goal of filling empty stockings with Christmas toys, clothing, and other items for families in need during the holiday season. The Gazette raised over $40,000, in cash and goods, which assisted a total of 27 families in need, and in 1985, launched the first official campaign, assisting 36 families.
Since 1997, The Gazette and El Pomar Foundation have partnered in raising money for the Empty Stocking Fund. El Pomar matches $1 for every $3 raised, up to $200,000. In 2000, the Bruni Foundation joined the partnership, matching $1 for every $10 raised, up to $70,000. All of the administration fees of the Fund are covered, meaning 100% of the funds raised go directly to the Fund to support those in need.
While no longer filling stockings, the 35th annual Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund provides resources for 20 local health and human service agencies in the Pikes Peak region. Each agency uniquely assists individuals and families in times of crisis with the intent to help them attain self-sufficiency. Over the past eight years, the fund has raised over $1 million dollars annually, with nearly $20 million raised since the Fund’s inception.