Several individuals and organizations were recognized for their community contributions during the annual Partners in Philanthropy luncheon. Joe Woodford Jr. was recognized as the 2000 Outstanding Individual Donor. Woodford matched employee United Way contributions dollar for dollar, endowed the Pikes Peak Minority Business Foundation with $50,000 through the Urban League, and pledged $50,000 to the World Arena and $10,000 to the Empty Stocking Fund.
<br> In the Outstanding Foundation category, El Pomar Foundation was the honoree. El Pomar granted more than $250 million to more than 1,500 nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado. Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) received the Outstanding Corporate Philanthropy Program – 250 Employees and Above. In the category of Outstanding Corporate Philanthropic Program – 250 Employees and Below, Griffis/Blessing was the recipient. Griffis/Blessing matches employee donations to nonprofits up to $500, and consistently contributes 10 percent of its net income to charity. Leslie Cook was honored as Outstanding Fund-raising Campaign Volunteer for 2000. Cook’s participation in training, volunteering, public speaking, recruiting and on-air talent has contributed to many successful campaigns for her favorite nonprofit organization.