United Way of Weld County 2019 Humanitarian Award recipients Scott and Holly Ehrlich are joined by UWWC President and CEO Jeannine Truswell, left, at the 31st annual Leaders in Giving Tillers Club reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park on Dec. 3.

 

Scott and Holly Ehrlich of Greeley were honored as United Way of Weld County’s 2019 Humanitarian Award recipients at the 31st annual Leaders in Giving Tillers Club Reception at the DoubleTree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park on Dec. 3. The Ehrlichs join a list of humanitarian honorees dating back to 1989 when United Way of Weld County named Kenneth W. Monfort as its first recipient.
“Scott and Holly have helped shape our community and affected the lives of thousands through their leadership and generosity,” said Jeannine Truswell, president and CEO of United Way of Weld County. “Their actions inspire all of us to help those less fortunate, to be problem solvers with great vision for a better future and to roll up our sleeves to make positive things happen for our community.”

From being longtime investors in United Way of Weld County, being a leader in United Way’s car voucher incentive for donors, starting the Aims College Promise Scholarship Program, supporting the Boys & Girls Club of Weld County, Greeley Blues Jam, Greeley-Evans School District 6 and involvement throughout their children’s time in the schools, the vision for Doubletree by Hilton Greeley at Lincoln Park, growth of their automobile dealerships and giving back to people through the business, growth and progress of downtown Greeley and North Colorado Economic Development, the Ehrlichs have their hands all over the community.

“There are a number of things that I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in,” Scott, 57, said. “And having been born and raised here and knowing so many people in the community, many of them older than me, many of them my age, people that are really smart and really care about the community, that’s what a lot of times led to opportunities to do things like the new hotel or like building a second building for the Boys & Girls Club many years ago. To get a jump in and help go out and get the resources to do those things are really beneficial, especially when those things are going to have a long-term impact on the community.”

Holly, 58, added: “There’s a lot of satisfaction in meeting those other like-kinded people who also want to give back. It’s true the saying the more you give, the more you receive. That’s been true in our lives. Because of what we’ve been able to give, we’ve received so much more in so many ways. We can take satisfaction in knowing that our efforts have been supported and other people also agree that all of this is important and it builds a better community.”

Scott and Holly said receiving the Humanitarian Award was a great honor.

“I’m very honored to get this. I certainly didn’t expect it, and it’s humbling,” Scott said. “The list of people on there, I’ve been fortunate enough to know many of them and know that they’re the kind of people that I love to be associated with.”

Holly said she’s very humbled that they were in the position to be considered for the honor.

“When you’re busy doing all of this in your life, you don’t ever think about the acknowledgement or the recognition that might come,” Holly said. “But it’s really meaningful to have that occur. It’s pretty amazing.”

The Ehrlichs designated the proceeds of the Leaders in Giving Tillers Club reception wine auction to benefit Household Stability, a main focus area that United Way of Weld County is addressing to help all Weld County residents attain and maintain stable housing.

Randy Watkins, current board chairman for United Way of Weld County, added: “This award was created to recognize those who rendered outstanding volunteer and philanthropic service. Scott and Holly join an outstanding list of past recipients.”

The list includes:

Scott and Holly Ehrlich, 2019
Tim and Sally Warde, 2018
Wes and Karen Goehring, 2017
Stow and Maggie Witwer, 2016
Bruce and Kay Broderius, 2015
Dick and Reva Bond, 2014
George and Betty Hall, 2013
Dick and Irene Boettcher, 2012
Lee and Colleen Yoder, 2011
Jean and Pete Morrell, 2010
Herrick and Diane Garnsey, 2009
Dick Monfort, 2008
Ken Whitney, 2007
Dr. Tony and Sarah Fink, 2006
Donald Cummins, 2005
Dr. Richard Kemme, 2004
Jean Hoshiko, 2003
Norm and Bonnie Dean, 2002
Frank and Donna Lakin, 2001
Julianne Haefeli, 2000
Harold and Carol Evans, 1999
Kay Kosmicki, 1998
W.D. Farr, 1997
Don Cook, 1996
Mike Geile, 1995
Larry Menefee, 1994
Joe Tennessen, 1993
John and Tate Todd, 1992
Harold and Florence Winograd, 1991
Robert and Betty Tointon, 1990
Kenneth W. Monfort, 1989