COGA Raises Over $200,000 for Tennyson Center

Colorado Oil and Gas Association


February 26, 2018


Scott Prestidge

DENVER – Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) members raised more than $200,000 for the Tennyson Center for Children, while also recognizing its 2018 Community Service Award winners at COGA’s recent Mardi Gras Ball.

Tennyson Center for Children is dedicated to helping children who have experienced severe abuse, neglect, and/or trauma so they can bravely, and safely, change their life’s story.

“I was so inspired by the generosity of the companies and individuals that make up the COGA family. Their energy and passion for Tennyson Center will enable us to help more kids and families in the Colorado communities, like Weld County, where COGA members live and work,” Tennyson Center for Children CEO, Ned Breslin, said.

COGA Chairman, Chip Rimer, Senior Vice President of Noble Energy, said, “The work that the Tennyson Center does on behalf of children and families is truly inspirational. I am gratified and humbled by the generosity that our industry has shown to this outstanding community partner. By working together, we can make a difference in the lives of countless children for years to come.”

COGA President and CEO Dan Haley said “the Tennyson Center’s leadership and staff work tirelessly to support children and give them a chance at a new beginning. Our hats are off to the organization and their entire team for lifting up our community and providing real life second chances to those who deserve it most. Ned and his team are among our community’s brightest lights.”

Community Service Awards

Presented annually to an individual, a small company, and a large company within the energy industry that demonstrates significant contribution and service to Colorado communities.

Individual Community Service Award

Terry Peltes received the Individual Community Service Award. Terry, CEO of Energes, logged over 250 volunteer hours last year through his service on non-profit boards and committees, and by rolling up his sleeves to make sack lunches for people in transitional housing, serving hot lunches on Wednesdays to families in temporary housing, volunteering at 5:30 am on

Saturdays serving the homeless in downtown Denver, and collecting food at food drives or turkeys for families during the holiday.

Peltes is deeply committed to making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in our community and uses every available “pulpit” to raise awareness of the enormous social needs right in our own backyard.

Small Company Community Service Award

Bill Barrett Corporation received the Small Community Service Award. Since the company was founded in 2002, BBC has demonstrated a commitment to the communities in which they operate. In 2017, they renewed the company’s focus of encouraging their employees to become engaged in their communities by volunteering for non-profits, community boards, sports teams, and other organizations.

They worked to organize several company-sponsored volunteer events – three of those totaled over 150 hours in 2017. Combined with other volunteer efforts, they had hundreds of hours of volunteer hours across Colorado. They have supported dozens of organizations including 4H, the American Red Cross, Colorado Therapy Horses, Denver Rescue Mission, National MS Society, Special Olympics, and the Tennyson Center. And they raised a collective $336,000 to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association fight neuromuscular diseases. The company also made in-kind contributions including providing materials for fences and supplying potable water for Colorado Therapy Horses’ new equine therapy facility, and donating surplus culverts to the Wild Animal Sanctuary to be used for creating animal habitats.

Large Company Community Service Award

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation received the Large Company Community Service Award. Over the past decade, Anadarko has invested more than $10 million back into communities across Colorado through their long-standing partnerships with hundreds of nonprofit organizations. In 2017, this total exceeded $1.3 million to over 100 non-profits across the state.

Their employees are dedicated servant leaders in communities across the Front Range, giving of both their time and talent to the organizations they are passionate about. The company focuses on social investment and community engagement initiatives on three primary areas: - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) Education - Preserving our western heritage and conservation - Building stronger communities by addressing the basic needs (food, housing, energy) of the most at-risk members of our community.

Anadarko employees donated more than 5,000 hours of their time in 2017 to local nonprofit organizations. From building a home for a veteran family, teaching elementary-aged children about financial literacy to building trails and more.

“Oil and gas employees don’t just work in the communities where they operate, they live there too and want to support healthy, thriving communities. Nowhere is this reality better demonstrated than through the thousands of hours and millions of dollars our members and their employees have spent volunteering and giving back,” Haley said.

“The winners of our Community Service Awards rarely get enough recognition for their efforts, and that’s fine because, to them, it’s not about the credit. It’s about a belief that they can and should strive to make our world a better place.”

About COGA

Founded in 1984, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association’s (COGA) mission is to foster and promote the beneficial, efficient, responsible and environmentally sound development, production and use of Colorado oil and natural gas. COGA is a nationally recognized trade association that aggressively promotes the expansion of Rocky Mountain natural gas markets, supply, and transportation infrastructure through its growing and diverse membership.

About Tennyson Center for Children

Tennyson Center for Children provides residential, in-home, and K-12 classroom-based therapeutic services to Colorado children. The children Tennyson Center for Children serves are survivors of severe abuse or neglect or have significant mental health or developmental issues. Tennyson Center is often seen as the last resort for children who have nowhere else to go. Tennyson Center for Children has been changing lives and giving hope to children and families since 1904.

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