Community Legacy Award
Larry and Kay Edwards
presented by First Western Trust
The Community Legacy Award is given annually to a Northern Colorado family that demonstrated philanthropy and volunteerism through multiple generations.
Kay and Larry Edwards
For more than 50 years, Larry and Kay Edwards have been a bedrock of philanthropy in Northern Colorado. Larry, a University of Nebraska Kearney alumnus, and Kay, a graduate of Colorado State University, are active supporters of their alma maters, including the creation of scholarships. In 2015, they were recognized with CSU’s Jim and Nadine Henry Award, presented to alumni who exemplify extraordinary service to CSU and its academic, athletic and alumni programs. In 1970, Kay joined the Fort Collins Symphony Women’s Guild and now serves as an emeritus member of the Fort Collins Symphony Board. During the past 22 years, a total of 38 symphony chairs have been endowed under Kay’s leadership as endowment chair. For her invaluable contributions, she has been named as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Friends of the Symphony.
“We have always wanted to give back to the city that has been so good to us and have shared our plans and purpose with our children, who have contributed so much in their own lives,” says Kay. In 1971, Larry founded the Light Center, the area’s largest collection of interior and exterior lighting and accessories. Now owned by their daughter, Jennifer Johnson, the Light Center continues to support causes such as RamStrength, Homeward Alliance, and Project Self Sufficiency. Their other daughter Susan Petersen serves as the Development Director of Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS), enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities. Their son Dr. Robert Gross, MD is a corneal surgeon in Phoenix, AZ and serves as Medical Director of the Donor Network of Arizona Eye Bank. Their youngest son Jonathan “Jono” Edwards enjoys donating his time and creativity producing videos for various organizations and artists. In 2019, their 18-year-old grandson, Andrew Petersen was named the Youth Philanthropist of the year for spearheading the effort to ban plastic bags in all grocery stores in Steamboat Springs.