COLORADO SPRINGS — Spanish Peaks Community Foundation Chairman Art Bobian and Board Member Paulette Stuart were on hand at the Penrose House in Colorado Springs on December 17th to receive a $5,000 merit grant given by the El Pomar Foundation. These end of the year grants were awarded to 45 organizations in the area based on the work they do for community good. They are not grants which can be
requested but rather are suggested by El Pomar Trustees, and several special selection committees. This came as a total surprise the the local group. The request for the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation came thanks to the Honorable Dennis Maes, an El Pomar Trustee and former Walsenburg resident. (Retired) Judge Maes was on hand with Stuart and Bobian and was pleased with the work being done to bring new economic projects and programs to Huerfano County as well as creating an endowment fund to be used in the Huerfano County area for years to come. Bobian and Stuart hope that one day the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation will have a yearly impact on local non-profits as a way of thanking El Pomar Foundation for their belief now in our efforts. The El Pomar Foundation, which was begun in 1937 by Spencer and Julie Penrose, has had an impact on the entire state of Colorado and is a model for philanthropic planned giving.