UPDATE: Gill points to other meeting spots

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A Gill Foundation representative contacted the Indy today to say that a decision on the fate of the shuttered Colorado Springs offices of the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado will come later than we originally reported.

A new renter or owner for the Costilla Street building will likely be announced in April or May.

——- ORIGINAL POST, MONDAY, 8:29 A.M. ——-

Mary Lou Makepeace, former head of the local Gay and Lesbian Fund, in front of the Costilla Street building
  • Mary Lou Makepeace, who led the local Gay and Lesbian Fund office, in front of the East Costilla Street building.

With the closing of the Colorado Springs branch of the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado at the end of 2011, many lost more than a favorite advocate for equal rights in the community. Local nonprofits, for instance, had used the Center's offices to host meetings, free-of-charge.

The Gill Foundation, the fund's parent and owner of the building, is aware of the loss and wants to help. I spoke with a Gill representative recently, who told me that the foundation hasn't yet decided what to do with its gorgeous building on East Costilla Street, but would likely make a call in February or March. It's not clear if the building will be sold or leased, or if the new occupant will allow the space to be used by nonprofits.

The representative, however, said the Gill Foundation has been trying to inform nonprofits of other free meeting spots available to them in Colorado Springs. She even had a list.

Since the closure affected so many organizations, the list seemed worth posting. Here it is:

Alternative free event space in Colorado Springs:

AspenPointe Café and Catering in the Citizen’s Service Center on Garden of the Gods Road
http://aspenpointe.org/
Contact: Karen Harding, 719.237.2380 or Karen.harding@aspenpointe.org
o 50 person meeting room with possibility of larger accommodations
o Onsite food and beverage (including Starbuck’s)
o AV equipment available
o Schedule in advance, based on availability

Pikes Peak United Way
www.ppunitedway.org
Reservation form must be made through the website; form on “Contact Us” page.
o Two rooms, one for 12-15 people, another with a kitchen holds 30-40 people
o Must bring own catering/food in
o Must bring all presentation equipment; Ethernet is available
o Schedule 2 weeks+ in advance

El Pomar Foundation, Penrose House Nonprofit Event & Conference Center
http://www.elpomar.org/what-we-do/penrose-house-conference-center
Reservation form must be made through the website.
Also open TWO Saturdays a month.
o Space is for nonprofit and gov’t entities, and only if they are not charging for the event and it is NOT a fundraiser.
o Approved caterers only.
o AV equipment available at no cost

Pikes Peak Library District — Community room in downtown branch, smaller rooms at the east branch (no fundraisers or costs associated with the event)

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments — Large training room available

Pikes Peak YMCA

Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau — meeting room available

Metropolitan Community Church — meeting room available, contact Rev. Wes Mullins revwmullins@gmail.com, 719.634.3771, www.ppmcc.org

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