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June 5, 2015 — The Boettcher Foundation is celebrating the first major expansion of its prestigious and competitive scholarship program following a generous donation that will allow the well-known program to expands its reach and impact. B. Grady and Lori Durham have donated funds to expand the Boettcher Scholar class from 40 to 42 students. As a result, even more high-achieving Colorado students will receive a comprehensive scholarship to the Colorado college or university of their choice. Grady Durham is the founder of Monticello Associates, a Denver-based investment management and consulting firm focused on endowment and foundation clients and high-networth families. The Durhams generous donation marks the first time that the class of Boettcher Scholars has expanded since the group size was set at 40 per year in the 1950s. The Durhams intend to fund two additional four-year awards in the scholarship program each year on an ongoing basis. This means that after four years – and each year thereafter – there will be a total of eight additional Scholars enrolled in college, with 42 students in each class, ranging from freshmen to seniors. “Much like the Boettcher family, I have had the great fortune of growing a successful business in Colorado, and, like the Boettchers, I believe it is important to give back to the state,” Grady Durham said. “I have had the opportunity to work closely with Colorado’s colleges and universities, and one of the advantages of making a gift to the Boettcher Foundation is that it allows us to support multiple colleges and universities in the state.” The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship was established in 1952 with the goal of keeping Colorado’s best minds in Colorado. The scholarship includes virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado college or university of each scholar’s choice, allowing them to build a Colorado network and use their immense talents to improve our communities right here at home. “We were familiar with the Boettcher Foundation and its process for selecting Colorado’s top students based on leadership, character, academics and service,” Lori Durham said. “As we considered options for a portion of our philanthropic giving, we determined that supporting Boettcher’s proven process, as well as the network of support that Boettcher Scholars receive throughout their lives, would be the best way for us to expand opportunities for Colorado’s brightest students.” Tim Schultz, president and executive director of the Boettcher Foundation, said the Durhams’ generous donation represents a new opportunity for the Boettcher Foundation to expand its impact. “We are honored that the Durhams have validated our process and our program by choosing to invest in expanding the Boettcher Scholarship,” Schultz said. “We hope other individuals who desire to support education in Colorado will follow the example set by the Durhams and consider investing in Boettcher Scholars.” Boettcher Scholars include more than 2,400 individuals who have gone on to make their marks in business, politics, academia and other endeavors. More than 50 percent of Boettcher Scholars remain in Colorado, and the network, which extends throughout the United States and overseas, includes a Nobel Prize winner, multiple Rhodes Scholars, U.S. Ambassadors and elected officials, as well as leaders in the business, academic and nonprofit communities. “We appreciate Grady and Lori Durham’s generosity,” said Ted Schlegel, chairman of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees. “We are grateful that they would make this incredible investment in Colorado’s worthy students, and we are honored to serve as careful stewards of their gift.” A full list of this year’s 42 Boettcher Foundation Scholars is attached. About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher, we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and highpotential organization, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. About the Boettcher Scholarship The Boettcher Foundation Scholarship includes virtually all expenses to attend the Colorado school of each scholar’s choice: full tuition, fees, a book allowance and an annual stipend for living expenses. The Scholarship also includes access to programming intended to further enable scholars to hone their talents and give back in their communities as well as an ongoing relationship with an international network of Boettcher Scholars. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303-285-6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org Aaron Aguero Faith Christian (CU) Michael Anthony Smoky Hill (DU) Amber Arline Pueblo West (CU) Vismaya Bachu Rock Canyon (CU) Anna Balaguer Fairview (CC) Delaney Brink Creede (DU) Sydney Burckhardt George Washington (CU) Morgan Carter Regis Jesuit (DU) Kelly Dinneen Littleton (CU) Jacquelyn English Northridge (DU) Veronica Fernandez-Diaz York International (CC) Sara Fleming Glenwood Springs (CC) Madison Gawler Denver South (DU) Ari Groobman Fairview (CU) Cynthia Gutierrez Standley Lake (DU) Hazel Hill Roosevelt (CU) Austin Johnson Rye (DU) Natalie Kalin Pine Creek (CSM) Laveen Khoshnaw William Mitchell (UCCS) Isaiah Koolstra Arickaree (CU) Claire Lamman Cañon City (CU) Blaine Larson Fowler (CSU) Sydney Levy Berthoud (CU) Faith McKenna Salida (DU) Renee Mehlman Denver School of the Arts (CC) Indica Mestas Centauri (CSM) Anna Phan Rangeview (CSU) Sarina Phu Standley Lake (DU) Andrea Poliakon Byers (UCCS) Madison Price Pueblo County (DU) Suraj Renganathan Fort Collins (DU) Daniel Renkert Denver South (CSM) Winter Roybal Pueblo West (CU) Jonathan Schlagel Berthoud (CSU) Serene Singh Rampart (CU) Logan Snyder Fowler (DU) Kayla Steffens Englewood (DU) Sidharth Tyagi Cherokee Trail (CU) Tori Uhland Eads (DU) Jacob Vendl Pine Creek (CU) Michael Voecks Peak to Peak (CU) Lauren Yehle Rock Canyon (DU) ...

June 4, 2015 – The Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees today announced its 2015 class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards program. The six new Boettcher Investigators work as faculty members and researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado Denver and Colorado State University. As part of the program, each Boettcher Investigator will receive a grant of $225,000 to cover up to three years of biomedical research activity. The innovative program encourages the “best and brightest” in Colorado bioscience and supports significant, impactful research to advance knowledge and positively impact human health. Additionally, it honors the Webb and Waring family legacies of scientific and public service. Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation, says: “The 2015 class of Boettcher Investigators represents Colorado’s most promising early-career scientists. We are proud to support their work to prevent disease and improve human health. We created the program to provide the critical funds emerging researchers need to grow their careers and open up promising new areas of inquiry.” April Giles, President & CEO of Colorado Bioscience Association (CBSA), says: “The Boettcher Foundation and the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards demonstrate Colorado’s leadership in bioscience and commitment to nurturing scientific talent. CBSA commends the Foundation for its significant, long-term commitment to recruiting, retaining and advancing scientific talent in our state through the Boettcher Investigators program.” The 2015 Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research program includes: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus James Costello, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology – Cancer systems biology and pharmacogenomics Santos J. Franco, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatric Stem Cell Biology – Brain stem cells in development and disease Melanie Cree Green, M.D., Ph.D., Instructor of Pediatric Endocrinology – Fatty liver in adolescents with polycystic ovarian syndrome University of Colorado Denver Aaron N. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology – Molecular mechanisms of congenital myopathies Erik B. Oleson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology – Dopaminergic contributions to behavior and psychopathology Colorado State University Tai Montgomery, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology – MicroRNA regulation of drug resistance With the addition of the 2015 Class, there are now 35 Boettcher Investigators conducting research at the following institutions: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Denver, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health, Colorado School of Mines and Colorado College. About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. Boettcher Investigators Class of 2015 Back row: Erik B. Oleson, Ph.D.; Melanie Cree Green, M.D., Ph.D.; Tai Montgomery, Ph.D.; Santos J. Franco, Ph.D. Front row: Aaron N. Johnson, Ph.D.; James Costello, Ph.D. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

The smallest things can make a big difference, and Boettcher Scholar Suzy Luff is proving that every day. Suzy, a junior at the University of Denver, is the founder of Hats 4 Hope—a Colorado nonprofit that provides hand-knit hats for premature newborns who are too small for standard hospital-issue hats. Not only do the hats provide warmth to tiny bodies that can’t regulate their temperatures; they also provide hope and connection for parents struggling with the overwhelming issues related to extremely premature births. A 2012 graduate of Colorado Springs Christian High School in Colorado Springs, Suzy started Hats 4 Hope after receiving a knitting loom in the eighth grade. She began knitting hats and donating them to her local neonatal intensive care unit. Not content to stop there, she visited classrooms at her school, recruited volunteers and hosted knitting parties to gather still more hats. Today, Hats 4 Hope has donated nearly 10,000 hats to neonatal intensive care units. The organization has grown to include five chapters outside Colorado, and it recently partnered with infant formula-maker Abbot Laboratories to lead a worldwide initiative to knit and donate hats in honor of World Prematurity Day. While she ultimately plans to be a middle school mathematics teacher, Suzy says there will always be room in her life for Hats 4 Hope. “I’m going to keep with it as long as there are volunteers to make them and hospitals to give them to,” she says....

Youth on Record is a Denver-based nonprofit founded by members of the band Flobots. The innovative nonprofit celebrated the grand opening of its Youth Media Studio, located in the Mariposa community in Denver, in the spring of 2015. Youth on Record has developed a curriculum that helps at-risk students—both in Denver Public Schools and residential treatment centers—re-engage with the educational system by contracting with working musicians who teach the students various aspects of music production via for-credit courses. These classes provide an incentive that keeps students committed to education while providing valuable skills for careers in arts production. Both the classes and the mentoring offered by Youth on Record’s musician-instructors empower and encourage young people in some of Denver’s most vulnerable communities to graduate and develop the skills they need to enter the workforce or pursue post-secondary education. The organization’s new Youth Media Studio was selected as the anchor tenant for the Denver Housing Authority’s award-winning La Mariposa redevelopment project based on its commitment to community, its cultural and artistic relevance, and its ability to reach and teach Denver’s most vulnerable youth populations. The Boettcher Foundation grant specifically helped to fund a community lounge space in the Youth Media Center where students can collaborate on poetry and lyrical projects. Several nationally known musicians, including Chali 2na, from the acclaimed Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli, have already led workshops in the space. The Boettcher Foundation was proud to support Youth on Record because of its culturally relevant and effective programming and its success in uniting members of Denver’s vibrant music scene together around an important educational cause....

December 4, 2014 — Eighteen Colorado nonprofits focused on social services programming have been awarded a combined $770,000 from the Boettcher Foundation to support capital campaigns. “The Boettcher Foundation is honored to support the organizations that are making a difference in the lives of Coloradans,” said Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation. “Whether they are feeding the hungry, providing programming for individuals with disabilities or assisting the most vulnerable members of our communities, these organizations embody Colorado’s collaborative spirit, and we are pleased to contribute to their work.” The projects selected for funding by the Board of Trustees represent efforts that provide social services in Colorado and include organizations addressing basic needs, self-sufficiency and protective services. Community enrichment projects selected for funding this year are: Adam’s Camp – Granby, $25,000 Toward construction of a new Adam's Camp facility at YMCA's Snow Mountain Ranch to expand therapy programming for children with disabilities Alternatives to Violence – Loveland, $35,000 Toward purchase and renovation of two facilities for a domestic violence safehouse and a counseling center Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado – Pueblo, $35,000 Toward purchase of warehouse and office space to facilitate processing and packaging bulk food for distribution in the Pueblo area Denver Inner City Parish – Denver, $25,000 Toward renovation of facility housing the Parish's La Academia, adult learning programs and community events Denver Rescue Mission – Denver, $100,000 Toward construction of new administrative facility and creation of Lawrence St. Community Center providing basic services to the homeless Easter Seals Colorado – Lakewood, $50,000 Toward purchase and renovation of a facility to house intergenerational programming for individuals with disabilities Elderhaus Adult Day Program – Fort Collins, $25,000 Toward purchase of a building to house an adult day program Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado – Denver, $60,000 Toward expansion of early learning center and family services center HomewardBound of the Grand Valley Inc. – Grand Junction, $75,000 Toward a separate shelter building for women and children and additional space for selfsufficiency programming House of Neighborly Service – Loveland, $75,000 Toward the “Life Center,” a hub for the Loveland community's social service organizations and nonprofit startups Intercambio: Uniting Communities – Longmont, $25,000 Toward purchase of a facility to expand capacity for programs supporting immigrants through education and community engagement Mental Health Center of Denver – Denver, $50,000 Toward a child and family community programming hub and mental health center in North Denver Parker Task Force for Human Services – Parker, $25,000 Toward construction of a new facility, which serves as Parker's social services hub Pikes Peak United Way – Colorado Springs, $15,000 Toward expansion of the 2-1-1 Call Center and reception area Ronald McDonald House Charities – Denver, $50,000 Toward the addition of 44 rooms to the Denver House to meet the increasing need of families with seriously ill children Servicios de La Raza – Denver, $25,000 Toward new headquarters facility to consolidate staff and services for low-income, Spanishspeaking community members St. Francis Center – Denver, $25,000 Toward renovation of the day shelter to improve safety, storage availability and shower capacity for homeless individuals Volunteers of America Colorado Branch – Denver, $50,000 Toward renovations to create a Veterans' Service Center providing comprehensive services for homeless veterans and their families About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

August 7, 2014 — The Boettcher Foundation has selected 20 Colorado nonprofits for grant funding toward community enrichment projects in the state. The projects will be awarded a total of $815,000 in support of capital projects. “From shared community spaces and historic preservation to game-changing youth development centers and concert venues, these projects represent some of the most innovative, thoughtful and ambitious campaigns being pursued by nonprofits in Colorado,” said Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation. “These projects have the potential to create powerful change in the communities where they are located, and we are proud to contribute to their progress.” The projects selected for funding by the Board of Trustees represent efforts that contribute toward community enrichment in the areas of arts and culture, youth development or community recreation and senior centers. Community enrichment projects selected for funding this year are: Artspace Loveland Arts Campus – Loveland, $50,000 Toward renovation of historic Feed & Grain building to provide community arts space Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities – Arvada, $35,000 Toward renovation of existing space to provide room for expanded programming Boomers and Beyond /City of Gunnison – Gunnison, $20,000 Toward expansion of Gunnison Community and Aquatics Center to create space for senior programming Cleo Parker Robinson Dance – Denver, $35,000 Toward renovation of performance space and dance studios Colorado FFA Foundation – Fort Collins, $50,000 Toward construction of new statewide Future Farmers of America training facility located at Colorado State University Colorado Music Festival & Center for Musical Arts – Lafayette, $30,000 Toward renovation of practice rooms and performance space Colorado Outward Bound School – Leadville, $40,000 Toward renovation and expansion of Leadville base camp facilities Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum – Colorado Springs, $25,000 Toward restoration of the museum's historic structure Crawford Town Hall and Community Center – Crawford, $25,000 Toward renovation of Crawford School for use as town hall and community center Crow Canyon Archaeological Center – Cortez, $50,000 Toward construction of facilities to house archaeological students and volunteers Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts of America – Denver, $40,000 Toward renovation of facility to allow for expanded programming Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) – Aurora, $50,000 Toward renovation and expansion of facility to increase classroom and programming space Elbert County Historical Museum – Kiowa, $10,000 Toward renovation of the museum and completion of "The Smoky Hill Trail" exhibit Historic Denver, Inc. – Denver, $45,000 Toward restoration and useable-space expansion of Molly Brown House Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc. – Denver, $25,000 Toward major renovations to the building's shared main lobby and entrance Levitt Pavilion Denver – Denver, $150,000 Toward construction of performance pavilion, which will provide 50 free community concerts annually, in Ruby Hill Park TEENS, Inc. – Nederland, $20,000 Toward expansion of existing facility to accommodate increased programming needs Pueblo Zoo – Pueblo, $25,000 Toward expansion of exhibits in the African Village area The Colorado Springs Conservatory – Colorado Springs, $40,000 Toward purchase and renovation of facility to be used for programming and performances Youth on Record – Denver, $50,000 Toward completion of headquarters space, youth media studio and classrooms About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...

Levitt Pavilion Denver is an exciting project that has the potential to reshape a neighborhood and provide cultural opportunities in an underserved community. Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver is a partnership between the City of Denver and the national nonprofit Levitt Pavilions. The group is currently raising funds to build an outdoor concert venue that will present at least 50 free, public concerts each year. The amphitheater will be built in Ruby Hill Park in southwest Denver. This community of low-income, working class families has largely been bypassed by the redevelopment activities that have taken place in other parts of Denver. Since 1974, Levitt Pavilions has partnered with cities across the country to transform under-utilized public spaces into outdoor music venues. At each of the other six Levitt Pavilion sites, the new outdoor amphitheaters have successfully transformed little-used spaces into vibrant community destinations that have helped to activate and improve the surrounding neighborhoods. The Boettcher Foundation was pleased to support this project with a capital grant not only because of the project’s commitment to create a cultural amenity accessible to an underserved neighborhood, but also because of its potential to activate the surrounding neighborhood. In addition, Levitt Pavilion Denver is forging partnerships with a number of nonprofits—including Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Symphony, Denver Zoo, Opera Colorado, Wonderbound and University of Colorado Denver’s Music & Entertainment Industry Studies Department—that would encourage collaboration while increasing cultural opportunities in southwest Denver....

The giant red heart painted on the exterior of the old Crawford school isn’t just for decoration. It’s a symbol of how locals view the 1913 structure that has come to be known as the “heart of the community.” The Western Slope town of Crawford and the surrounding area have a population of approximately 1,900, and the old schoolhouse served four generations of the community’s schoolchildren before being deeded to the town in 1982. Since that time it has served as the town hall and central community facility, playing host to public meetings, social gatherings, family reunions and annual events like Pioneer Days, Old Timers/New Comers potlucks and the annual Festival of Lights. In 2008, a series of public meetings were conducted to discuss the future of the building, which was in need of renovation. Residents overwhelmingly wanted to preserve and renovate the unique stone building for continued use as the town hall and community center. The renovation of the school building is being completed in two phases. The first phase consisted of the preservation and reconstruction of the exterior features of historic significance and was completed in 2012. The second phase includes preservation and reconstruction of the interior features of historic significance; electrical and mechanical upgrades; and remodeling the interior to provide space for larger groups, a commercial kitchen, two smaller meeting rooms, town hall offices and ADA-compliant bathrooms. The Boettcher Foundation was happy to support this project with a $25,000 grant, to be used as needed during both phases of the renovation. The Crawford Town Hall’s ability to connect and serve the community in a multi-use facility made it an ideal capital grant. While foundation and government resources have helped fund the project, the renovation would not have come to fruition without the steadfast support of community members who rallied to maintain this local institution....

June 3, 2014 – Seven early-career scientists are joining the ranks of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program, with today’s announcement from Theodore F. Schlegel, M.D., Chairman of the Boettcher Foundation Board of Trustees. “The Boettcher Foundation Board is pleased to celebrate our fifth class in this very specialized and important niche of biomedical research,” Schlegel said. “Our investigators now number 29, and several of our early Investigators are already achieving significant advancements in their areas of research.” The 2014 Class of Boettcher Investigators in the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program includes: Kunhua Song, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Medicine - Regenerative medicine and heart development/disease Roger A. Bannister, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cardiology Division - Skeletal and cardiac muscle physiology Subhajyoti De, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Personalized Medicine - Cancer genomics; lung cancer; somatic mutations; DNA damage and repair; algorithm development; optimization Loren Hough, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder, Assistant Professor of Physics - Structural biology of order and disordered proteins Christopher L. Gentile, PhD, Colorado State University, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition - Molecular causes of vascular dysfunction Amy B. Dounay, PhD, Colorado College, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry - Medicinal chemistry for African Sleeping Sickness Rachel L. Zemans, MD, National Jewish Hospital, Assistant Professor of Medicine - Resolution of Alveolar Epithelial Permeability after Lung Injury “The new class of Boettcher Investigators represents some of the finest scientific minds in the state, and we are honored to have the opportunity to support their research, which has the potential to have significant impacts on human health,” said Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation. Boettcher Investigators are awarded grants of $225,000, covering up to three years of research with a goal for these early-career scientists to establish themselves and become competitive for major awards from federal agencies and private foundations. With the addition of the 2014 Class, there are now 29 Boettcher Investigators conducting research in the following Colorado institutions: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado State University, National Jewish Health, Colorado School of Mines and Colorado College. The Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program was created in 2008, as the result of an innovative agreement among the Boettcher Foundation, the Webb-Waring Foundation for Biomedical Research and the University of Colorado. Through the program, the Boettcher Foundation now invests more than $1.5 million each year into efforts to increase Colorado's competitiveness in biomedical science. “We've made every effort to ensure that the legacies of the Webb and Waring families live on in the discovery of new knowledge to improve human health and in the advancement of young scientists,” Schultz said. When the leadership of the Boettcher Foundation set about establishing its Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Awards, one of the primary aims was to ensure that the funding was focused in an area where it would have the greatest impact. After intensive research and thoughtful consideration, it was determined that providing support to Early-Career Investigators during that critical gap between working under other researchers and securing major independent funding would be the most effective area the Foundation could support. Early-Career Investigators are faculty members who are four years or less from their first academic appointment at a research institution. The grants awarded by the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program support the work of the promising Early-Career Investigators in Colorado. Eligible investigators apply through a competitive process within their respective institutions. About the Boettcher Foundation At Boettcher we believe in the promise of Colorado and the potential of Coloradans. Every day we champion excellence across our state by investing in our most talented citizens and high-potential organizations, because supporting their hard work and leadership will enable them to give back for years to come. For more information, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kristi Arellano 303.285.6208 kristi@boettcherfoundation.org...