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  • AROUND TOWN: West Point Founders Day celebrated with superintendent

    If it's March, it's celebration time worldwide for West Point grads. The Military Academy at West Point was established by President Thomas Jefferson on March 16, 1802, and during the month the 140 West Point Alumni Societies honor Founders Day with a variety of get-togethers. The West Point Society of the Pikes Peak Region, winner of...

  • AROUND TOWN: Fun on the Safe Passage Boardwalk helps victimized children

    Shades of New Jersey, walking the Boardwalk, playing carnival games, winning kitschy little prizes. This was the Boardwalk Safe Passage style, circa the 1930s, down the hallways and in the ballroom at the Marriott Hotel on March 7. In true Safe Passage fundraiser gala fashion, the 20th annual event to benefit the nonprofit providing...

  • AROUND TOWN: Marvin Strait roasted by community leaders

    The annual Cheyenne Village fundraising roasts are hilariously infamous for ripping into some of this city's well-known characters, leaving nothing sacred or unsaid. Previous roastees were known for letting non-PC jabs roll off their broad shoulders as they raised money for the nonprofit that helps those with developmental disabilities learn...

  • AROUND TOWN: Lively St. Patrick's Day Gala benefits Catholic Charities

    Shamrocks and lucky gold coins, elves and leprechauns, twinkling buttons and emerald ties. Once again, it was a green-beer St. Patrick's Day Gala at its liveliest and most colorful. The 14th annual fundraiser benefiting the community programs of Catholic Charities of Central Colorado drew almost 470 people to the DoubleTree Hotel...

  • AROUND TOWN: Imagination Library brings books to area children's mailboxes

    "The Little Engine That Could" is chuga-chugaing its way into thousands of of area homes, teaching kids "I think I can. I think I can" as it brings them the magic of books. This is the first book in a program that mails books monthly to 8,000 children from newborn to 5 years old all across El Paso and Teller counties, thanks to Pikes Peak...

  • AROUND TOWN: Care and Share Food Bank message reaches 1,000+ at luncheon

    The news was good. A five-year Care and Share Food Bank program, now two years in, could make food available to 100 percent of all southern Colorado residents by 2018. Although there are still hungry, food-insecure people in southern counties, including El Paso, they are fewer than ever. The program is realistically named "Within Reach" and...

  • AROUND TOWN: Heart Ball: Gatsby goes Western

    It was a "Howdy, m'am" and "Hey there, cowboy" black-tie kind of night. No oxymoron this. The 32nd annual Heart Ball, traditionally a formal affair, drew 340 people to a Black Tie & Boots Gala Feb. 28 at the Broadmoor International Center, raising $240,000 for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Some of the...

  • AROUND TOWN: The Y honors volunteers, imagines what's to come

    "Imagine" was the challenge and the charge from Boyd Williams, ebullient daydreamer and president/CEO of the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region. "Imagine" set the tone for the 136th annual meeting and volunteer celebration Feb. 19 at the Antlers Hilton. There's huge potential for the Y's "phenomenal reach in the community," Williams said,...

  • AROUND TOWN: Wine Festival Grand Tasting benefits Conservatory

    Magnifico! A weekend with Paolo, Matteo, Mario, Jeanneth Angel and Antonio and the best wines from what's known as the top half of the boot: Piedmont and Tuscany. The 24th annual Wine Festival of Colorado Springs on Feb. 19-21 went Italian in a big way, featuring winemakers Paolo Canclini, Matteo Molino, Mario Scanu, Jeanneth Angel Tonon,...

  • AROUND TOWN: Hundreds help Celebrate Youth in the Arts

    The lobby and ballroom of Hotel Eleganté were transformed into a Hall of the Arts on Feb. 12 as 460 guests went to breakfast to Celebrate Youth in the Arts, a benefit for the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony and Colorado Springs Children's Chorale. Sounds greeting those arriving as well as hotel guests were made by a combination of violins and...

  • AROUND TOWN: Walmart gives half a million dollars to area nonprofits

    Local nonprofit representatives were treated to a dinner at Cheyenne Mountain Resort before receiving almost $500,000 in philanthropic grants from Walmart and the Walmart Foundation. Recipients at the Feb. 6 event represented initiatives focusing on four core areas: hunger and healthy eating, sustainability, women's economic empowerment, and...

  • AROUND TOWN: Interfaith Hospitality Network becomes Family Promise

    A new name and a new vision greeted several hundred guests and volunteers at Interfaith Hospitality Network's 18th annual Hope, Hearts and Home luncheon. Meeting for an after-church Sunday meal and fundraising auction Feb. 8 at Hotel Eleganté, they were officially introduced to Family Promise of Colorado Springs. "It's not just about a name...

  • AROUND TOWN: Opera League celebrates night in Rome in preparation for "Tosca"

    As the ethereal sounds of arias and rapid patter of Neopolitan opera ditties brought smiles to those enjoying "An Evening in Rome," eyes were drawn outside through the panoramic expanse of windows at The Pinery at the Hill to the perfect addition to the musical evening: a round, full moon rising. Puccini and Opera Theatre of the Rockies...

  • AROUND TOWN: Jan Martin named Unstoppable Woman

    Eleven strong, all Unstoppable Women. Named as the 2015 honoree at a kickoff party at the new KOAA News5 studios was Jan Martin, a Colorado Springs native completing her second term on the city council as council president pro tem. Owner of Martin Business Group, Martin, who has an MBA in finance, has a long list of awards including the...

  • AROUND TOWN: Empty Stocking Fund surpasses goal, raising $1.16 million

    The plain white envelopes carried by smiling people leaving Penrose House on Jan. 30 contained the final checks in the $1.16 million Gazette-El Pomar Foundation Empty Stocking Fund campaign for 2014-15. The money went to 20 health and human services agencies for immediate use. This 31st annual holiday-season fundraiser, which surpassed the...

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