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Northern Irish Friendship and American Politics

Thursday, October 24th, 2013


Six rising political leaders from Northern Ireland arrived in Colorado in early October and returned home two weeks later with new insight into the American political system. In the beginning of October, El Pomar Foundation partnered with the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL), a Washington, D.C. –based 501(c)(3), to host this delegation of elected officials from Northern Ireland.


El Pomar Welcomes the 2013 Fellowship Class

Monday, July 15th, 2013

There is an excited buzz in the air at El Pomar Foundation today, as a new class of fellows begins their transition into two years of professional development, incredible opportunities, and the beginning of lifelong friendships. The class is made up of eight talented, dynamic and diverse young people who will bring new life and enthusiasm to the Fellowship.  We are excited to start this next chapter with them, confident that many great things lie ahead as this new class joins the El Pomar family. (more…)

Regional Spotlight: the San Luis Valley Nursing Program

Friday, July 12th, 2013


The San Luis Valley in south-central Colorado offers stunning mountain vistas, captivating sand dunes, and rich agricultural bounty. Around 46,000 individuals call the Valley home.

In an effort to enhance the number of medical professionals in the Valley and create jobs, the San Luis Valley Regional Council seized an opportunity to partner with Colorado Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Adams State University (ASU) to provide nursing scholarships to residents pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree, nurse practitioner, master’s in nursing education, and physician’s assistant degrees. Last month, the Council and community members gathered to celebrate the accomplishments and successes of the inaugural class of scholarship recipients.


The Penrose Legacy: Penrose St. Francis

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

El Pomar Foundation has a rich history with the Penrose-St. Francis Medical system. Much of what the hospital is today can be attributed to Spencer and Julie’s vision and generosity.  Established in 1887, the St. Francis Health Center was the first hospital in Colorado Springs. The hospital, founded by Dr. B.P. Anderson, a physician for the Midland Railroad Company, opened originally to serve injured railroad workers.  After a train derailed near Leadville, Dr. Anderson and the Sisters of St. Francis, that had joined him to care for the workers, decided that the city of Colorado Springs needed a much larger medical facility and raised $20,000 to build the hospital on the site that the current St. Francis Health Center stands today. After the trauma services were relocated to Penrose Hospital in 1994, the facility returned to its original use as a medical health center. 


Throwback Thursday: Penrose, the Pikes Peak Highway and the Hill Climb

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Alex Johnson

Pikes Peak, with its sweeping elevation, rugged outlines and dramatic, snow-covered summit, has been the defining feature of Colorado Springs’ skyline since General William Jackson Palmer founded the city in 1871. This weekend, drivers from across the world will come to compete in the world’s second oldest motorsport race and ascend the famous mountain. (more…)

For the Harveys, Fire Fighting is Family Affair

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Alex Johnson

Last week, Bob Harvey was quite possibly the busiest Fire Chief in the nation. During the Black Forest Fire, Harvey, the Fire Chief of Black Forest Fire Rescue, worked long days and nights and led a team of men and women to fight the fire dubbed the “Battle of Black Forest.” Fire mitigation and fire fighting have been his life’s work; before coming to Black Forest this January, Harvey spent 26 and a half years with the Colorado Springs Fire Department and 4 years as Chief of Leadville Fire. His career has spanned 42 years and several states.

“The wildland fire business is in the Harvey blood,” said Chief Harvey’s wife, Nancy.


El Pomar Staff Volunteers with Pikes Peak Firefighters Association

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Last night, the Broadmoor Hotel graciously donated 500 steak dinners to help feed hungry emergency responders, firefighters, and El Paso County Deputies who are bravely fighting the Black Forest Fire. Ten El Pomar staff members helped serve the meals yesterday evening with the Pikes Peak Firefighters Association.


Ready for Success

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Ben Jourdan

College Readiness and Success Program from El Pomar Foundation on Vimeo.

Fountain Fort Carson High School senior Kennedy Word has a tough decision to make. She has been accepted to the University of Houston, University of Texas San Antonio, and Xavier University. Now she has to decide where to go. It’s a decision that wouldn’t be on her mind, she is sure, without El Pomar Foundation’s College Readiness and Success Program (CRSP). (more…)

The Last Legacy Trustee

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Ben Jourdan

Many gathered at Penrose House last month to remember El Pomar Trustee Emeritus Kent Olin. Olin passed away on March 4. He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn, who passed away on March 8, 2008.


Introducing El Pomar’s Youth Development Project

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Last fall, El Pomar Foundation embarked on a new project to examine youth development opportunities throughout Colorado. The goal is to work with communities throughout the state to match their needs with best practices. The first phase of the program was to identify a model that is working. And that meant getting up close and personal with The Youth Foundation in Eagle County.