PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE HISTORIC ARKANSAS RIVERWALK OF PUEBLO FOUNDATION
HON. SCOTT McINNIS
in the house of representatives
November 27, 2001
Mr. McINNIS. Mr. Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to
recognize and congratulate the Historical Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo
Foundation located in Pueblo, Colorado. The group has recently been
selected as the outstanding non-profit organization of the
year at the El Pomar Awards for Excellence banquet. The banquet was
created to honor non-profit groups in the State of Colorado.
HARP's mission is to raise the necessary funding to bring
improvements to the Arkansas Valley area. Their project involves the
creation of a riverwalk for the City of Pueblo to attract shoppers and
restaurateurs throughout the area. Voters approved the need for such an
attraction in 1995. The river walk has already begun to revitalize and
re-energize the area of downtown Pueblo, not far from my district
office, thanks to the efforts by many including HARP.
The foundation is led by Jean Rickman who accepted the Julie and
Spencer Penrose Award on behalf of the organization on November 13,
2001. The award contributes $25,000 to the HARP foundation, which seeks
funding from private and corporate contributions. The cash award adds
to the impressive total of $7,000,000 now raised for the project.
Mr. Speaker, it is an honor to congratulate the HARP foundation on
their recent achievement award. Through organizations such as HARP, the
people of Colorado can be proud of their heritage and their community.
HARP is a model group for non-profit foundations throughout the nation.
It is again with great pride that I commend and thank HARP for all
their efforts in enhancing the community of Pueblo.