We are proud to announce Pete Mugasis as our 2010 Citizen of the Year! We presented him with this award at our Annual Banquet on February 6, 2011.
Pete moved to Penrose in 1999 from Colorado Springs. He worked for Memorial Hospital & commuted to & from the Springs, until he & his wife opened Coyote's Coffee Den in Penrose in 2002.
Believing strongly in the importance of "giving back" to the community in which he lives & works, Pete served as President of the Penrose Chamber of Commerce from January 2005 to January 2010. He is now serving as Chairperson for the Penrose Chamber of Commerce's website committee. He also works with local historians helping keep Penrose history alive.
In 2003 he began Saturday Live, offering live music during the summer months at Coyote's in Penrose. Designed to be an event for the whole family, the phrase "Never a cover & bring a lawn chair" says it all. What started with a dozen or so attendees soon grew to crowds of 100 or more. Over the years Pete has brought some truly outstanding musicians to Penrose. He always marvels at how much the "locals" appreciate all types of music & he strives to add new talent every year.
Every Holiday season Pete offers Coyote's as a venue for the Chamber-sponsored "Apple Country Memories". Through the dedication of many chamber volunteers & community members, this has become a much anticipated event for all of Fremont County's residents.
Pete is an example of how each of us can bring something worthwhile to our community & enrich the lives of those around us. If asked, he would say it was he who has been enriched by the opportunity to live & work in Penrose. Coyote's Coffee Den has grown to 4 locations at this time.
Pete grew up the youngest of 5 children, all girls except for him. He enjoys dancing and he taught dance for approximately 5 years. He loves the mountains and takes his old jeep for trips into the mountains as often as possible. He has been married to Rhea for 25 years, and has 2 stepsons and 3 grandchildren.
Pete Mugasis is truly deserving of this honor through all the many ways he has brought about a bettering of life and culture to the Penrose community.