The Salazar Philanthropy Award

For 3 years Lakewood Connects has partnered with you to create a flourishing Lakewood by building partnerships. There is no reason why Government, Faith, Education and Business can’t work together for the common good! They just need a champion like you and Lakewood Connects to make good happen!

An effective leader in supporting schools in struggling neighborhoods is the Jeffco Schools Foundation. The foundation connects caring members of the community to classroom needs by raising funds and building partnerships to bridge gaps facing schools, teachers and students. Lakewood Connects has partnered with the foundation on several projects and their expert advice helps us aim service partnerships towards maximum positive impact.

Each April the foundation hosts their Gala, a capstone event that brings together School Administration, County, City, Business, Health and Faith leaders from across Jefferson, County.

At the Gala each year two awards are given out, the Norma Anderson Lifetime Achievement in Education Award and the Salazar Achievement in Philanthropy Award. Both awards are extreme honors and Lakewood Connects Executive Director Reg Cox was recognized as the recipient of the Salazar Award this year. Here is a short video that tells the story of the award and why Lakewood Connects was recognized at this year’s Gala.

This video and award are a tribute to hundreds of volunteers, partners and friends who have given thousands of hours to support the vision of Connection and Partnership in Lakewood, Colorado. It is our hope that this Partnership Vision spreads to others across the country, re-imagines what Faith and “Church” is for, and builds Pathways of Transformation to millions of people struggling in various ways. When we break down the fear, misunderstanding, prejudice and wounds separating organizations, ideologies, faith, races, gender and professional services in our country we can realize the dreams and hopes we all share and cherish! Thank you for believing in the better and fighting with us for the best!

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