Bequests to center, library from long-time Westsider

       The West Intergenerational Center and the Old Colorado City Branch Library got major boosts recently with bequests of $150,000 each.
       The donations were made in the name of Westside resident Ila Colbert, after her death last year at age 87.
       She had been married to Wesley Colbert, who died two years ago at age 84.
       “They built their own home on Friendship Lane,” explained Shirley Gravatt, whose brother was Ila's husband. “They had lived on the Westside since the 1950s.”
       They were also “very private people,” Gravatt said. As a result there has been no fanfare about either bequest, other than appreciative mention at a City Council meeting of the aid to the West Center.
       “It was 'like wow' generous,” commented Delores Fowler of the Pikes Peak Library District. “We're so grateful.”
       The money will greatly help the Old Colorado City branch's Carnegie Library restoration effort, which has been funded almost entirely with grants and donations, she said.
       A plaque honoring the Colberts' contribution will appear in the entryway, she added.
       For West, Ila Colbert had specifically directed the bequest be used for senior programs. And, this wish is being carried out, according to E.D. Rucker, director of the West Center.
       “It was a nice gift,” he said. “We had to come up with a budget so the money could be used wisely.”
       The focus will be on senior programs that address quality of life, enrichment and health issues. “We'll do it until the money runs out,” Rucker said. “It will last a few years.”

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