Empty Stocking Fund
2015-2016 Empty Stocking Fund Campaign
Together we raised $1.14 million in the 2015-2016 campaign! Thank you for your generosity. We're looking forward to another year of impact and service.
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 32nd 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 $16 million raised since the Fund’s inception.