In response to the Waldo Canyon Fire, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation created The Waldo Canyon Fire Fighter’s Fund to support the efforts of public and volunteer fire departments in El Paso and Teller Counties. This fund will provide financial resources for the fire departments working on this effort – supporting any needs that may arise, from food and cots to firefighting equipment – as well as future wildfire mitigation efforts in the Pikes Peak region.
“This fund will help provide resources to the local Fire Departments that quickly responded to this fire. We want to support their efforts and help them sustain their hard work,” said Eric Cefus, director of philanthropic services for the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. “Donations to this fund will aid in these efforts affecting our whole community.” If you are a member of a local fire department or an organization supporting those affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, please click here to learn how to apply for funding.
Pikes Peak Community Foundation also supports the Waldo Canyon Heroes Book Fund that provides underwriting for the cost of the production and publication of “Signs of Hope: A Tribute to the Heroes of Waldo Canyon”. 100% of the funds raised in the Heroes Book Fund will go support to the costs of printing this high quality coffee-table book. Additionally, 100% of the sales of the book itself will go to the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY DONATIONS:
September 17th – The Larkspur Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary held a 5K and raised $2,137 for the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund! Thank you!!
September 4th -
Tri-Lakes Music Association raised $4,678.32 for the fund with a special benefit concert! Our thanks to Bob, Anita, and Matt Manning (pictured to the right with Eric Cefus, PPCF’s Director of Philanthropic Services), and everyone involved with the Music Association.
August 9th -
Brother and sister Christian and Taylor sold $1650 worth of Colorado Strong bracelets to support the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund. Thank you, Christian and Taylor!
August 3rd - Cat Ashley, a local schoolteacher, raised $577.22 during her summer vacation by selling spirit bracelets. Thank you, Cat!
July 26th - Danielle W. and Audree F. raised $119.76 for the fund by selling homemade crafts at the Monument Farmer’s Market. Thank you, Danielle and Audree!
July 20th - The Hatch Cover Grill gave a free drink to each person who donated $5 to the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund between July 6th and 8th. They raised more than $600!
July 20th - The Valley Swim Club worked with the ARC to raise funds for the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund. The Westside organization filled a 52-foot trailer with donations for the ARC, and the ARC donated the proceeds to the WCFF - together, they raised nearly $1900! The Gateway Presbyterian Church also contributed, donating all the leftovers from their garage sale that weekend.
July 17th - The Moniker Foundation generously donated $10,000 to the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund. "We recognize the challenges our community will face ahead. Yet we believe that this event will only strengthen the bond of our community. With your help and that of other organizations, we see a stronger community on the horizon," writes Katy Hammond, the foundation's secretary and treasurer.
July 16th - Ten-year-old Colorado Springs residents Mary and Kate created a lemonade stand to raise funds for the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund. With their sales and including a generous donation from Mary's 13-year-old brother, Bobby, the girls raised $82.77 for the fund!
July 5th - The Allstate Insurance Foundation presented Eric Cefus with a $10,000 check for the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund.
July 3rd - Bristol Brewing Company just donated $1400 to the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund. Cheers!!
June 28th - On Thursday afternoon, Cynthia Edwards decided she needed to do something to help with the Waldo Canyon Fire firefighting & recovery efforts. On Sunday morning, July 1, more than 500 people participated in the Castle Rock Fire 5K that Cynthia and her friend Candis Gaerte organized. They raised more than $7,800 for the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund here at PPCF and took six truckloads of donated goods to Care and Share!! HUGE thanks to everyone who participated in this great event, and especially to Cynthia and Candis!
EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
Ongoing - Heritage Photography is offering this limited edition print to benefit the Waldo Canyon Firefighters Fund. This offer ends on August 26, 2012. One hundred percent of the proceeds from sales of this 12 x 18 print, which costs $6, will benefit the fund. Prints are available at Documart, 723 E. Fillmore St.,
Documart at 2 N. Nevada Avenue (corner of Nevada and Pikes Peak Avenue) or Selley Group Real Estate, 2139 Chuckwagon Rd. For more info, please email Heritage Photography.
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation is also encouraging donors to support the efforts of the local chapter of the American Red Cross to help those displaced by the fire, Pikes Peak Humane Society in their efforts help displaced animals, and Care and Share. “Our intention is not to detract from the fundraising efforts of these great local agencies, but to provide another means of support to ensure the firefighters’ needs do not go unmet during this time of crisis,” Cefus said.
The Pikes Peak Community Foundation, established in 1996 to advance community giving, serves as the leading resource for philanthropy in our region by investing grant funding in the Pikes Peak Region, helping people create permanent charitable funds, and providing leadership for community issues. The Pikes Peak Community Foundation provides maximum tax advantages, extensive non-profit organization information, and prudent investment practices for donors while offering personalized service and local expertise. For more information, please email Eric Cefus.
Special thanks to Infront Webworks for assistance with on-line donations.