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Community First Foundation Receives 2016 Community Partnership Award

 ARVADA, Colo. (October 11, 2016) – Community First Foundation is honored to receive the 2016 Community Partner of the Year award from the Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA), City of Arvada and the AEDA Business Retention Committee.

“We are delighted to honor Community First Foundation,” says Ryan Stachelski, AEDA Executive Director. “The Foundation’s capital investment in Arvada and their corporate culture makes them a natural choice for this recognition. They are a true community partner and we are pleased and proud that the organization makes it home in our community.”

“Arvada is our home and we are especially proud to be recognized by the AEDA, City of Arvada and the AEDA Business Retention Committee,” says Marla J. Williams, president and CEO of Community First Foundation. “We look forward to continuing to work with the city’s business, government and nonprofit leaders to improve quality of life and create positive change in this strong and vibrant community.”

Visit YouTube to watch a video about why the Foundation was chosen for the Community Partnership Award.

For more information on the AEDA and the 2016 Awards of Distinction, visit

Community First Foundation’s Marla J. Williams and Peggy Jennings accept the 2016 Community Partnership Award from Jodi Thomas, AEDA Board Vice President, Marc Williams, Mayor of the City of Arvada, and Congressman Ed Perlmutter.

About Community First Foundation
Since 1975, Community First Foundation has been helping generous donors and innovative nonprofits come together to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond. We serve as a connector, partner, collaborator and resource to fuel the power of community for the greater good. We are proud to use our energy, leadership and trusted stewardship of financial resources to energize giving across our state, strengthen nonprofits, support donors and find new ways to address community needs. For more information, visit