Wild Fire Tees, the collaboration of graphic artists and companies that created the iconic T-shirts of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, Hurricane Sandy and the recent Colorado floods, was named Outstanding Fundraising Campaign Volunteer by Partners in Philanthropy on Wednesday at The Broadmoor.
The awards were presented by the Pikes Peak Funders Forum in partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and recognized nonprofit donors and outstanding leadership. Winners received $500 each to give to the charity of their choice.
Nominating the five companies working together as Wild Fire Tees, Lisa Tessarowicz wrote, "this innovative collaboration has created ultra cool, hip T-shirts, and without accepting pay for time and talent, donated net proceeds to relief efforts." Accepting for all those who became Wild Fire Tees, Tucker Wannamaker told the 300 at the luncheon that to date the group has raised more than $400,000, which is managed by Pikes Peak Community Foundation. The original Waldo Canyon fire shirt brought in $185,000 the first day and a half and they've been creating T-shirts ever since.
Other awards included the Barbara Yalich Innovation in Philanthropy Award, which went to Joseph C. Woodford "for promoting and supporting citizen activism in charitable endeavors" as well as having an "entrepreneurial spirit."
-Outstanding Individual Donor: Lyda Hill. Recently Hill made a $2 million gift to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to help with the study and treatment of mental health issues in returning military veterans. Previously, she worked with the city to build the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, pledging the profits to the city to help preserve and maintain the park. In 2012, she gave the Visitor and Nature Center to the Garden of the Gods Foundation.
-Outstanding Corporate Philanthropic Program: Rampart Supply, which has given more than $100,000 in support to Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care. The company and its employees also support Pikes Peak United Way and its partner agencies, Care and Share Food Bank, Komen Race for the Cure and Eagle Lake camp.
-Outstanding Grant-making Organization: Gates Family Foundation, for more than $1.8 million in capital support to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
-Outstanding Youth: Brian Lee, nominated by The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. Working toward his Eagle Scout rank, he designed and created, as well as raised funds for, a shaded picnic area within the shelter's dog park.