KOAA 5 has created a partnership with El Pomar Foundation, to come together to established the Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund. This will help those people directly affected by the fire. United Way of the Pikes Peak Region will administer the funds.

"Our News Division exists to serve our communities. What better way than to start and lead a victim assistant fund for those directly affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire with El Pomar, a leading organization in Colorado, " said KOAA 5 President/General Manager Evan Pappas. "We are proud of our coverage and our entire company getting behind this very tangible fund. This fund will be a great opportunity for Southern Colorado to collectively work together to help our neighbors. We encourage those to give in this safe and effective distribution system set up with Pikes Peak United Way."

Regarding the creation of the Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund, El Pomar Chairman and CEO William J. Hybl stated, "This fund is a true community effort that will make an impact where it is needed most. All of the money raised will stay in our community to support those people affected by the Waldo Canyon fire."

El Pomar Foundation committed $100,000 as a first contribution to the Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund.

If you would like to help, please send your donation to:

Pikes Peak United Way
ATTN: Waldo Canyon Fire Victim Assistance Fund
518 N. Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Pikes Peak United Way will establish a link within 36 hours to take your contributions electronically on koaa.com.

CLICK HERE for the donation page.


A Community Rises:

What better way to spend July 4th, then to attend a free concert to benefit the victims of the Waldo Canyon fire!
Join KOAA 5 for 'Community Rises', the wildfire relief concert, with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, Flash Cadillac, Michael Martin Murphey and more!
Hosted by News 5's Lisa Lyden, and simulcast on News 5.
This concert at The World Arena on our nation's birthday is a positive, uplifting way for your family to help.
Tickets are free and available at The World Arena, and all TicketsWest locations (limit 4 per person).

Wednesday, July 4th
7pm to 9pm
Doors open at 6pm.