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Red Cross Selects Katherine Loo as 2014 Humanitarian Hero

Colorado Springs, Colo., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 - Katherine Loo has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Humanitarian Hero Award by the American Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter. Katherine will receive the honor at the 2014 Colorado Springs Hometown Heroes Dinner, April 1, 2014, at the Antlers Hilton Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Katherine Loo is a long-time resident of Colorado Springs and well-known as a pillar of the community. Born and raised in Billings, Mont., Katherine studied political science and music at the University of Kansas. While at KU she met and married Dusty Loo and moved to his hometown of Colorado Springs.

Katherine has been a staunch supporter of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo since 1969. She helped take the zoo from a small, underfunded organization to a thriving tourist attraction that has recognized expertise in conservation and education. Katherine served on the Colorado Springs City Council for six years and served 10 years on the board of trustees of the Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, working hard to preserve much of Colorado’s land, water and forests.

Katherine, along with others, founded Artemis, a group that offers opportunities for women to network and make positive change in the community.
Katherine has received numerous awards including the Outstanding Community Citizen from the El Pomar Foundation, the Leadership Pikes Peak Outstanding Trustee Award, the National Philanthropy Day Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, the Karen Poehssell Unstoppable Woman Award and the Community Service Award from the Girl Scouts of Colorado.

“We selected Katherine because she is such a positive force in Colorado Springs,” said Tom Gonzalez, CEO of the Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter. “She is someone that believes in the community but not one to sit quietly on the side lines.”

The Hometown Heroes Dinner is an American Red Cross fundraiser that honors people and organizations who exemplify courage, kindness and unselfish character through their acts of heroism in our community. Proceeds from the event support the programs of the Red Cross Pikes Peak Chapter. If you would like to attend or support the Hometown Heroes Dinner please contact Tom Gonzalez by email at or by phone at 719-785-2701

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.