Foundation has awarded $4.5 million in scholarships since 2000

DENVER, Aug. 23, 2017 — The Pinnacol Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to 112 students across Colorado for the 2017-2018 school year. View the full list of students who will receive scholarships for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Pinnacol Foundation was created in 2000 by Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, to provide scholarships to the children of Colorado workers who were killed or seriously injured in work-related accidents, whether or not Pinnacol was the insurance carrier. In those 17 years, the Foundation has given scholarships totaling $4.5 million to nearly 500 students.

This year, 47 percent of the Pinnacol scholars are first generation college students; there are 20 groups of siblings and 83 scholars who have received the scholarship for multiple years. Scholars are studying everything from engineering to health care to welding at colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in 17 states. The average award is $3,500.

“No matter where they are in their educational journey, each of these students have shown courage and determination,” said Edie Sonn, chair of the Pinnacol Foundation Board of Directors. “Many have taken on more responsibility than their peers – from working part-time jobs to taking care of a parent who is unable to work. We’re proud to help these students pursue their educational dreams in the face of those challenges.”

Receiving the scholarship is only the beginning. Eighteen Pinnacol scholars graduated in 2017, and many more are putting their degrees to use, including Emilia Cintora of Ault, Colorado. Ten years ago, Emilia’s mother sustained a severe shoulder injury while working on a dairy farm in Northern Colorado. During her mother’s recovery, Emilia changed her bandages, checked her surgical wounds and ensured she had the correct medications; an experience that inspired Emilia to become a nurse.

“With my mom out of work, money was even tighter and I felt guilty about every expense my parents had to pay for,” Emilia said. “I knew I would have to find my own way to college.”

The Pinnacol Foundation proudly supported Emilia, and with a lot of hard work, she earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She has now been caring for patients at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins for two years.

To qualify for a Pinnacol Foundation scholarship, a student must be the natural child, adopted child or stepchild or full dependent of a worker who was seriously injured or killed in a compensable work-related accident while employed by a Colorado-based employer. For more information about the Pinnacol Foundation, please visit our website, send an email, or call us at 303.361.4775.



Ryan Grange
Senior Communications Specialist
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by Bathsheba Doran
Directed by Lorraine Scott
A Regional Premiere
September 9 – October 7, 2017

Firehouse Theater presents the regional premier of “The Mystery of Love and Sex” September 9 through October 7at the John Hand Theater/Colorado Free University, 7653 East First Place in Lowry. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20-$23 and available by calling 303-562-3232 or on line at  Sexual content – material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were nine. She’s Jewish, he’s Christian; he’s black, she’s white. Their differences intensify their connection, until sexual desire complicates everything in surprising, compulsive ways. When they discover exactly what “more” actually entails, however, it comes as a surprise to them both—and to Charlotte’s parents, who are holding secrets and resentments of their own. This compelling, spirited story of intricate relationships is an entertaining and explosive look at race, sexual identity and family dynamics.

Lorraine Scott has cast Kristen Poole (Charlotte), Johnathan Underwood (Jonny), Joel Silverman (Howard) and Suzanne Connors Nepi (Lucinda).

Bathsheba Doran began her professional career writing comedy sketches for the BBC2 show Bruiser. In 2000, she moved to the United States and since then her work has been developed by the O’Neill Playwriting Center, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club and Sundance Theatre Lab, among others. Her play, Kin, premiered at off-Broadway’s Playwrights Horizons in February of 2011. Her play The Mystery of Love and Sex, opened at Lincoln Center in New York in March 2015 and both were directed by Sam Gold.

She was nominated for a 2012 Writers Guild Award for her work on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. She also wrote episodes for season 2 of the NBC show Smash. She was a writer and co-producer of season 2 of the Showtime show Masters of Sex. She is co-executive producing and writing Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of The Looming Tower.


Firehouse Theater
“The Mystery of Love and Sex”
Sept. 9 – Oct. 7
An unexpected love story of evolving friendship.
Fri/Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2:00 p.m.
$20 – $23
303-562-3232 or online at\
@ The John Hand Theater, 7653 East 1st Place, Denver, CO 80230
Sexual content – material may be inappropriate for children under 13
Running time is approximately 2 hour and 20 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission.


by Ernest Thompson
Directed by Bernie Cardell
July 28 – August 26, 2017

Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre’s production of On Golden Pond  previews Friday, July 28 and runs July 29 through August 26 at the John Hand Theater in Lowry with performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, August 7 at 7:30.p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 – $23 and available by calling 720-530-4596 or online at

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty. Ethel, ten years younger, delights in all the small things that continue to enrich their long life together. Time, they know, is against them after 48 summers on Golden Pond. Norman and Ethel face strained family relationships, the tragedies and blessings of growing older, and the gift of second chances with a lot of humor and heart. As they take care of grandson Billy, they find out they have as much to learn as they do to teach in this heartwarming and poignant drama and, perhaps, discover another summer on Golden Pond.

Director Bernie Cardell has cast Ken Street as Norman Thayer and Jan Cleveland as Ether Thayer. Molly Killoran has been cast as Chelsea with Andy Anderson as Bill Ray, Benji Dienstfrey as Billy and
Luke Rahmsdorff-Terry as Charlie.

Ernest Thompson wrote “On Golden Pond” at the age of twenty-eight. Although he cannot say exactly what inspired the play, he credits his boyhood summer lake trips to Maine with his family as a source of special memories. “On Golden Pond” was produced off Broadway in 1978 and was published the following year by Dramatists Play Service. Within six months, the play was in production on Broadway and soon in theaters across the United States. The film version earned him an Academy Award and opened numerous career doors for the young playwright.

Lowry’s Spotlight Theatre
“On Golden Pond”
The heart-warming love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer and their long life together.
Previews Friday, July 28 @ 7:30 p.m.
July 29-Aug 26
Fri/Sat & Mon., Aug. 7 at 7:30.p.m, Sun. at 2 p.m.
$12 – $23
720-530-4596 or
The John Hand Theater, 7653 E. 1st Place, Denver, CO 80230
Free parking.


The Lowry Recyclers in August are collecting back packs for the Colfax Community Network to help send kids living in hotels back to school with at least a back pack. Even if you have an old back pack with the Green Hornet or the Little Mermaid, it’s fine! Donations are accepted at the Montclair Rec Center, 8th and Ulster in Lowry, during operational hours in August. A big box is located right in the lobby. As usual, thanks for your support. Lowry Recyclers are finishing up the towel collection, but if you missed a chance to drop off some clean old towels, they will take those for another week. Lowry Recyclers supports several non-profits in the area and in Denver with items that most people would either pitch or take to Goodwill. But when they get the volume they receive, they can make more of an impact. And your support helps. Questions?

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