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  • AROUND TOWN: Conservatory/Library 21c areas named in honor of Peggy Shivers

    A chorus of "Shhhhh" was followed by quiet, and then an explosion of cheers as the elevator door at Colorado Springs Conservatory opened and beloved local personality Peggy Shivers stepped out. Looking out at a large gathering of friends, she was shocked and puzzled: "It's not my birthday?" (That was in June when she turned 75.) Somehow, the...

  • AROUND TOWN: Ronald McDonald Houses celebrate 40 years

    The first Ronald McDonald House opened 40 years ago in Philadelphia as a place where families of seriously ill children could stay close to the hospitals where their loved ones were being treated. Now there are 350 houses that have served 9 million families. The local house opened on Valentine's Day 1987 on Logan Avenue near Memorial Hospital....

  • AROUND TOWN: Newborn Hope champions newborn babies

    For decades, Newborn Hope has been the highly anticipated holiday-season-opening time to get friends together and "do lunch" for a heart-touching cause. In its 42nd year, the benefit to help premature babies and their families brought 800 celebrants to The Broadmoor on Nov. 20, where they raised $140,000. J.J. Kaelin and Yvonne Conrad were...

  • AROUND TOWN: Koats 4 Kids warms up 485 elementary students

    When cold weather hit this fall, 485 youngsters at Pinello Elementary School in Widefield School District 3 were warm and toasty in new coats. At the same time, $10,000 became available for scholarships for aspiring young musicians at the Colorado Springs Conservatory. Music and coats are the two parts of the 8-year-old Koats 4 Kids project....

  • AROUND TOWN: It could be a banner year for The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation's Empty Stocking Fund

    This is it. This is the year. "If there were going to be a year, this is it," Jerry Bruni, head of the Bruni Foundation, proclaimed during the kickoff celebration for The Gazette/El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund on Nov. 18 at Penrose House. Between Thanksgiving Day and Jan. 16, the goal of the 31st annual drive is $1 million raised for...

  • AROUND TOWN: Venus Williams scores with kids and Peak Vista fundraisers

    The 900 people who went to breakfast at The Broadmoor on Nov. 4 were all a bit starstruck. After all, their Breakfast of Champions guest, the keynote speaker, was tennis great Venus Williams. They quickly learned that she is a fun-loving, everyday person who was a delight as she rambled through her script and broke into huge smiles when she...

  • AROUND TOWN: Woman's Club focuses on education, community involvement

    Since 1902, members of The Woman's Club of Colorado Springs have focused on education and community involvement. Not only is their focus the same all these years later, it is increasing.

  • AROUND TOWN: The Home Front Cares 'For the Love of Our Troops X'

    Any community that gives welcome-home McDonald's Quarter Pounders to service members as they step off the planes from deployments is her kind of place. Author Lee Woodruff, a contributing reporter for "CBS This Morning," said this is simply one more thing that makes the Colorado Springs area and The Home Front Cares "the model for what each...

  • AROUND TOWN: March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

    Area chefs pulled out all the stops to help raise thousands of dollars for the March of Dimes and premature babies at the Oct. 9 Signature Chefs Auction at the Broadmoor International Center. Delicious food samples were at the ready and the chefs themselves became part of live-auction packages. The 14 chefs served more than 300 guests....

  • AROUND TOWN: Junior Achievement 60th anniversary honors Gary Atkins

    Gary Atkins received the Gary Backstrom Spirit of Achievement Award, the highest honor from the board of Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado.

  • AROUND TOWN: Celebrating 2014 Colorado Regional Business Alliance honorees

    It never gets old. Chuck Murphy has a permanent smile on his face as he attends event after event and takes home honor after honor. He has the UCCS Lifetime Entrepreneurship Award, Business Leader in the Arts, received awards for renovations of major local historic buildings, and on Nov. 1 was named the Colorado Springs Regional Business...

  • AROUND TOWN: Women's Resource Agency helps women find their hopes and dreams+

    Today she's a college professor. There was a time, however, when Regina Lewis was an unemployed single mom desperately seeking help. Another woman remembers coming to Colorado Springs as an unemployed single mom with no clue where to turn or who to turn to. Mary Lou Makepeace became Colorado Springs' first, and only, female mayor. Cecelia...

  • AROUND TOWN: Bill Medley of Righteous Brothers and WWII vets honored by USO

    Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers crooned "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" to an appreciative audience of honorees at front tables at the recent USO Freedom Dinner. Then Medley bent down and personally thanked those smiling World War II veterans. As Medley sang the romantic "Unchained Melody" from "Ghost," lovebirds Al and Joyce Horne held...

  • AROUND TOWN: Educational Big Brothers Big Sisters Bruncheon

    It's becoming a tradition. When the children head back to school after Labor Day, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado - Pikes Peak volunteers and board members play host to a Back to School Bruncheon. During an upscale social gathering in a private home, the work of BBBS is explained and the need for more one-to-one mentor relationships...

  • AROUND TOWN: They're the leaders: United Way's LIG (Leaders in Giving)

    they're leaders in the community. Many are leaders in business, others lead in churches and schools. Many have had leadership roles for years, even decades. Within Pikes Peak United Way, they're the elite LIG, the Leaders in Giving. On Sept. 17, more than 245 of these philanthropists were at the Garden of the Gods Club to celebrate a banner...

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