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The board of directors for the National Museum of World War II Aviation has almost everything it needs: the land, some exhibits, an educational plan and concept drawings. Airplanes ready to go on display, and steel has been acquired to build a hangar that will serve as an education building. All it needs now is… Continue Reading World War II aviation museum nearly ready for takeoff

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COPPeR appoints McGrath as executive director

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Christina McGrath has been appointed executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. McGrath, who has lived in Colorado Springs for more than 20 years, has taken classes at both the Bemis School of Art and The Colorado Springs School, and now sits on the board of Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity.… Continue Reading COPPeR appoints McGrath as executive director

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WW II aviation museum wins $40,000 El Pomar grant

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The National Museum of World War II Aviation has received $40,000 in grants from the El Pomar Foundation and the Anna Keesling Ackerman Fund, which El Pomar Foundation oversees, for museum planning and design. The museum is planned to be built on 20 acres adjacent to a main runway at the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport… Continue Reading WW II aviation museum wins $40,000 El Pomar grant

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Married, middle aged, employed and living in a three-bedroom house, Shelly and Daryl Gottier never imagined they’d end up homeless — much less living along Monument Creek in a tent during winter. But that’s what happened. After a death in the family and losing their jobs in the midst of the economic downturn, they were… Continue Reading El Pomar serves up annual awards to local nonprofits

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Two local nonprofits to receive El Pomar awards

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Two local organizations will receive awards during the El Pomar Foundation’s Awards for Excellence presentation Tuesday. Both nonprofits – Homeward Pikes Peak and the Myron Stratton Consortium –  are finalists and guaranteed to receive $7,500. Thirty-three organizations in Colorado will receive awards. During the ceremony, Nov. 9 at The Broadmoor, the winners in 11 categories will… Continue Reading Two local nonprofits to receive El Pomar awards

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It’s hard to imagine what would become of the grandiose schemes of our city’s leaders without the beneficence of the El Pomar Foundation. When it became clear to foundation CEO Bill Hybl and the El Pomar board that Mayor Lionel Rivera could not raise the $1.5 million required to satisfy the requirements of phase one… Continue Reading Let’s not sully Colorado Springs’ true icons by including USOC

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El Pomar chips in $3 million to aid USOC deal

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El Pomar Foundation will make a $3 million grant to the city of Colorado Springs and the United States Olympic Committee to “satisfy the next phase of the agreement to keep the USOC in Colorado Springs.” Acknowledging the urgency surrounding the grant, El Pomar CEO Bill Hybl said that the entire $3 million would be… Continue Reading El Pomar chips in $3 million to aid USOC deal

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Local NFIB scholars named

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Among this year’s National Federation of Independent Business Young Entrepreneur Foundation scholarship winners in Colorado are seven local students. The YEF award winners are: • Jessica Hooker of Peyton, $1,000, Mitchell High School • Rebekah Hoover of Peyton, $1,000, Peyton High School El Pomar/YEF winners: • Justin Belanger of Colorado Springs, $2,000, Thomas P. Doherty High School… Continue Reading Local NFIB scholars named

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The deal

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The U.S. Olympic Committee/Olympic Training Center project cost was originally estimated at $53.5 million. The city’s share is about $27 million, to be financed by certificates of participation. The El Pomar Foundation will kick in $2 million, and the state economic development office has agreed to provide $500,000. LandCo Equity Partners LLC had reportedly secured… Continue Reading The deal

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