Margaret Lane gracefully lived up to Julie Penrose’s ideals.

When Lane was a young teenager, her family moved to Colorado Springs, where she studied at North Junior High School, Colorado Springs High School (now William J. Palmer High School), and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

Lane, who preferred to be called Margot, was posthumously honored with the first Julie Penrose Award last week.



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Trustee of the El Pomar Foundation and Phil Lane, son of Julie Penrose Prize winner Margot Lane. From left, back row: William Hybl, R. Thayer Tutt Jr., Andrea Aragon, Nechie Hall, Dave Palenchar and Matt Carpenter. From left, front row: Judy Bell and Phil Lane



A reception and presentation ceremony on the evening of August 12th was enjoyed by a cheerful crowd of 65 guests gathered in the gardens of Penrose House, the former home of pioneering couple Spencer and Julie Penrose of Colorado Springs.

August 12th was chosen as the date as it is the 151st birthday of Julie Penrose.

Lane loved Colorado Springs and became an active and energetic member of the community, serving on several councils and serving in leadership roles. In the late 1970s, she was president of the Junior League, active for the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, First Presbyterian Church, and Young Life.

Lane’s son Phil Lane paints a picture of his mother. “My mother was a fabulous wife and mother. She was instrumental in the success of our family business and a real partner to my father. She loved this community! “



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Phil Lane, son of Margot Lane, receives the first Julie Penrose Award for his mother from Judy Bell, Trustee of the El Pomar Foundation and Chair of the Awards Committee.



Phil Lane believes that one of Margot Lane’s most outstanding qualities was, “She was always there when she was with you – no matter what.”

Lane was a current generation woman who made the kind of contributions Julie Penrose made in her lifetime.

The Julie Penrose Award was led by the Trustees of the El Pomar Foundation three years ago, and in 2020 the award was set up to be presented annually to an outstanding woman in the Colorado Springs community. Colorado Springs City Council went a step further and passed a resolution recognizing August 12th as Julie Penrose Day.

Andrea Aragon, trustee of the El Pomar Foundation, said the trustees felt it was important to recognize Ms. Penrose’s achievements and to honor other women who set an example of leadership and community engagement.

“I feel blessed to be part of the foundation that honors women in this way,” said Aragon. “I look forward to learning more about future award winners and seeing the inspiration they will provide for other women in the future.”

During a brief ceremony, Mayor John Suuthers recognized Mrs. Lane as a female trailblazer in a male-dominated area that had a significant impact on the community. As Colorado Springs celebrates its 100th anniversary, Mayor Suthers emphasized the synchronicity of Julie Penrose and Margot Lane as philanthropic visionaries.

Trustee of the El Pomar Foundation, Nechie Hall, remembers Margot Lane as one of the funniest, most thoughtful, and insightful women she has ever known – someone who “would make it happen!” Hall emphasized the importance of being strong Recognize female leaders in the community.

Judy Bell, Foundation Curator and Chair of the Julie Penrose Award Committee, said, “Margot believed in the spirit and potential of Colorado Springs … she was one of the warmest, friendliest people I have ever met.”

Bell added, “If you live the way she did, you will leave your mark!”



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Trustee of the El Pomar Foundation and Phil Lane, son of Julie Penrose Prize winner Margot Lane. From left, back row: William Hybl, R. Thayer Tutt Jr., Andrea Aragon, Nechie Hall, Dave Palenchar and Matt Carpenter. From left, front row: Judy Bell and Phil Lane



Phil Lane gratefully accepted the Julie Penrose Award on behalf of his mother and family members. “I am honored to accept this award for you … I hope that my family will be good ancestors for this community.”

Margot Lane and her second husband, John Francis, were married for 3 ½ years before her death in 2017. “She made friends almost everywhere,” he says. “She was always on the move – no grass grew under her feet.”

In 1997, Lane and her first husband, also named John, established the Lane Foundation, which continues to support community development and faith-based initiatives. Three family members, including Phil Lane (CEO), currently serve on the board. The foundation is focused on promoting the Colorado Springs community and continuing the progressive legacy that came from Margot and John Lane.

The Julie Penrose Award is presented annually to an outstanding woman who follows the example and accomplishments of Ms. Penrose through investing and serving in the Colorado Springs community.



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Lane family members: from left: Anita and Phil Lane (daughter-in-law and son); Marilyn Lane (sister-in-law); Jill Ladwig (niece); and John Francis (second husband).



Margot Lane’s photo and biography now hang prominently in the newly created Julie Penrose Room on the first floor of Penrose House. In the years to come, future winners will join this remarkable cast of outstanding local women.

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