Jerry and Pam Bruni spent several years daydreaming about and planning their three-story dream home on 2 mountain acres in the gated Broadmoor Resort Community, designing it as a roomy, warm and comfortable place for family, friends and special gatherings and fundraisers for nonprofits and groups they support, many through their Bruni Foundation. Areas are multi-purpose.
The inaugural party belonged to Partners in Housing, which invited donors and sponsors to the new "Home on the Hill" on Aug. 5 for a wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and music as they enjoyed spectacular, seemingly endless views of the horizon from multiple decks.
"Thank you for sharing your beautiful home to help families who don't have homes," said Partners Executive Director Mary Stegner.
Partners in Housing, with a 25-year history, is special to the Brunis, especially Pam, who has served two terms on the board and volunteers with them. Partners in Housing is also one of The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund partner agencies to which the Bruni Foundation provides matching funds.
As investment manager Jerry Bruni told guests, this nonprofit "is very effective performing God's work in providing housing. It is an effective organization."
Partners provides qualified homeless families with one-year transitional housing as it works with and mentors them to gain the life skills necessary to become self-sufficient. The newest project to provide permanent housing is a development of affordable homes in Fountain.
The hosts' love of books and art glowed throughout the home as the Brunis answered guests' questions, describing pieces and the artists and sculptors. Several of the most prominent works are Eugene Morelli sculptures capturing the majesty and flight of the big birds. Central to the floor-to-ceiling library is a "Fearless Falcon," a gyr, an integral part of Jerry's life story as an Air Force Academy graduate and AFA economics instructor.
A beautiful soaring eagle has his own niche as people descend a staircase. The bronze was completed before the house and lived for a year in Jerry's office.
Their home has turned them into quiet ornithologists, Pam admitted with a chuckle. From their decks they watch their regular visitors, red-tailed hawks, and a variety of unusual, brightly colored birds. "I grab my bird book," Pam said of their newest hobby.
Serving at the reception were Summit Catering, Sovereignty Wines and The Winery At Holy Cross Abbey.
Sponsors, many involved with the nonprofit's projects, were US Bank, Modern Woodmen, Diocese of Colorado Springs, Harris Group Realty, Ent Credit Union, Air Academy Federal Credit Union, ANB Bank, El Pomar Foundation, Griffis Blessing, HBA Cares, Lewis, Roca, Rothgerber, Christie LLP, Peoples Bank, Rocky Top Resources and Colorado Springs Style Magazine.
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