At last night’s annual El Pomar Foundation’s Awards for Excellence ceremony, two local nonprofits received awards and one individual was honored.
Bob Holmes, executive director of Homeward Pikes Peak, was named co-recipient of the Shrine of the Sun Award, which is given to a nonprofit professional for having a profound and lasting impact on the nonprofit community.
“What specifically impressed us is that Bob has been a tireless champion of the underserved population for years,” said Peter Maiurro, director of Awards for Excellence for El Pomar.
“He’s been very effective in creating effective relationships throughout the community, in order to better serve the homeless population of the Pikes Peak region,” Maiurro said.
Holmes, who has a doctorate in education administration, has worked in public and private education, as a CEO or CFO for 28 years, in Indonesia, New York and Alaska.
In addition, Holmes’s organization, Homeward Pikes Peak, won the R.J. Montgomery Award for Excellence in the Human Services-Self Sufficiency category.
Also, The Myron Stratton Consortium was a finalist in the Henry McAllister Award for Excellence in the Special Projects category.
The Stratton consortium includes TESSA, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Early Connections Learning Centers, Partners in Housing, and the Myron Stratton Home. Mark Turk is executive director of Myron Stratton and the consortium.
El Pomar’s Maiurro said that both local organizations were chosen because of their focus on meeting the needs of people; their truly effective leadership; their collaborative efforts; and their sustainability in terms of programming and community impact.
“The Myron Stratton Consortium is a particularly unique effort because (five) nonprofits – that meet basic needs of clients – are all on one campus,” Maiurro said. “And they collaborate to meet the holistic needs of the clients they serve.”
As for Homeward Pikes Peak, the nonprofit won its category because, “They serve a particularly challenging population because they are transient,” he said. “They really seek to be on the ground in that they are interacting every day with homeless individuals and seeking to find creative solutions so these people can have a better situation.”
Denver’s Road Home received The Spencer and Julie Penrose Award for the year’s top nonprofit, which included a $50,000 prize.
El Pomar recognized 33 of Colorado’s top nonprofit organizations, handing out more than $400,000 in prizes in 11 categories, in addition to the Penrose winner. Finalists and winners were selected by a statewide panel of community leaders. Finalists received $7,500, and winners received $15,000.
Additionally, U.S. Bank of Colorado, which sponsors numerous community-outreach programs, received the Governor John A. Love Award.
Nearly 1,000 people attended the awards ceremony at The Broadmoor Hotel’s International Center.