Kudos! – August 17, 2012

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Care and Share CEO Telford honored as Accolades Business Leader of the Year

Lynne Telford, Care and Share president & CEO will be honored as this year’s Accolades Business Leader of the Year at ceremony Aug. 21 at The Mining Exchange.

Telford became a heroine during the Waldo Canyon fire by managing a critical element of emergency response to one of the most devastating forest fires in our state’s history. Less than 24 hours from the start of the disaster, she mobilized Care and Share’s volunteer collection efforts of food and other donations. Logging multiple 12 and 16-hour shifts alongside her staff and volunteers, she worked for 23 days straight to collect and distribute nearly 750,000 pounds of food to displaced evacuees and dedicated firefighters. This short-term feat represented nearly twice the organization’s annual volume. Before the disaster was fully contained, Care and Share had collected and processed over 1.5 million pounds of food to support the community.

PPLD’s Hastings awarded 2012 Heartland Emmy

Pikes Peak Library District multimedia producer Jamey Hastings was awarded a 2012 Heartland Emmy Award in the interstitial program category for her piece, “Colorado Springs Beat: The News Photography of Stan Payne.” The short documentary chronicles the work of Stan Payne, a Gazette Telegraph employee from 1947 to 1976, and was based on research by PPLD Special Collections assistant manager Dennis Daily. The Heartland Chapter Emmy Awards represent excellence in television and media production.

“This is a huge honor,” Hastings said. “There were a lot of great submissions and I’m so thrilled that our piece was chosen.”

Hastings’ film lasts 7:45 minutes and can be viewed on the library’s web channel, PPLD.TV.

C.S. Fire Department awarded $2 million SAFER grant

The Colorado Springs Fire Department has received a $2 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

“This is welcome news for the Colorado Springs Fire Department,” says Fire Chief Rich Brown. “The SAFER grant will go a long way in helping us keep our front-line staffing levels up and continue to provide the best possible fire and emergency service to the citizens of Colorado Springs.”

The SAFER grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter organizations to help them increase the number of trained, front line firefighters available in their communities.