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Press Release (City of Colorado Springs)

The Colorado Springs Health Foundation seeks two volunteers to serve on its Board of Trustees beginning in March 2020.

Background
The City of Colorado Springs entered into a lease of Memorial Health System to UCHealth effective October 1, 2012. As part of that lease, the City established the Colorado Springs Health Foundation, whose mission is to provide grants to target immediate health care needs and encourage healthy living in El Paso and Teller Counties.

Board of Trustees

A nine-member Board of Trustees governs the affairs of the Colorado Springs Health Foundation. Trustees are nominated by the Mayor and appointed by City Council. Trustees must be at least 21 years of age and residents of the city of Colorado Springs. The Foundation seeks candidates with particular knowledge, expertise, education or experience in one or more of the following areas:

·                     Behavioral health (mental health and/or substance use disorders)

·                     Public health

·                     Investing/Finance

·                     Education (K-12 or higher education)

In addition, the Foundation seeks candidates who will provide diverse perspectives and lived experience to the work of improving community health. This is a volunteer position, and requires a minimum commitment of six hours per month. Trustees can to serve up to three, three-year terms.

Application Process

Apply online at ColoradoSprings.gov/boards no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, July 19, 2019.

 For questions or more information about the Trustee role, please contact Cari Davis, Executive Director, Colorado Springs Health Foundation, at 719-510-2204 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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Press Release (Funkonnect Media)

4 Colorado Kids, a nonprofit organization based in Colorado Springs, is putting on a charity event June 29 to address the needs of Colorado’s teachers and kids.



With nearly one in seven Colorado kids living in poverty, many teachers and principals throughout the state are filling the gap out of their own pockets.

According to a survey published by the National Center for Education Statistics, 94 percent of teachers spend their own money on school supplies for their classrooms each year. On average, they can spend upwards of $554 each year, depending on the school classification, community type, instructional level and the socioeconomic status of the students they serve.

When 4 Colorado Kids heard about this issue, we wanted to do something to help, said Marshea Freant-Vitt, director of operations. The organization decided to dedicate a charity event to raise money to help this cause.

The result is an event called, “Adult Prom” All proceeds and donations go directly to the “Erase the Need” program. Any teacher in the state can directly apply for “Erase the Need” funds to acquire much-needed school supplies, classroom equipment, healthy snacks, summer sponsorships, educational resources and assistance for helping find family support services for children with disabilities.

“We want to empower school teachers and invest in critical tools that nurture a child’s untold potential and readiness to learn. Right now, the need in Colorado’s classrooms are so great, that we are unable to fulfill all of the requests we receive. This event helps us raise the necessary funds to make direct impact in our local communities,” said Marshea.

The 21+ only event will be on Saturday, June 29 at Ivywild School Main Gym, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Donations and tickets ($50 per person) can be purchased online at www.4cokids.org/prom. Food and drinks are included, along with a live DJ, dancing, crowning of Prom King and Queen, and an awards ceremony for best dressed and best dancers.

The event includes a silent auction that is open to the public and available online at https://prom4cokids19.ggo.bid/. Auction packages include autographed items by Baseball Hall of Famer Goose Gossage (New York Yankees), custom-designed necklace by Jack Miller Jewelry, Rock Climbing adventures with Apex Mountain School, and much more.

This event is presented by WellCare Pediatric Therapy Specialists and sponsored by Second Home Adult Day Center, Colorado Behavior and Learning Group, Homes R Us Colorado, Balance Chiropractic, Maverick Cleaning & Maintenance, Orange Theory Fitness and Peak View Behavioral Health.

About 4 Colorado Kids
4 Colorado Kids Mission
Our mission is to partner in making lives better for Colorado children, so they can thrive and feel empowered to achieve life and academic success.
4 Colorado Kids Vision
We believe every child deserves an even playing field, to have the necessities they need for peace of mind and confidence. This basic foundation lets kids know they are important members of our community.
4 Colorado Kids Organizational History
4 Colorado Kids was founded in June 2017 by a group of local business owners, teachers, therapists, parents and advocates, to help close the gap for local families and children living in poverty.
Many of our founding members were working in direct-care and supported families and children, many times with disabilities. As they provided services in-home or at area schools, they noticed first-hand that basic necessities were missing - such as food, weather-appropriate clothing, beds and blankets, school supplies and other important items, that are critical to the development and growth of a child.
4 Colorado Kids was formed to work one-one-one with families, community partners, health care providers, nonprofits, schools and other entities, to address the needs of children and ensure they receive the care they need in order to be successful.

In order to make the biggest impact and directly help families and kids, WellCare Inc., Pediatric Therapy Specialists, became the corporate sponsor to ensure that 100% of donations and financial gifts directly support kids and teachers living in the State of Colorado.

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Press Release (BlakelyCompany.com)

Summer is here and tourism is on the rise once again for Colorado, especially for families. Traveling with kids isn’t all sunshine and daisies; parents are left wishing there was an easy button when it comes to prepping, packing, and planning. Actually, there is an easy way to plan now: Pikespeakoutdoors.org hosts a free Family Adventure Guide, complete with fun-filled itineraries, downloadable activities, and a curated list of family-friendly places to explore in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado!


The purpose of the guide is to provide a fun and rewarding activity and adventure guide to engage kids and their parents in exploring the Pikes Peak region, discovering the “hidden gems” of lesser known places, while encouraging them to spend time together outdoors.

Inside the Family Adventure Guide, you’ll find an Adventure Club for the kids, scavenger hunts, hiking games and even several packing lists (especially if you’re bringing your dog). All summer long, Pikes Peak Outdoors will also be hosting social media contests for kids of all ages who choose to take the Pikes Peak Outdoors Adventure Club Pledge which incorporates Leave No Trace principles.

The Family Adventure Guide is found under the “Explore” tab on Pikespeakoutdoors.org (or just click here). The website provides helpful information to both locals and visitors who plan to enjoy outdoor recreational activities in the Pikes Peak region. The site is highly customizable with something for everyone: families looking for an easy hike, climbers looking for the best local rock, or someone wanting to rent a paddle board. Pikespeakoutdoors.org is the ultimate hub for all things outdoors providing local retailers, guides, classes, trails, streams, parks and much more right at your fingertips.

 “The Family Adventure Guide provides the ‘easy button’ parents are looking for and the fun kids want to encourage them to play outside together as a family,” says Becky Leinweber, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, the organization who led the charge in developing the Pikes Peak Outdoors website and Family Adventure Guide.

If you’re a family and you want to explore and learn more about the Pikes Peak region and its great outdoors this summer, be sure to check out pikespeakoutdoors.org and the Family Adventure Guide today.

ABOUT PIKES PEAK OUTDOOR RECREATION ALLIANCE (PPORA)
Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance’s mission is to strengthen the outdoor recreation industry for the Pikes Peak region through leadership and collaboration.

For more information, visit http://ppora.org.

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Press Release

The Colorado Springs Municipal Airport (COS) was distinguished as the “2019 Colorado Airport of the Year” by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Division of Aeronautics.  The award was presented on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at the Colorado Airport Operator’s Association (CAOA) Spring Conference in Greeley, Colorado.


 
This is the first award of its kind presented by the Colorado Division of Aeronautics that will annually recognize a Colorado public-use airport that exhibits outstanding contributions to the Colorado airport system. Airports recognized as the “Colorado Airport of the Year” demonstrate values that fall in line with the CDOT Division of Aeronautics mission to advance a safe, efficient, and an effective statewide air and space system through collaboration, investment, and advocacy.
 
On April 16, 2018, the Colorado Springs Airport main terminal suffered extensive damage following a fire that caused around $5.6 million in damage.  Because of the rapid and efficient response of airport staff, the airport was only closed for just one day and airport operations were continued with minimal effect on passengers travelling through the airport.
 
The Colorado Springs Municipal Airport is Colorado’s only military joint-use facility with Peterson Air Force Base.  Additionally, the airport supports commercial air service, general aviation services, aerial wildland firefighting aircraft operations, and a significant business park development.
 
In the 2013 Economic Impact Study of Colorado Airports, the Colorado Springs Municipal Airport was responsible for supporting 27,721 jobs, producing over $1.7 billion in annual payroll, while generating $3.7 billion in overall annual economic output. An update to this study is expected to be released by the Colorado Division of Aeronautics in the Spring of 2020.
 
The Colorado Airport System consists of 74 public use airports that support over 265,000 jobs, provide $12.6 billion in annual payroll, and $36.7 billion in total annual economic output for the State of Colorado.
 
More information can be found at Colorado-Aeronautics.org.

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Press Release

The 2019 Visit Colorado Springs free Crafts and Drafts Passport is now available. Tap into this digital web-based app that can be accessed from a mobile device. The passport highlights the destination’s diverse craft beverage scene and invites beverage novices and aficionados alike from across Colorado’s Front Range to enjoy the Pikes Peak region one sip at a time.


Patrons can access a variety of digital deals and discounts at 20 locally owned and operated beverage companies. From beer batches and spirit specialties to carefully roasted coffee, visitors can savor their way through area breweries, distilleries, wineries and coffee shops. At each participating location, patrons will use the digital passport to redeem deals and be entered to win a variety of gift cards.

Developed by VCOS, the third iteration of the passport seeks to entice the Front Range to experience the talented brewers, mixologists, roasters and vintners who call Colorado Springs and the wonders of the Pikes Peak region home.

Colorado continues to make its mark on the adult beverage industry with more than 284 craft breweries state-wide and an economic impact of $3 billion. Learn more about these delicious pours and sweepstakes sponsors and get the free passport at Crafts.VisitCOS.com.

Visit Colorado Springs is the leading marketing organization for group and leisure travel and tourism to Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region. The organization is dedicated to a strong national and international presence so that tourism is a primary contributor to a thriving local economy. Visit Colorado Springs’ mission: We create economic vitality through memorable visits to the wonders of Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region.