BOULDER, Colo. (8/15/12)--Elevations CU and Elevations Foundation in Boulder, Colo., Tuesday presented the Long Term Recovery Group of Northern Colorado with a check for $36,312 in the aftermath of a large wildfire in Colorado.
The High Park wildfire, which began June 9 and was the second-most destructive fire in Colorado history, grew to 87,284 acres (The Denver Post July 5). The fire killed one person and destroyed 259 homes, the Post said. The fire was 100% contained in early July.
"As the tragedy of the High Park Fire unfolded it became clear to us that we needed to mobilize and establish a fire relief fund for our neighbors to the north," said Dennis Paul, vice chair of the Elevations Foundation. The fund was specifically earmarked for temporary housing for individuals and families displaced by the fire. "Getting victims into a stable environment where they can begin to look to the future is critically important," Paul added.
The fund was launched on June 16 with a $10,000 Challenge Grant from the Elevations Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the $1.15 billion asset Elevations CU.
The foundation reported that Elevations members and business partners contributed $26,312.59 during the fund-raising period, which ended on July 6. With guidance from the United Way of Larimer County and the Fort Collins Housing Authority, the foundation was able to get resources into the right hands.