Urban Peak Colorado Springs gave its Pathmaker Award to Colorado Springs City Councilwoman Jan Martin.
Past recipients Juliet Draper and Pam Jones called her 'a champion, a heavyweight champion. '
Board President Pat Rigdon said Martin represents all parts of the community, even those without a voice. For example, he said, she's the person a leadership group turned to for help getting a zoning variance when they built a bike shed for the homeless youths at Urban Peak.
The honoree, for whom awards and accolades could become almost routine, turned it back on the audience at 'Building Futures, Building Lives, ' the nonprofit's comedy night fundraiser at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center starring Chris Voth of 'Last Comic Standing. '
Martin encouraged everyone to 'give back just something of what we've received. ' During a tour of The Place, Urban Peak's shelter, she had been asked about city internships by a young man who confided he had been kicked out of his family because he is gay.
'As difficult as his life was, he wanted to give back, ' she said. All that people like this young man need is someone to believe in them, she said.
'Get involved, ' she encouraged the audience.
'Give them a chance. '
In absolute agreement were the Board of Directors: Todd Karl; Stella Chan; Sean Holveck, the evening's auctioneer; Brett Britton; Bob Cadogan; Kim Easton; Michael Johnson; Jesse Mortensen; Patricia Nixon; Emily Orbanek; Matt Payne, and Mandy Strasser.
Coming up: Community Breakfast, July 25. Fill the (Bike) Shed, Oct. 25.
LINDA NAVARRO, THE GAZETTE