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03 Jun Boettcher Foundation announces 2014 Boettcher Investigators; Celebrating fifth class of Colorado’s Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program

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...
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22 May Boettcher Foundation welcomes new administrative assistant

May 22, 2014 — The Boettcher Foundation has hired Cindy Gregory as its new administrative assistant.  Gregory joins the Boettcher Foundation following a career spent as both a 911 dispatcher and as an administrative assistant for a mining company. Her 21 years as a dispatcher provided Gregory with an opportunity to help others while working in an environment that was constantly changing. The experience also made her an expert at prioritizing, multitasking and remaining calm under pressure – skills that have served her well as an administrative assistant. Gregory grew up in metro Denver and graduated from Golden High School. She is an avid triathlete and gardener. She enjoys spending time with her four children and her six young grandchildren. “We are so excited to welcome Cindy to our team,” said Boettcher Foundation Vice President and Assistant Executive Director Katie Kramer. “Her mix of skills and her warm, friendly personality make her the ideal person for this role, particularly since she will be the first person most people encounter when they reach out to the Boettcher Foundation.” High resolution photo available upon request. 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...
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06 May 40 Colorado high school stand-outs awarded prestigious and valuable Boettcher Foundation Scholarships

May 6, 2014 — After rigorously considering more than 1,600 applicants, the Board of Trustees of the Boettcher Foundation has selected 40 Colorado high school seniors to receive the 2014 Boettcher Foundation Scholarship. Boettcher Scholars are awarded virtually full-ride, meritbased scholarships to attend a four-year college or university within the State of Colorado. The list of Boettcher Scholars includes some of the most promising young people from across the state. “The goal of the Boettcher Scholarship program is to keep the best talent in Colorado here by connecting them with the outstanding opportunities offered by our in-state institutions,” said Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We know that these students will become leaders on their campuses and continue serving others with their gifts, thereby contributing to the greater Colorado community.” Now in its 62nd year, the Boettcher Scholarship program has awarded more than 2,300 scholarships, with more than $3 million paid out each year. This places the program among the largest merit-based scholarship programs in the nation. The 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 award is granted for eight semesters or twelve quarters at either a public or private four-year college or university in the state, provided the Scholar maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0. “The selection process to earn this competitive award is extremely rigorous. Each year, we have literally hundreds of students who rank number one in their class, are student body presidents, National Honor Society officers, musicians, star athletes, entrepreneurs and accomplished community volunteers,” said Tiffany Anderson, Scholarship Program Director. “Choosing just 40 is always hard, but this year it was especially difficult. There are many promising students in Colorado. We’re proud to have these 40 representing the Boettcher family.” Scholar names and photos follow. High-resolution images available upon request. 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 Bryce Anderson-Gregson Boulder (DU) David Andrews Monarch (CC) Amelia Atencio Mapleton Expeditionary School of the Arts (CC) Ellis Aune RGeorge Washington (CU) William Austin Paonia Senior (CSM) Maria Brock Arapahoe (CSU) Josephine Buckley Berthoud (CSU) Amanda Cary Northridge (CU) Elisabeth Collins ThunderRidge (CU) Francis Commercon Highlands Ranch (CSU) Virginia Creager Frederick (DU) Torrey Davis Swink (CU) Natalia Dellavalle Denver East (CC) Lindsey Deringer Poudre (CC) Piper Doering Lyons Middle/Sr (CU) Haley Donathan Delta (DU) Timothy Finnegan Skyline (CSU) Jasmine Gallegos Centauri (CU) Anna Gilbertson Fort Collins (CC) Simon Hafner Legacy (CU) Jaynee Halverson Valley (CSU) Elizabeth Hoffner Homeschool (DU) Manjing Jiang Sand Creek (CU) Tabitha Kalin Pine Creek (CSM) Holly Ketterman Pueblo Centennial (CSM) Abigail Lock Montezuma-Cortez (Ft. Lewis) Kristiana Longfield Manitou Springs (CU) Anne Lonowski Poudre (CU) Allyson Malecha Broomfield (DU) Paul Marchando Highlands Ranch (CU) Lindsey Paricio Smoky Hill (CSU) Reilly Quist Vision Charter Academy (CU-Denver) Jared Russell Pueblo South (CC) Katrina San Nicolas Northridge (CSM) Sophia Schneider Palmer (CU) Morgan Smith Air Academy (DU) Noah Starbuck Peak to Peak (CU) Brandon Thomas Gateway (CU) Marc Thomson Heritage (CU) Madeline Walden Castle View (CC) ...
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17 Apr Boettcher Foundation awards $825,000 for higher-education projects

April 17, 2014 — Nine of Colorado’s higher-education institutions got a significant boost toward their efforts Thursday with the announcement of capital grant awards from the Boettcher Foundation. The nine institutions were awarded a total of $825,000 for capital projects. “From classrooms that will train the next generation of scientists to student centers that serve as vital community hubs, these projects represent some of the most innovative and impactful projects being pursued by the state’s higher-education institutions,” said Tim Schultz, Boettcher Foundation President and Executive Director. “We are proud to contribute to their progress and look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition.” The projects selected for funding by the Board of Trustees represent efforts that contribute to the broad goals of community building, student engagement, and workforce and economic development. The impact of these nine projects is expected to extend well beyond the students they serve to have significant positive impact in the communities around them. “When we determine which projects to fund, we seek out those that fulfill the Boettcher Family’s original mission of improving the lives of Coloradans, and this year’s education grant recipients embody that goal,” Schultz said. This year’s higher education grant recipients are: Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, $150,000 Funding toward renovation and expansion of library, allowing it to respond to a changing research climate that is more reliant on digital data access and online research skills Colorado Northwestern Community College, Rangely, $75,000 Funding toward renovation and expansion of 50-year-old Rector Science Building, adding state-of-the-art classroom, laboratory and lecture spaces Colorado State University, Fort Collins, $50,000 Funding toward renovation and expansion of the student center so that it may accommodate future enrollment growth and continue to function as a campus hub Colorado State University – Pueblo, Pueblo, $150,000 Funding toward renovation and expansion of the student center to create an inviting, dynamic and modern facility with retail, conference space and residential dining Front Range Community College, Westminster, $100,000 Funding toward completion of a comprehensive campus renovation and expansion project, including a greenhouse for the college’s horticulture and landscape program Lamar Community College, Lamar, $25,000 Funding toward construction of new student housing to allow the college to accommodate growth in enrollment from outlying rural communities University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, $75,000 Funding toward expansion of the CU Depression Center so that it may continue to provide state-of-the-art clinical services, research and educational programming University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, $100,000 Funding toward completion of BioFrontiers Building, a facility that fosters collaboration between scientists and students from multiple disciplines to further the field of bioscience University of Colorado Denver, Denver, $100,000 Funding toward construction of a new academic and student support services building that will centralize student services and provide dedicated classroom space Since its inception, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded more than $320 million to Colorado nonprofits, furthering their missions and touching hundreds of thousands of Coloradans. In addition to capital grant funding for educational institutions, the Boettcher Foundation provides capital grants to nonprofits in the social services and community enrichment arenas. For more information, visit boettcherfoundation.org/home/capital-grants. 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...
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02 Apr Boettcher Foundation Vice President Katie Kramer named to “40 Under 40”

April 2, 2014  — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to congratulate its Vice President and Assistant Executive Director, Katie Kramer, who was named one of the Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for 2014. Each year, the Denver Business Journal recognizes “young, dynamic, up-and-coming leaders” under age 40 for their business success and community contributions. Winners were selected from more than 380 nominations and were recognized at a luncheon and awards ceremony March 21. Kramer joined the Boettcher Foundation as a graduate fellow in 1997 and ascended to the vice president’s role at age 26. In addition to her leadership at the foundation, Kramer is active in the community, serving as president of the National Scholarship Providers Association and as chair-elect of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation. Read the full “40 Under 40” profile here. High-resolution photos available upon request. 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...
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11 Feb Boettcher Foundation adds two prominent leaders to board of trustees

February 11, 2014 — The Boettcher Foundation is pleased to announce that Kenzo Kawanabe and Judith B. Wagner have been elected to the board of trustees. Comprised of 12 Colorado business and community leaders, the Board of Trustees is responsible for oversight of the Boettcher Foundation, including support and preservation of its vision and mission. “Kenzo and Judi have proven themselves as respected business leaders who are dedicated to community service,” said Tim Schultz, President and Executive Director of the Boettcher Foundation. “We are honored that they are bringing their insight and passion to the Boettcher Foundation, and we are certain they will help us further the mission and values set forth by the Boettcher Family.” Kenzo Kawanabe is a partner and commercial trial lawyer with Denver law firm Davis, Graham & Stubbs LLP. A fourth-generation Coloradan from the San Luis Valley, Kawanabe graduated from the University of Colorado and Georgetown University Law Center before clerking for the Chief Justice of the Colorado Supreme Court. He has significant litigation and trial experience in high-stakes cases in a variety of industries including energy, technology and manufacturing. He is consistently rated as one of the top litigators in Colorado by Martindale-Hubbell, Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers and Colorado Super Lawyers from Thomson Reuters. Kawanabe teaches at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and dedicates significant time to pro bono work. He has served on the boards of the Denver Foundation (Chair) and Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. He is also active with the U.S.-Japan Council, Center for Legal Inclusiveness, Colorado Lawyers Committee and Colorado Legal Services. His work on behalf of Colorado students prompted the Public Education & Business Coalition to recognize him with the Cal Frazier Investing in Education Award. “The Boettcher Foundation tremendously helped me and my family when it awarded me the Boettcher Scholarship and paid for my college education,” Kawanabe said. “I am thrilled to join the Board of this historic organization, which has worked for more than 75 years to improve our communities across the state.” Judith B. Wagner founded and served as president and CEO of Wagner Investment Management Inc., which was merged into CoBiz Wealth in 2010. She has founded, grown and sold two banks and managed assets for multiple families, institutions and nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and the New York Institute of Finance. Wagner has headed the CFA Society of Colorado, The Colorado Trust board, the Denver Rotary Foundation, Graland Country Day School board, the University of Colorado's Center for Women's Health Research steering committee and many other nonprofit entities. She has served as a member of the Harvard Women's Leadership Board, the Colorado State Treasury Investment Advisory Committee and the Colorado Trust Board of Trustees. She is a member the University of Colorado Foundation Investment Policy Committee. Among the awards she has received are the University of Colorado's Distinguished Service Award and the Girl Scouts’ Women of Distinction Award. She was recently named one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce. “I have respected the Boettcher Foundation since the day I arrived in Denver, especially because Boettcher & Co. was my first employer in Denver,” Wagner said. “I look forward to using my investment and community experience to help the Foundation meet its goals and further its impact.” High-resolution photos available upon request. 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...
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30 Jan Katie Kramer re-elected board president of National Scholarship Providers Association

Jan 30, 2014 — Katie Kramer, vice president and assistant executive director of the Boettcher Foundation, has been re-elected as president of the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA).  “I am proud of the accomplishments we made last year related to the NSPA’s staffing and governance infrastructure,” Kramer said. “As we move into the second year of implementing our strategic plan, we intend to strengthen the programs and services we offer to NSPA members and advocate more effectively for the scholarship industry through enhanced research, analysis and a stronger national voice.” The Boulder-based NSPA is a nonprofit, membership association that advances the collective impact of scholarship providers and the scholarships they award. The association has 320 member organizations, and its annual conference has grown to 350 scholarship professionals from postsecondary institutions, private foundations, public charities, community foundations and corporate and government programs. Kramer brings to her position a wealth of knowledge and background in an industry she is particularly passionate about. Her role at the Boettcher Foundation includes oversight of the Boettcher Scholarship, a merit-based scholarship that annually awards 40 full-ride scholarships for Colorado students to attend the in-state college or university of their choice. 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...
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04 Oct Boettcher Foundation elects new trustee

October 4, 2013  — The Boettcher Foundation Board has announced the election of a new trustee. Comprised of twelve Colorado business and community leaders, trustees are responsible for the oversight of the Boettcher Foundation, including support and preservation of its vision and mission. Christine Marquez-Hudson, CEO/Executive Director, Mi Casa Resource Center Christine Marquez-Hudson joined Mi Casa in 2008 and immediately led the organization through a comprehensive strategic process that redefined Mi Casa’s mission. As a result, Mi Casa is now a Colorado leader in sector-focused job training, women and minority owned business development, youth and family development programs. Marquez-Hudson is a recognized community leader. Along with many other awards, she is the 2013 9News Leader of the year, a prestigious honor awarded to an emerging leader who has made a significant contribution to the well-being of Colorado. She is a 2009 Bonfils-Stanton Livingston Fellow, A Colorado Trust Fellow, and an alumna of the National Hispana Leadership Institutes’ Executive Leadership Program. She received her undergraduate degree from UCLA. She then went on to receive her Masters of Nonprofit Management from Regis University. For more information and to find a complete list of Boettcher Foundation Trustees, visit www.boettcherfoundation.org. 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...
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17 Jul Boettcher Foundation announces 2013 community enrichment capital grant awards

July 17, 2013 — The Boettcher Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce the selection of 21 Colorado nonprofits to receive the 2013 Boettcher Foundation Community Enrichment Capital Grant Awards. For 75 years, the Boettcher Foundation has awarded capital grants to Colorado nonprofits for the purchase, construction or major renovation of buildings. Specifically, the Community Enrichment Grants exist to improve communities throughout the state both by supporting arts and cultural facilities, community resource / multi-purposes spaces and youth-serving organizations. “It is our intention for these awards to make it possible for the outstanding organizations selected to further serve their respective communities by enabling them to make critical improvements to their facilities,” said Tim Schultz, Boettcher Foundation President and Executive Director. “We have been so impressed with the community support and collaborative efforts of these nonprofits, that it’s an honor to be a small part of their continued good work on behalf of the residents of Colorado.” The following 21 organizations received 2013 Community Enrichment Capital Grants: Organization Location Award Amount Community, Recreation and Senior Centers Fort Collins Senior Center Fort Collins 25,000 Paradox Valley Charter School & Community Center Paradox 10,000 Summit County Library Breckenridge 40,000 Pikes Peak Library District Colorado Springs 30,000 Pueblo City-County Library District Pueblo 30,000 Garfield County Public Library Carbondale 20,000 High Plains Library District - Weld County Evans 20,000 Youth Development Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Commerce City 100,000 Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado, Inc. Colorado Springs 50,000 Young Americans Center for Financial Education Denver, Lakewood & Wray 10,000 Arts & Culture Colorado Ballet Company Denver 100,000 Colorado Nonprofit Rural Theaters Digital Projector Conversion Project Statewide 5,000 per qualifying nonprofit theater Pueblo Memorial Hall Theatre & Performing Arts Center Pueblo 50,000 The Avalon Theatre Grand Junction 50,000 Telluride Film Festival/Town of Telluride Telluride 25,000 Sheridan Opera House Telluride 10,000 Fort Morgan Heritage Museum Fort Morgan 10,000 Platte Valley Festival Band/City of Fort Morgan Fort Morgan 10,000 Aspen Historical Society Aspen 10,000 Magic Circle Players Community Theatre Montrose 10,000 Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum Denver 10,000 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...
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15 Feb Boettcher Foundation welcomes new operations manager

February 15, 2015 — The Boettcher Foundation has named Lynnea Louison the new operations manager. Louison graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish and later completed a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Denver. She has since specialized in the human resources field. Prior to joining the Boettcher Foundation, Louison worked in human resources at Denver-based Tony’s Market. “We are so excited that Lynnea is joining our staff. She has the perfect mix of skills and experience to be successful in the unique position that is the Boettcher Foundation’s operations manager,” said vice president of the Boettcher Foundation, Katie Kramer. As Operations Manager, Louison will assist in the Boettcher Foundation’s 75th Anniversary celebrations, as well as manage human resources, communications, special events and projects. 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...
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