Pam Keller, who with her husband, Dave, is the Keller of Keller Homes, received Pikes Peak United Way’s top 2018 volunteer honor, the S. Jerrard Smith Award. The award is named for the late United Way CEO and “honors an individual whose involvement in public policy and civic issues lead to the growth and betterment of the Pikes Peak region.”
Pam Keller is on multiple community boards and committees. In announcing her selection, 2017 honoree Chuck Murphy said she had helped PPUW launch Colorado Springs, working with schools to increase local graduation rates. The successful program was started at the honoree’s alma mater, Mitchell High School, where she has teamed with Principal Carlos Perez, who also was recognized.
The volunteers and Mitchell staff “work on strategic moves that create an environment for students to stay in school.”
Murphy said, “Knowing Jerry (Smith) like we did, we are certain he would say, ‘Pam Keller gets it,’ his highest compliment for those dedicated to making the Colorado Springs area reach its fullest potential.” The Broadmoor ballroom filled with United Way supporters for the June 6 Community Celebration brought this reaction from CEO Cindy Aubrey, “We’re honoring you, the people who make United Way work.”
A highlight was naming the top PPUW campaign companies: Nor’wood Development Group, Small Company; Rampart Supply, Medium Company; FedEx, Large Company; Microchip Technology, Best First Time Campaign.
Four volunteers were singled out for honors. Randi Davis of Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust was named for her work with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Mike Grady of Ent Credit Union was named a top volunteer for engaging young professionals to get involved in United Way and nonprofits.
Nancy Saltzman, who gave the volunteer challenge, was honored for her work with PPUW. She told the audience how she had grown to appreciate a famous Audrey Hepburn quote: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Despite social media, people — especially older people — are really lonely, Saltzman said. Volunteering is a special way to give back and work through that loneliness.
Also honored was campaign volunteer Wayne Hoskins of The Broadmoor, saluted for his “big heart and creative fundraisers.” His employer honored the baseball fan with autographed memorabilia of Yogi Berra and Lou Piniella.