Kudos! – February 7, 2014

Give! campaign brings in record $1.176 million

With 59 participating nonprofits, the Give! 2013 campaign’s organizers hoped to surpass the $1 million mark for the first time. That’s exactly what happened, as donations combined with matching grants totaled $1,176,027,27. Checks were presented Jan. 31 to the nonprofits during a celebration at Penrose House hosted by the campaign’s main organizers, the Colorado Springs Independent and the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

Leading the list of fundraisers was the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region with $63,487, followed by Peak Education at $45,543, Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association at $44,856 and Trails and Open Space Coalition with $42,725. Also, $20,000 in grants went to the 12 nonprofits with the most donors 36 years old and younger, led by Peak Education, Include Friends and the Youth Symphony Association.

The total amount raised in five years of Give! is $3,488,640.

MS Society receives grant money

The Colorado-Wyoming chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society raised $1.5 million in 2013 to help fund new research. The money was combined with National MS Society funds to commit $19.4 million to support 38 new research projects aimed at stopping MS, restoring function lost and ending the disease. Each year, a portion of funds raised by chapter events including Walk MS and Bike MS are contributed to support the MS Society’s research projects. Of the 380 research projects worldwide, nine are in Colorado.

AASC donates for housing

The Apartment Association of Southern Colorado presented Greccio Housing with a $4,032 donation to help fund local housing programs. The AASC has 530 members, including the owners of more than 33,000 rental units. Greccio is a nonprofit providing rental housing for low- to moderate-income residents of Colorado Springs.

Newborn Hope board named

Newborn Hope named its new officers and board members last week, led by Lynn Pelz, president; Janet Fieldman, immediate past president; Melody Antles, treasurer; and Lindsey Suggs, secretary. Other board members are Danita Alderton, Elly Alexander, Kate Cihon, Cathryn Lewis, April McPike, Kim Mutchler, Emily Sheldon, and Carey Stark. Fundraising chairs are Lisa Helton, Lara Herholtz, J.J. Kaelin, Kari McCabe, Karla McKechnie, Andrea Pineda and Juliana Rothbaum.

Local author-speaking coach releases book

The Manager’s Guide to Presentations is a new book by public speaking coach Lauren Hug. It gives business professionals the tools they need to conquer the phobia of speaking in public. A resident of Colorado Springs, Hug partners with Madwoman Marketing Strategies. The book is from Impackt, a business and management skills offshoot of Packt Publishing.

Hub acquires Baldrica

Hub International Insurance Services, Colorado Operations, (Hub Colorado) has acquired the assets of Baldrica & Company Inc., a Colorado Springs-based full-service insurance brokerage firm. Terms were not disclosed. Baldrica operations will become part of Hub Colorado’s existing local office.  In connection with this acquisition, Andrea Baldrica, president of Baldrica, will be joining Hub Colorado as a vice president, the company announced.