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A new beginning for Mountain Shadows: A sign of hope for Black Forest
Thursday, June 20, 2013

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June 19, 2013

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Bob Cutter,, 719.330.9075

John Henry,, 719.433.3025

A new beginning for Mountain Shadows; A sign of hope for Black Forest

(Colo. Springs)  -- Colorado Springs Together, the citizen-led nonprofit coordinating the rebuilding and recovery of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire, announces a community-wide event commemorating the one-year anniversary of the fire. Though the anniversary event was long-planned to provide remembrance and recognition to those who so heroically served that day in 2012 and the many accomplishments in the neighborhood since, the community felt it was important to also offer a helping hand and show of support to those affected by the Black Forest Fire. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Mountain Shadows Park on Flying W Ranch Road.

“The event marks another milestone in the recovery and healing of the Mountain Shadows neighborhood,” said Bob Cutter, president of Colorado Springs Together  “At the same time we must recognize that once again a wildfire has devastated a community in our region resulting in the tragic loss of life and a terrible loss of homes and property.”

The event will remember the Waldo Canyon Fire disaster of June 2012 and will also recognize those who have done so much from fighting the fire last year to helping with the restoration efforts enabling a new beginning for Mountain Shadows. This new beginning and what has been achieved over the last year also provides a sign of hope for the Black Forest community just starting to recover from the fire which broke out on June 11, 2013. Two fires in less than 12 months bring two neighborhoods together in their recovery.

“It is heartbreaking for the Pikes Peak region to see the unprecedented devastation over one year that cost the lives of four residents, destroyed the homes of 850 families, and damaged thousands more with smoke and heat; the impact of these two fires on the community was massive,” Cutter said.

All emergency services personnel from across Colorado that responded to the fires are invited to attend. Significant representation is anticipated from first-responder organizations locally and across the state.

The event is free and open to the entire community, and will feature:

·         a tribute to first responders who helped fight the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires

·         a remembrance of beloved Mountain Shadows residents William and Barbara Everett who perished in the Waldo Canyon Fire, and of Marc and Robin Herklotz, who died in the Black Forest Fire

·         the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, which has made this event the opening concert in their 2013 Summer Symphony concert series, a grand re-launch of Colorado Springs’ free summer music tradition, www.csphilharmonic.orgfor more information

·         performances by the famed Flying W Wranglers, the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale, Mango Fan Django jazz quartet, and long-time local musician Frank Moore who will perform his song “Fire on the Mountain” recounting the 2012 fire

·         fundraising by the Pikes Peak Community Foundation for their Emergency Relief Funds to support the recovery from the Black Forest Fire

Renowned local visitor attraction the Flying W Ranch will solicit funds for its newly formed foundation through the sale of food and direct donations in hopes of soon reestablishing the popular ranch which was lost to the Waldo Canyon Fire.  Josh and John’s will be serving Ice Cream.

Vendors who offer services or products relating to the Waldo Canyon Fire will be on hand:

·         Amy Blanchard, “Recipes for Rebuilding” cook book

·         Jake Martens, Signs of Hope book

·         Mitchell Dillman, Waldo Canyon Collection (furniture)

·         Johnny Wilson, Photo Story of the Week

·         Tucker Wannamaker, "Wildfire Tees" 

·         Cindy Limbrick, Awakening Artists Bracelet

·         Frank Moore, “Fire on the Mountain” CD

·         Palmer Ridge H.S Football Coach Tom Pulford, “Hats on a Mission”

AspenPointe will provide information, help locate lost children, and provide a lost-and-found service for event attendees.

No-cost parking for the event will be provided at Verizon, 2424 West Garden of the Gods Road. Free shuttle buses will provide transport to and from the Mountain Shadows Park, and will be operated on a rotating basis, enabling people to arrive and depart when they choose to do so. The shuttles will start running at 5 p.m.

The following day Thursday, June 27, is the back-up date in the event of inclement weather.

Alcohol is not permitted in Mountain Shadows Park, and residents are discouraged from bringing pets. All should bring chairs, blankets, hats and sunscreen. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited parking, and Mountain Shadows residents may want to consider walking to the park.

Comcast is the presenting sponsor for the event, with additional underwriting provided by Memorial Hospital, GE Johnson Construction Company, 30dps Marketing, Advertising and Design company, Ent Federal Credit Union and the Ent Employees Fund, Morningstar Senior Living Centers.

Beginning at 4 p.m. road closures will be in place along Flying W Ranch Road from the south Stoneridge Dr. intersection north to Chuckwagon Rd. and along Champagne Dr. immediately east of Mountain Shadows Park and Chipeta Elementary School.

The Waldo Canyon Fire was the costliest fire in Colorado history until the Black Forest Fire which easily surpassed last year’s disaster. The recovery in Mountain Shadows is fast paced; nearly 200 of the 347 sites on which homes were lost to the fire already issued permits to rebuild with almost 70 of those homes having been completed and their owners moved back in.

Colorado Springs Together is an independent 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit

Colorado Springs Together is a community-driven volunteer effort, and is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The team members are distinguished citizens, business professionals and dedicated public servants in the community, facilitating and coordinating a quick and effective rebuilding process for the neighborhoods devastated on June 26, 2012, by the Waldo Canyon Fire.