The foundation founded by Ed and Trudy Healy will be honored Oct. 7 as the 2017 philanthropist of the year by the Eastern New Mexico University Foundation and Alumni Association Awards at ENMU-Portales.
The private Healy Foundation, which is based in Taos, has been a "strong supporter of education and the arts [and] has contributed generously to ENMU's KENW-TV since 2008." The foundation is a main financial backer for "Report from Santa Fe," an interview series that airs on PBS and is hosted by veteran journalist Lorene Mills. Trudy Healy and Mills graduated together in 2006 from Leadership New Mexico, according to a statement from the university. With the foundation's support, the series has since been able to upgrade production equipment, utilize a more attractive set and shoot remotely with guests who are unable to come to the Santa Fe studio at the New Mexico Capitol.
"The Healy Foundation is proud to provide a clear voice for New Mexico's history and its living legacies through film and broadcasting," said Trudy Healy when asked why the foundation is committed to supporting KENW. "It is a unique opportunity for us to support a positive partnership with ENMU."
The foundation also is backing the KENW-produced documentary "Ol' Max Evans - The First Thousand Years," which is set to premiere at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival in October. The documentary explores the life of 93-year-old Evans, an accomplished writer, painter, miner, soldier, family man and calf-roping cowboy. In addition to its donations to Eastern New Mexico University, the foundation has funded programs to aid the farming industry at New Mexico State University. The foundation has also funded land and water projects at the University of New Mexico.