Wrapping up 2018
We had an eventful year! The Honor Bell rendered 657 honors in 2018 — an average of nearly 13 per week. That was up from 525 honors rendered the previous year — a 25 percent increase. In addition to individual honors, we performed Bell Honors for unclaimed remains and honored a Pearl Harbor sailor.
We also brought the Honor Bell to 60 school and community events, including the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Red Rocks and a visit to the Cherry Creek Schools' Veterans Appreciation Football Game. We were also pleased to attend an exhibit featuring Bell artifact donors and others interred at Fort Logan produced by students in the University of Denver's History department.
We bade a sad farewell to our founder and Executive Director, Louis Olivera, who died in July, and welcomed a new Director of Bell Honors, Tracy Turner, in August. Michelle Mallin returned to the Foundation to serve as its new Executive Director, and we welcomed new board members late in the year as well.
Financially, we finished 2018 strong, and are continuing to work hard to ensure that Bell Honors, Veteran Outreach, and Community Education programming can be sustained in 2019 and beyond. Thank you to every single one of you who have donated, to our Community Partners, and to our institutional supporters for believing in the Honor Bell's mission!