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Philanthropy Award: Marie Rowe

April 8, 2019

Marie Rowe — who has spent years donating her time and money to people and nonprofits across Broomfield — is known for going above and beyond.

Her friend Nancy Leonard, who met Marie and her husband Jon when the two joined the Broomfield United Methodist Church Choir more than 20 years ago, described Rowe as “generous, committed, caring and trustworthy.”

“Those who work with Marie know that she cares, whether it be a friendly greeting, a hug, a phone call or just the warmth of being in her presence,” Leonard said.

This year, Rowe was selected for the Heart of Broomfield Philanthropy Award.

Shirley Rotert, who has known Rowe for nearly 18 years, has worked with her through the same P.E.O. Sisterhood chapter. Over the years Rotert has seen Rowe’s willingness to assist with “whatever is needed.”

She described Rowe as someone rises to every opportunity to be of service.

“She’s one of those people who works tirelessly in the background never seeking recognition for her efforts,” Rotert said. “She just does this because she is a good person.”

Carina Martin, founder and CEO of A Precious Child, said she’s had the privilege to have Rowe’s support since she started the nonprofit in 2008.

“Marie is a well-respected leader in the community who is passionately driven to change the story of those less fortunate in our community,” Martin said in her nomination letter.

Over the years, Rowe has supported A Precious Child by donating her “time, talents and treasure” to further A Precious Child’s mission of serving families in need.

She was a part of the nonprofit’s first fundraising gala and volunteered hours to ensure its success, Martin said, and from day one has helped grow awareness of A Precious Child in the community and acted as a tireless advocate.

“Marie’s heart for the community of Broomfield is evident in her everyday life,” Martin said. “She is constantly seeking ways to help those in need and we are so lucky to have her a part of our community and our A Precious Child family.”

Rowe was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Broomfield Crossing and was active in establishing the initial club officers and the board of directors members. She currently serves as the Rotary Foundation chairwoman.

Rowe organized and led efforts to feed homeless people monthly for three years, worked with the Broomfield City Council to establish the Sister City relationship with Maruko, Japan.

She was a committee member of the Santa Visits event for 12 years and played “Mrs. Claus” and “Mother Christmas” for the rotary Christmas events.

“Her financial and physical backing is unwavering in support and well-being of others,” Gary McKee said. “The countless hours and money that she contributes to others being successful is exceptional.”

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, riosj@broomfieldenterprise.com or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios