BLACK HAWK — Five outstanding nonprofit organizations and a number of individuals throughout the state of Colorado, including Vail local Harry Frampton, were honored earlier this week during the El Pomar Foundation’s Awards for Excellence presentation ceremony in Black Hawk.
Atlas Preparatory School, a Colorado Springs charter school that ensures all students, regardless of circumstance, will experience the academic preparation, character development and ongoing support necessary to graduate college, was honored as the state’s outstanding nonprofit with the Julie and Spencer Penrose Award. In celebration of El Pomar Foundation’s 75th anniversary, The Penrose Award includes a $75,000 grant.
Located in Harrison School District Two, Atlas Prep ensures all children in Colorado Springs experience a lifelong pursuit of self-fulfillment through education, character and community.
“Atlas Prep is thrilled to be recognized by El Pomar Foundation,” said Zachary McComsey, founder, executive director and principal. “At Atlas Prep, we are intent on working to close the achievement gap in Colorado Springs. We know all students have the capacity to achieve and succeed in life, regardless of their background, and they can do so if they are prepared for a college education. Atlas Prep is honored to receive the Penrose Award, and as a result, we will be able to serve more students. Our plan is to continue to grow beyond our current fifth through ninth grades, adding a grade a year until Atlas Prep serves students throughout their high school career.”
Awards for Excellence
In addition, the 2013 Awards for Excellence winners include the following organizations. Each received a $25,000 prize:
Hippodrome Arts Center (Julesburg) — El Pomar Foundation Award for Excellence in Arts and Education
Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (Del Norte) — El Pomar Foundation Award for Excellence in Civic and Community Issues
Summit County Care Clinic (Frisco) — El Pomar Foundation Award for Excellence in Health and Recreation
Intercambio (Boulder) — El Pomar Foundation Award for Excellence in Human Services
During the ceremony, four individuals were honored for their service to Colorado. Harry Frampton, chairman of the Vail Valley Foundation and president and managing partner of East West Partners, received the Ben S. Wendelken Special Trustees Award for his spirit of service, giving and commitment to the community. Sue Anschutz-Rodgers, chair, president and trustee for Anschutz Family Foundation, was honored with the Russell Thayer Tutt Award for exceptional leadership in the nonprofit sector. Dr. Evie Dennis, a member of the USA Track and Field board of directors, and Scott Blackmun, chief executive officer of the United States Olympic Committee, both accepted awards for Lifetime Achievement in Sport.
In total, El Pomar Foundation granted $175,000 to the Awards for Excellence recipients, which were selected by a statewide panel of community leaders.
“Awards for Excellence is El Pomar’s signature program as it combines our goals to enhance grantmaking, recognize and encourage nonprofit leadership and reach out to the entire state of Colorado,” said El Pomar Chairman and CEO William J. Hybl.
Awards for Excellence annually recognizes the state’s highest performing nonprofit organizations. Since its inception in 1989, the program has awarded more than $5 million in grants to more than 400 nonprofit organizations throughout the state.
For more information about Awards for Excellence and El Pomar Foundation, contact Lori Bellingham at 719-331-6443 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
El Pomar Foundation, based in Colorado Springs, is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in the Rocky Mountain West. El Pomar contributes approximately $20 million annually through grants and programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives. Spencer and Julie Penrose established El Pomar in 1937.