On Tuesday, August 9, El Pomar Foundation presented Nancy Richardson with the annual Julie Penrose Award, an award which honors philanthropic women within the state of Colorado. The award connects these women with the legacy of the Foundation’s co-founder Julie Penrose, who supported the arts, education, health and civic ventures across the state throughout her life.
In 1998, Nancy and her husband, Curt, created Otter Products, LLC, a leading provider of protective cases for handheld devices. In 2010, Nancy founded OtterCares Foundation, the company’s philanthropic branch, with a mission of inspiring youth to change the world through philanthropic and entrepreneurial education.
Nancy’s involvement in her community extends beyond her work with Otter Products and OtterCares. She also focuses her time and efforts on serving the community through the Richardson Foundation, Blue Ocean Enterprises, Inc., Blue Ocean Holdings, LLC and Rescue Freedom International. Nancy previously served on El Pomar Foundation’s North Regional Council.
The Trustees of El Pomar selected Nancy as this year’s award recipient due to the extent of her philanthropic endeavors and her deep care for community. She is a stand-out among the many women in Colorado who live up to Julie Penrose’s legacy.
“She started what we would call a ripple effect, which begins when the stone of generosity is thrown. The ripple, or impact, continues long after the stone hits the water,” Nancy said at the award ceremony, referring to Julie Penrose.
In her speech, Nancy continued to reflect on the importance of generosity, recalling a time before the success of Otter Products when she and her family were struggling financially. During this period, someone anonymously left groceries and infant supplies at their front door. This person is still unknown to Nancy, but she emphasized the lasting impact this act of kindness had on her and her family, an impact that echoes through the work she does now.
El Pomar Foundation congratulates Nancy on her achievements, and thanks her for her service to the people of Colorado.