El Pomar honors nonprofits, awards $200k in grants

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El Pomar honored seven Colorado nonprofits this week, with $200,000 in grants for their work.

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, an Arvada-based conservation group, won the state’s outstanding nonprofit with the Julie and Spencer Penrose Award. The award includes a $50,000 cash prize.

Other award winners  —  each receiving $25,000 – were:

– Creede Repertory Theater won the William I. Howbert award for excellence in arts and culture.

– Tri-County Housing and Community Development Corp. won the H.Chase Stone award for excellence in civic and community issues. The organization is in Fowler.

– Cool Science of Colorado Springs won the Charles L. Tutt award for excellence in education.

– Colorado Water Trust of Denver won the Robert V. Menary award for excellence in environmental issues.

– The Colorado Children’s Healthcare Access Program of Aurora won the Joel A.H. Webb award for excellence in health.

– Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado of Colorado Springs won the R.J. Montgomery Award for Excellence in Human Service.

During the ceremony, three individuals were honored for their service to Colorado: Linda Childears of the Daniels Fund received the Ben S. Wendelken Special Trustees Award for contributions to the nonprofit sector.  Joe Blake, chancellor-emeritus of the Colorado State University System, was honored with the Russell Thayer Tutt award for exceptional leadership. Chuck Weilgus, executive director of USA Swimming, accepted an award for lifetime achievement in sport.

In total, the El Pomar Foundation granted $215,000 to the recipients, who 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 grant-making, recognize and encourage nonprofit leadership and reach out to the entire state of Colorado,” said El Pomar Chairman and CEO William J. Hybl. “The honorees this year are all dynamic, creative organizations and leaders that set the pace for nonprofit performance throughout the state.”