/ Film Premier: Strong Nonprofits. Strong Community
/ 2019 National Philanthropy Day Presentation of Awards
Business Philanthropist of the the Year –
Village Thrift Shop
The Bank of Estes Park, and specifically CEO Tim Hull, has become a powerhouse of support of the nonprofit community in Estes Park. Tim acts as Chairman of the Board for Estes Park Medical Center Foundation, serves on the Northern Colorado Community Foundation, on the board of Bright Christmas, and raises funds each year for the junior golf program.
Bank of Estes Park has become the only bank to participate in the Estes’ 1% Gives Back program. Tim has overseen the creation of a program to encourage and match employee contributions to local nonprofits; he writes and delivers over $10,000 annually in unsolicited grant funds from a bank-related donor-advised fund to local nonprofits. Tim responds to needs before being asked. He encourages tremendous giving of time, treasure and talents from the bank as well as its employees. Tim is impressively turning this small local bank into one of the largest supporters of nonprofits in the Estes Valley. Amy Hamrick (R) of Kind Coffee, former Business Philanthropist winner, presented this award to Tim (L).
Katie Speer Philanthropist of the the Year –
Diane Shriver is the President of the Estes Valley Library Friends & Foundation. She has been the lead volunteer, donor, thought leader, cheerleader and stabilizing force behind the creation of Cliffhanger Used Books. She came to her role as president of the foundation when books sales, which had provided the basis of fundraising support since the 1960s, faced the possibility of ending altogether. Diane has given her time, creative ideas and money to building a stronger foundation. She has done an outstanding job of recruiting new members, creating teamwork and mutual support. She has been instrumental in the success of Cliffhanger - from cleaning floors to organizing books and working shifts as a cashier. Cliffhanger Used Books opened in April 2019. The building is already paying for itself through the three residential apartments on its upper level, which are available to help recruit and retain talented library staff. Kristen Berg (R), previous Katie Speer Philanthropist of the Year, presented this award to Diane (L).
Enduring Service Award –
Katherine Littlejohn has served the Fine Arts Guild of the Rockies for over 20 years and been a major organizer for the annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival. She also serves as producer of the plays in the Guild's Youth Theater Camp. She is passionate about offering arts experiences for youth and truly believes that the arts play an essential part in the vitality of Estes Park. Kathy taught in the Park School District and was a critical force behind getting Kids Café to come to Estes Park. Kathy created a series of supervised learning activities to follow lunch so parents had a nearly 2-hour window of free childcare. When the program grew, Kathy pushed for the Boys & Girls Club of Larimer County to offer a day-long summer program. Kathy also worked for years creating and producing the 8th grade career day for the students of the Estes Park Middle School. Ludie (L) and Bob Dickeson (R), former Enduring Service winners, presented this award to Katherine (C).
Youth Philanthropist of the the Year –
Jennifer Johnson has served as a student aide for two years. Her strong work ethic, cheerful demeanor, and academic excellence make her a leader. Jennifer acts as the BAM Co. (Business, Accounting and Marketing) Chief Executive Officer, which is a student run philanthropic corporation at Estes Park High School. She spent countless hours of her summer break creating BAM’s new on-campus coffee shop and student lounge. Grant writing, ordering materials and organizing student teams in remodeling the shop space are but a few of the tasks this talented young woman oversaw. She is a natural leader and truly an entrepreneur at heart. This talented young lady is also a fixture on competitive sports teams. Her leadership and prowess on the athletic field garners her recognition and respect from peers and coaches alike. She volunteers her free time coaching youth sports teams. Lydia Pita (R), previous Youth Philanthropist, presented the award to Jennifer (L).
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!
A Huge Do Gooder Thank You.
We couldn't do it without you.
The YMCA of the Rockies has consistently donated staff time, an amazing spread of food, centerpieces on every table with matching napkins and tablecloth, AV equipment (all set up and working!) and so much more! The YMCA is an amazing partner. They started supporting this event when it was in a wee little room. Now it is in a big room with lots of people and lots more food and yet they still give.
New to us all. Let's celebrate 10 years of celebrating...together! Gather for Nonprofit Social Hour in the Assembly Hall foyer from 4-5pm. What will you wear? Enjoy drinks, passed hors d'oevres and a Hall of Fame before sitting down to enjoy the film and awards.
Let us toast to our good works.
Rock Cut Brewing Co. and Lumpy Ridge Brewing Co. got themselves together and spent an afternoon creating a beer just for this event. A collaborative beer called PhilanHopic! How fun is that? Snowy Peaks is coming back once again to serve their amazing wine. We are so fortunate to have these businesses thriving and giving in our community.
Executive Producers, Film "Strong Nonprofits. Strong Community."
EPNRC has produced a film about the engine of philanthropy in our community, showing off the work of donors, volunteers, and nonprofits. Alex Ho of Sky Pond Productions has created this film; we have dragged him to numerous events and met him at 6am to get "just the right light" for an interview. This video will be available to all local organizations.
Thank you to the United Way of Larimer County and the Town of Estes Park, CO for joining EPNRC in producing this Philanthropy Film for our town.
Philanthropy Award Sponsor
Thank You to Sponsors and In-Kind Givers of Good
Harmony Foundation has been a long-time sponsor of this event and we congratulate them on 50 years in Estes!
The Enchanted Florist supports the Women's Movement! And we keep on moving... 100 yellow roses will help us commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
And EPNews continues to be a giving in-kind sponsor to this event and so many nonprofits through the year. We appreciate them printing pictures of the award winners each year and all the "Get yourself to the party" pre-amble.
Trail Ridge Consulting Engineers is a new sponsor for this event, we are thrilled to call them philanthropy friends!
Thank you all!
Let's Celebrate the 100 year Anniversary of the 19th Amendment
Women got the right to vote through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads:The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Can you believe it took until 1920 to do this?! Look at how much has happened for—and because of—women over the last 100 years. Especially in the field of philanthropy! Thank you to the League of Women Voters of Estes Park for sponsoring the yellow roses that will commemorate this milestone in history.