State group honors Grand Junction philanthropist

Nonprofit association cites Bacon's gifts to community

Herb Bacon



Herb Bacon has been giving to the Western Slope community for the past 60 years. On Tuesday, he received a little something in return.

About 250 people who attended a breakfast in Bacon’s honor gave him a standing ovation as he was bestowed the Steven Graham Nonprofit Capacity Building Award from the Colorado Nonprofit Association.

Bacon, a philanthropist who heads the Bacon Family Foundation, has contributed to bettering the lives of western Colorado residents. The award coincides with Colorado Nonprofit Week.

“Herb is committed to making a difference for individuals living in the margins, those struggling with serious health issues, mental illness, abuse and poverty,” according a news release from Hilltop Community Resources.

Bacon is a former board member and contributed to the campaign for the Life Adjustment Program. The agency named the living quarters for the program, the Bacon Campus.

Bacon’s accomplishments include induction into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame and being named one of the 25 statewide legendary leaders as a philanthropist by the Community Resource Center in Denver.

He has contributed to arts, human services and a number of quality of life causes in the Grand Valley. He has given to Colorado Mesa University, United Way of Mesa County, Partners and the Western Colorado Center for the Arts. He is a founding member of several nonprofit organizations, including United Way and the Western Colorado Community Foundation.

Herb even has his own day. In 2010, on his 80th birthday, Grand Junction city councilors named Jan. 24 Herb Bacon Day.

On Tuesday morning, Bacon was honored by a sold-out crowd that assembled at Two Rivers Convention Center.

“We wanted to give him some well deserved recognition,” said Michaelle Smith, vice president of Senior Life Options at Hilltop.

The accomplishments of two others were celebrated alongside Bacon. Tom Eatwell, the chairman of the board of the Community Food Bank, was honored with the White Ribbon Leadership Award. Dave Beck, manager of MBC Grand Radio, was recognized for philanthropy in Mesa County’s business community.


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