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Honored for giving back

Dear Editor:We would like to share with your readers a moment of pride that we all experienced this week at the El Pomar Foundation’s Awards for Excellence banquet in Colorado Springs. Thunder River Theatre Company was one of three nonprofits who were recognized for their Excellence in the Arts and Humanities … and one of 33 extraordinary organizations in 11 different categories who were honored at the banquet. To simply be associated with this awesome group of nonprofits was an honor for TRTC.The event was extremely inspiring. It touched us all deeply to see the many nonprofits that are so devoted to making Colorado a better place to live and work. The El Pomar Foundation made a “bricks and mortar” grant to our new theatre in 2005. Being on the radar screen of this foundation – whose mission is to enhance, encourage and promote the current and future well-being of the people of Colorado – is gratifying. Commenting on TRTC in the banquet program, El Pomar stated, “Less than one year ago, after a rigorous and successful capital campaign, the company opened the doors to a new theatre in Carbondale, solidifying its contribution to the economic and cultural health of the region.” That certainly details what TRTC has been trying to do for our valleywide community for over 12 years.At each one of our place-settings, there was a small folded paper with the mission and philosophy of community stewardship of the El Pomar Foundation. It was entitled “Advancing Colorado Communities.” That was the statement that moved us most. El Pomar also recognized TRTC for helping to advance our community. Their philosophy states: Identify, encourage, and support outstanding leaders of all ages and diverse populations; Create philanthropic opportunities for community leaders and fuel their desire to “give back to the community.” As many of you know, TRTC had already determined that the monetary portion of the award should go toward reducing ticket prices – hence, giving back to the community. We were proud that we were already following the El Pomar philosophy.We also had the opportunity to witness the presentation of the John A. Love Award for Outstanding Business. This year’s recipient was Alpine Bank-Grand Junction. Many of our local Alpine Bank friends were there. Alpine Bank is recognized as a Colorado leader in philanthropy and helping those in need, and TRTC could not have built their new theatre without the help of Alpine Bank CEO Bob Young and the Alpine Bank family. Sharing in each other’s accomplishments only added to the sense of community pride that we all had.On behalf of TRTC, we want to thank you for your support and we only hope that we can continue honoring Carbondale and our community by continuing the good work for which TRTC was honored and has become known.Drew Sakson, PresidentLon Winston, Founding artistic directorValerie Haugen, Founding associate artistThunder River Theatre CompanyCarbondale

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