Kudos! – April 5, 2013

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FirstBank donated $4.6 million to Colorado nonprofits in 2012

FirstBank Holding Company, the Lakewood-based holding company for the locally owned banking organization, contributed more than $4.6 million to more than 1,000 nonprofits across the state.

FirstBank has donated more than $40 million to area nonprofits since 2000, making it among the five most charitable corporations in the state by annual cash donations, according to the most recent Denver Business Journal Giving Guide.

Rusinak Real Estate recognized for outstanding achievement

Rusinak Real Estate was the recipient of several Leading Real Estate Companies of the World Member Achievement Awards. Rusinak Real Estate received the 2012 Awards of Excellence for Outgoing Referral Production, Excellence for Outgoing Sales Production, Excellence for Incoming Conversion Rate, and Excellence for Equivalent Closing Sales Production for their company-size category.

Rusinak Real Estate also was the recipient of the 2012 Crown of Excellence, sweeping all five achievement awards for their category of brokerages in the network.

Wells Fargo invested $4.3 million in state nonprofits last year

Wells Fargo & Company invested $4.3 million in 1,200 nonprofits in Colorado in 2012, totaling nearly $12,000 in daily giving to local nonprofit organizations. In addition, Wells Fargo team members contributed more than $1.3 million and 28,000 volunteer hours to help their neighborhoods and communities succeed.

Wells Fargo contributed $100,000 to the American Red Cross and enabled customers to quickly and easily make a donation through more than 265 ATMs across the state for wildfire victims. Wells Fargo team members also volunteered at shelters in several impacted communities.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awards equipment to CSFD

Local firefighters, Firehouse Subs franchisee Marty Rossing, area representatives Gary Gonzalez and Bruce Gerstein, and Firehouse Subs executives were on hand in March at Firehouse Subs restaurant, 7543 N. Academy Blvd., to donate 325 brush shirts worth more than $19,900.

In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first-responders and public-safety entities. Through the nonprofit organization, Firehouse Subs has given $5.7 million to hometown heroes in 36 states and Puerto Rico, including more than $66,800 in Colorado.

Each restaurant recycles leftover, five-gallon pickle buckets and sells them to guests for $2. Donation canisters on register counters explain the nonprofit’s mission and collect spare change, while the Round Up Program allows guests to “round up” their bill to the nearest dollar. All funds raised benefit the foundation.

RE/MAX Properties celebrates 2012 accomplishments

RE/MAX Properties, Inc. held their annual awards breakfast in February, when 23 broker associates qualified for Quality Service Certification Platinum and Gold awards, which recognize those who have a 4.7 (out of 5) or greater customer-satisfaction rating. Awards based on sales volume were also distributed from RE/MAX International and RE/MAX Properties, Inc.

RE/MAX Properties, Inc. received the “Total Volume Achievement” award from RE/MAX LLC, which was presented to Joe Clement, broker owner.

100 percent pass rates for PPCC nursing, law enforcement students entering workforce

Pikes Peak Community College’s Nursing Program and Law Enforcement Academy have both scored 100 percent passage rates on their respective 2012 state exams.

PPCC’s Nursing Program has 85 students taking the exam. PPCC’s pass rates have been rising for the past 12 years, and this is the first official 100 percent pass rate for the college. The exam, the National Council Licensure Examination, is administered by the Colorado State Board of Nursing.