Jan 23, 2012 12:12 PM by Greg Boyce
The Empty Stocking Fund reached its goal of $1 million thanks to the generosity of community members. This is the fifth consecutive year the fund has raised more than $1 million.
The fund is sponsored by the Gazette and El Pomar and benefits 15 health and human services agencies in the Pikes Peak region.
"Our community's dedication to Empty Stocking Fund is unmatched," said Gazette Publisher, Mike Burns. "Thousands of people in our community donated to this campaign, proving their commitment to helping those in crisis in the Pikes Peak region."
"Once again, the Pikes Peak community really came together to help our neighbors in need," said El Pomar Foundation Chairman and CEO Bill Hybl. "We see tremendous generosity year after year and want to thank all those who continue to support the Empty Stocking Fund. The donors make it possible for these 15 agencies to provide a hand up in this challenging economic climate."
The Fund raised $1,143,744.64, including matching contributions from El Pomar Foundation ($200,000) and the Bruni Foundation ($70,000). Donations from the community were once again a large part of the campaign's success with 2,486 individual donors contributing. Community events brought in donations from 175 organization partners throughout the Pikes Peak area.