A Walmart celebratory dinner Feb. 21 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort brought with it more than half a million dollars for Southern Colorado nonprofits. Grants came from the Walmart State Giving Program as well as from the area Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets.

Initiatives supported by the philanthropic program are in core focus areas: hunger relief and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment and career opportunity, said regional market manager Gary Peacock.

Recipients of grants from Walmart stores in their areas: Angels of America's Fallen, Christmas Unlimited, Colorado Mounted Rangers Troop B, Crossfire Ministries, Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, Falcon School District 49's Santa's Toy Express, Finding Our Voices, Fountain Fire Department, High Plains Helping Hands, Junior Achievement, Women Partnering, Woodland Park Police Department, Young Life Tri-Lakes, Silver Key Senior Services, Special Kids Special Families and Sweet Dreams Colorado.

Receiving grants from the state giving program: Care and Share Food Bank, Colorado Farm to Table, Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, Kids in Need of Dentistry, La Puente Home-San Luis Valley, Operation Homefront Rocky Mountains, Pikes Peak Community Action Agency, Project Angel Heart, Tri-Lakes Cares and Women's Resource Agency.