• Helping Ugandan women, children works both ways for Colorado Springs nonprofit founder

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -

    On the walls of Brandi Lea's Colorado Springs home are pictures of her "mamas." That's what she calls the women she helps through her nonprofit Beauty for Ashes Uganda, which provides resources to single moms and widows of the country's Teso region. Through programs that focus on...

  • AROUND TOWN: A Gilbert & Sullivan & Tea Revue sets the scene for 'The Mikado'

    By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 20, 2017

    A topsy turvy Sunday afternoon of Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas and a British tea with Earl Grey and quite proper scones with clotted cream and lemon curd was one of the opening acts leading to the Opera Theatre of the Rockies' upcoming production of "The Mikado." Her Majesty's...

  • AROUND TOWN: Junior Achievement gala supports student financial literacy

    By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 19, 2017

    The 350 party guests were bent over their smartphones all evening, and this time hosts didn't mind at all. In fact, they encouraged everyone to do it. The Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado Black and White Gala committee led by Cheryl Potman had brought in the popular phone-app...

  • Springs Rescue Mission to keep women's shelter open year-round to meet demand

    By jakob rodgers jakob.rodgers@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 13, 2017

    Springs Rescue Mission plans to keep its women's shelter open year-round amid a crushing demand for bed space. The nonprofit's move comes as it continues sheltering dozens of people on overflow sleeping mats every night at its burgeoning campus. There simply was no palatable...

  • AROUND TOWN: Masquerade marks a glittering change for the 60-year-old Chorale

    By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 12, 2017

    For 30 years the Colorado Springs Chorale had led the way with local Chefs' Gala traditions. Over that time top names from the food world, including Jacques Pepin, had participated as celebrity judges and more than 350 local chefs and 175 restaurants participated, each event drawing...

  • AROUND TOWN: SCAP Red Ribbon Ball honors heroes in the HIV/AIDS fight

    By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 12, 2017

    The 25th Red Ribbon Ball on the 31st anniversary of the Southern Colorado AIDS Project was a night to celebrate heroes. "You are all heroes as you are here supporting the mission of the Colorado Health Network and SCAP," said Chris Robertson, regional director of Southern Colorado...

  • YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region collecting suitcases, hygiene products for foster kids

    By chhun sun chhun.sun@gazette.com -
    Updated: Tue, Apr 11, 2017

    To help support foster children through El Paso County, the YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region is holding its second annual Cases of Love Suitcase Drive until April 22. All YMCA locations within the region are accepting new or gently used luggage and backpacks and unopened hygiene...

  • AROUND TOWN: Renovated Craftwood Inn site of Manitou Springs Heritage Center benefit

    By Linda Navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 5, 2017

    A sunny mountain morning with the fireplace crackling, a Manitou Springs landmark and a history plan for the future. Three gourmet breakfast seatings drew more than 130 guests to the beautifully renovated hillside Craftwood Inn Event Center March 18 to hear updates about the capital...

  • AROUND TOWN: Blue Star Recyclers celebrates a year of expansion

    By linda.navarro linda.navarro@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 5, 2017

    In a busy computer world, their platform is the recycling. Blue Star Recyclers celebrated a growth year of creating jobs in electronics recycling for those with autism and other developmental and intellectual disabilities. The nonprofit's annual awards luncheon at Stargazers...

  • Nonprofit group aims to develop new Colorado Springs apartment project as workforce housing

    By rich laden rich.laden@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Mar 30, 2017

    A local nonprofit developer of affordable housing has proposed a 48-unit apartment building for lower-income workers in Colorado Springs, some of whom are expected to come from a nearby retail center. AmericaWest Housing Solutions of Woodland Park plans to build the four-story...

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