Area Walmarts were dinner hosts in February for a community celebration of more than $580,000 in philanthropic grants to nonprofits.
Market managers Jon Ball and Marc Skaggs welcomed recipients and store representatives to Cheyenne Mountain Resort where a sit-down meal, with music by the Colorado Springs Conservatory, preceded the presentations.
Receiving grants and the stores and neighborhood markets that had chosen them:
Mothers of Murdered Youth, $4,000 (Platte); Tri-Lakes Silver Alliance, $5,000 (Monument); Teller County Sheriff's Office "Shop With a Cop," $5,500 (Woodland Park); Able Dog, $6,000 (Venetucci); Dale House Project, $7,000 (Razorback); Angels of America's Fallen, $7,000 (Austin Bluffs); Partners in Housing, $7,000 (8th Street); Connections 4 Life Center, $10,000 (Fountain); Special Kids Special Families, $10,000 (South Academy); Safe Passage, $11,500 (Union); REACH Colorado Springs, $12,000 (Murray); Catholic Charities of Central Colorado, $19,500 (Palmer Park); Shield616, $20,000 (Falcon); Heart Association Heart and Stroke Walk, Wal-Mart's Volunteerism Always Pays, $5,000 (Woodmen), top Wal-Mart walkers, Stephanie Streeter and Holly Adams.
The Walmart State Giving Program grants:
Tri-Lakes Cares, $25,000; Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo County, $25,000; CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, $25,000; Women's Resource Agency, $25,000; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, $25,000; Westside Cares, $25,000; Posada (Pueblo), $25,000; Pueblo Cooperative Care Center, $25,000; La Puente Home Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley, $30,000; Project Angel Heart, $30,000; Colorado Springs Fire Department CARES, $35,000; Care and Share Food Bank, $50,000; Colorado Springs USO, $50,000; Colorado Farm to Table, Kay and Tony Madone Jr., Salida, $65,000.