Elevations Credit Union foundation launches victim assistance fund

Ryan Dunn
rdunn@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 4/5/21

In response to the March 22 mass shooting in Boulder, Elevations Credit Union’s foundation launched a fund that aims to assist the families of the victims. The Elevations Foundation will be …

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Elevations Credit Union foundation launches victim assistance fund

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In response to the March 22 mass shooting in Boulder, Elevations Credit Union’s foundation launched a fund that aims to assist the families of the victims. The Elevations Foundation will be matching any donations up to $200,000 through April 6.

The proceeds will be allocated to the victim’s families through Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty’s office. There are no specific parameters on what families can utilize the funds for, according to Elevations Foundation Board Chair Dennis Paul.

The victims of the March 22 shooting are Denny Stong, 20; Nevin Stanisic, 23; Rikki Olds, 25; Tralona Bartkowiak, 49; Teri Leiker, 51; Officer Eric Talley, 51; Suzanne Fountain, 59; Kevin Mahoney, 61; Lynn Murray, 62; and Jody Waters, 65.

Fountain’s name was not immediately released to the public. An award-winning actress, gardener and financial counselor, Fountain worked at Boulder Community hospital for 15 years helping to enroll senior citizens in Medicare.

Elevations Credit Union was founded in Boulder in 1953. The Elevations Foundation, a nonprofit arm of the credit union, was established in 2010. The Foundation runs two separate programs; a scholarship fund for high school seniors and a community grants initiative.

In addition to their two established programs, the Elevations board of directors reserves the right to provide resources in times of crisis, according to Paul.

“This was a terrible tragedy and it was a tragedy in our backyard,” said Paul. “Elevations [Credit Union] was founded on the steps of Mackie Auditorium in 1953. But with a tragedy like that, we absolutely felt compelled to respond.

“And so, we got together that following morning,” Paul continued, “(March) 23, and made a determination that we would create a victims relief fund. Ours is specific to those families that lost a loved one in the tragedy.”

Donations can be made at any time through the Elevations Foundation website, but the Foundation will not be matching donations past April 6.

Paul said that in the past, the Boulder community has supported Elevations Foundation’s outreach efforts and expects the foundation to assist in difficult times.

“Our members rise to the occasion when we ask,” said Paul, “and they expect us to be involved. They are phenomenal in terms of responding to our outreach, and so we felt that we had to have skin in the game, this is something that impacts our community. We wanted to be at the table with the members and the community.”

Paul added that as a Boulder native, this tragedy hits especially close to home.

“It’s obviously devastating,” said Paul. “Boulder happens to be my hometown, so it’s a tough pill to swallow. The city is hurting, the state is hurting, the nation is hurting around this type of incident. We’ve got to do what we can do in our space.”

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