Boettcher Foundation in the News

Individual Honoree Announcement Girl Scouts of Colorado The Girl Scouts of Colorado and our nominating committee are pleased to welcome Katie Kramer, President and CEO, Boettcher Foundation, to the 2021 Class of Women of Distinction. Katie was selected as a Boettcher Scholar in 1993 and has been at the Foundation in various roles since 1997, including as the director of the scholarship program and vice president — a title she assumed at the age of 26. She's been recognized as one of Colorado's Top 25 Most Powerful Women, is known as an expert in the field of scholarship and has served the community on various boards. The Women of Distinction honor is bestowed annually upon 10 exceptional women in our community who have been selected by the Girl Scouts of Colorado’s nominating committee, comprised of Women of Distinction alumni. The women selected join a network of more than 500 alums and are shining examples of corporate, civic, and philanthropic leadership, who serve as role models for our female leaders of tomorrow. The Women of Distinction event combined with the newly formed Women of Distinction Network brings together a network of outstanding women who serve as mentors, guides, and examples of leadership to inspire our girls. Girl Scouts of Colorado will welcome the Class of 2021 honorees on September 29 at the Denver Botanic Gardens from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The event has been reimagined with honorees and guests invited to engage in a comfortable, outdoor setting, allowing for safe social distancing. Event chairs are Kelly Brough, Woman of Distinction ’14, Donna Evans, Woman of Distinction ’09, Luella Chavez D’Angelo, Woman of Distinction ’05, and M.L. Hanson, Woman of Distinction ’15. “I am honored to welcome this year’s class of Women of Distinction. They are strong, bold, empowered women who represent the leadership and excellence that will inspire our girls to follow in their footsteps,” said Leanna Clark, Girl Scouts of Colorado’s Chief Executive Officer. Proceeds from the event will support Girl Scouts of Colorado’s crucial leadership development programs in entrepreneurship, outdoors, STEM, and life skills for more than 20,000 members across Colorado. We invite you to support Katie’s recognition by joining us as a sponsor. For more information visit www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/ or contact Ashley Walsh at ashley.walsh@gscolorado.org...

By Don Morreale YourHub, Denver Post This column tells the stories of the people whose faces appear on “A Colorado Panorama: A People’s History,” a two-block-long tile mural on the southeast side of the Colorado Convention Center. Inspired by Howard Zinn’s groundbreaking book, “A People’s History of the United States,” the mural was created by artist Barbara Jo Revelle in 1989 to celebrate those who rarely make it into the history books, but who have nonetheless had a profound impact on the history of our state. This week we’re featuring profiles of Josephine Aspinwall Roche and Gerald B. Webb. ...

By Penny Hamilton Crosswind Chatter Newsletter It was 1946. Harry Truman was President. World War II was over, gas was 15 cents a gallon and the average price for a new car was $1,120. Tupperware and the electric blanket were introduced to Americans. A top song was Zip-a-dee-doo-dah. Dr. Benjamin Spock’s Baby and Child Care book was the top topic for parents. According to Josephine Trinder, the Colorado 99s met for dinner that early January evening at the home of one of their newer members, Mae Boettcher. Mae had worked in a munitions factory contributing to the war effort. After her 1944 marriage to Charles Boettcher II, Mae earned her pilot license and joined The 99s. Jennie Joan Tschoep was our Chapter Chair, and Darlene Young Secretary. Former WASP, Betty Clark, was the speaker, also a new chapter member. ...

By Tony Frank The Pueblo Chieftain Wrestling with the operational and budgetary challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged employers in nearly every industry. Here is what the month of May has looked like in the Colorado State University System. May 5, we broke ground on the CSU System Spur campus at the National Western Center. This project – an urban learning center focused on food, water, and health that connects CSU’s research strengths with children and adults across Colorado – has been in development for years, and the funding was secured some time ago, ensuring its continuation even as other construction projects around the state are hitting pause. ...

By Kelly Brough Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce What’s most impressive to me right now is how much you – our members – are working for each other to ensure our regional economy rebounds from this pandemic. You are showing how Colorado businesses rally around each other – why we had the strongest economy before COVID-19 and how resilient we’ll be as our doors begin opening again. We know there are many challenges facing our employers and companies. We are advocating for additional resources for our smallest businesses, and we are hearing that Congress is close to a new deal to renew funding. A lot of other positive things are happening right now, too. ...

By Kati Weis CBS4 Denver DENVER (CBS4) – Gov. Jared Polis talked about the significance of coronavirus and staying at home during the upcoming Easter and Passover holidays. Wednesday afternoon, Polis talked about getting spiritual fulfillment while staying isolated. He said that it’s important to observe those events that are important to you even though those festivities may look a little different than years past. “We’ll do our best and that’s what is important,” said Polis. “What so many faith leaders are doing is providing services online.” There are now 5,655 positive cases in Colorado, although the actual number is more than likely far greater. The number of deaths reported jumped to 193 on Wednesday, up from 150 on Monday. ...

By CU Connections Staff CU Connections The Boettcher Foundation on Wednesday announced the creation of a $1 million biomedical research fund to fight COVID-19 and potentially curtail future pandemic outbreaks. Called the COVID Biomedical Research Innovation Fund, the Fund’s Request for Proposals (RFP) asks Colorado-based researchers and investigators to complete grant applications by the close of business on Friday, April 17. The rapid response strategy is both a short- and long-term approach. “We wanted to be strategic in our COVID-19 response by supporting scientific innovation to fight the pandemic immediately and help impact Coloradans in the future,” said Board of Trustee Chair Kenzo Kawanabe. “We know the good work being done in Colorado’s biomedical research and this represents an effort to accelerate support and prioritize public health.” ...

By Shannon Weiman Keystone Symposia At Keystone Symposia we engage researchers from around the world in our global research conferences, but we are also intimately connected with our local scientific community. With a plethora of academic and industry powerhouses located just down the hill on the front range, Colorado offers an expansive biomedical and biotechnology landscape. Founded on the frontiers of the West, Colorado is now pioneering the frontiers of science and medicine. Here we highlight one of our local Denver-based organizations, The Boettcher Foundation, with whom we share the common goal of integrating academic and industry science to drive biomedical advances with clinical impacts. ...

By Debbie Kelley The Gazette The Gazette’s Best and Brightest scholarship for graduating high school seniors will double the amount of the prize money to this year’s winners. Each of the 20 recipient students from around the Pikes Peak region will receive $500, up from $250. The program is in its 29th year. Increased donations made the boost possible, said Deb Mahan, executive director of Gazette Charities, a philanthropic arm of The Gazette, Colorado Springs’ daily newspaper. ...

People on the Move Denver Business Journal Curtis Esquibel leads the Boettcher Foundation's strategic communications, ensuring that the Foundation is effectively and consistently engaging with its diverse stakeholders. He oversees communications strategy, brand enhancement, and external and internal communications. He also is helping to deepen the transformational impact of Boettcher's philanthropic initiatives across Colorado.  ...