Project Angel Heart Recognized as One of Colorado’s Highest Performing Nonprofits by El Pomar Foundation

DENVER – Tuesday, October 3, 2017—Project Angel Heart was honored with the 2017 Award for Excellence at El Pomar Foundation’s presentation ceremony in Blackhawk last night. The agency received a $25,000 contribution for its commitment to bettering the lives of Coloradans.

“We are honored to be recognized with this award from El Pomar Foundation,” said Erin Pulling, president & CEO of Project Angel Heart.“To be recognized for excellence is to acknowledge the incredible talent and dedication of our staff, volunteers, and supporters, and we appreciate each and every one of them for making this award possible. El Pomar Foundation’s $25,000 contribution will help us continue providing medically tailored meals, made from scratch and delivered free of charge every week, to more than 1,100 neighbors in need in Denver and Colorado Springs.”

Sally Rothstein, Colorado Springs regional manager, and Erin Pulling, president & CEO, receive the Award for Excellence 

Project Angel Heart’s meals are designed to meet the medical and dietary needs of individuals living with cancer, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, and other serious illnesses, enhancing the effectiveness of their treatments and improving their quality of life. According to Lorez Meinhold, Project Angel Heart’s board chair, “It’s important because people sometimes have to make really tough choices. If Project Angel Heart wasn’t there they would have to make a choice between food and medicine.”

Awards for Excellence annually recognizes the state’s highest performing nonprofit organizations. Since 1989, the program has provided over $6.2 million in grants to more than 450 nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado.

“Every day, communities across Colorado depend on the engagement of dedicated individuals and nonprofits,” said William J. Hybl, chairman and CEO of El Pomar Foundation. “The organizations and individuals recognized today are wonderful examples of this engagement. We are proud to support them and look forward to their continued excellence, leadership, and innovation.”

Center for Restorative Programs and Kit Carson Rural Development were recognized along with Project Angel Heart as 2017 Award for Excellence winners. Organizations are selected by a dedicated group of community leaders, council members from El Pomar’s Regional Partnerships program, and El Pomar Fellowship Alumni.

About Project Angel Heart

Project Angel Heart prepares and delivers medically tailored meals, at no cost, to improve health and quality of life for neighbors living with cancer, kidney disease, HIV/AIDS, and other life-threatening illnesses. In 2017, the agency will deliver meals to more than 2,900 Denver and Colorado Springs residents. For more information, please visit or call 303.830.0202.

About El Pomar Foundation

El Pomar Foundation is one of the largest and oldest private foundations in Colorado.  El Pomar contributes approximately $22 million annually through grants and Community Stewardship programs to support Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiatives. Spencer and Julie Penrose founded El Pomar in 1937.  To learn more about El Pomar Foundation please go to


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