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 October 22, 1999

Colorado BPW making push to reach campaign goal for scholarship funds

BOULDER — The final phase of Endowment Campaign 2001, a focused effort to raise money for the Colorado Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation, is well under way.

In late August, 20 women gathered to kick off the final fund-raising push. As the only foundation assisting women of non-traditional student age achieve their educational goals, Turbo Team members are helping the Colorado BPW Foundation exceed its initial endowment goal of $300,000 by 2001.

Recent contributions, which place the Foundation’s endowment within 76 percent of its target, include a pledge of $25,000 from Theresa M. Szczurek. Szczurek serves as president of the Foundation and of the consulting firm Technology and Management Solutions in Boulder. Szczurek joins Carol Grever Gray and Past BPW presidents in sponsoring endowed scholarships.

Cynthia Vaida of Steamboat Springs, a Foundation trustee and member of Yampa Valley BPW, has pledged $10,000 to create a Named Scholarship in her maternal grandmother’s name.

“She had only a grade-school education, worked for President Harding in Denver, and was very involved with the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) in Washington, D.C. This seems a particularly poignant reason to name a scholarship after Grandmother Burns. It’s a way to support women through education,” says Vaida. The Helen Calais Burns scholarship joins Women In International Business as a Named Scholarship awarded through the Foundation.

The Foundation also has received contributions totaling $8,000 from three area businesses. The $8,000 will provide at least one semester of books and fees for a student at a public Colorado community college in perpetuity.

“While most of our community donations are much smaller, we believe the work of the Colorado BPW Foundation is so important for women and their families that we made a significant donation ($4,000) to it.” says Cynthia Wieme, financial services manager and member of the Jeppesen Sanderson Inc.

Karen Bernardi of Century 21-The Bernardi Group donated $3,000.

“It is a pleasure to help the Foundation continue its good work,” she says. “I challenge others to help the Foundation grow its endowment so that more Colorado women achieve economic success in their lives.”

Rounding out the support is a contribution of $1,000 from Firstate Bank of Colorado, the first in a five-year commitment to total $5,000.

These contributions, along with donations from other corporate sponsors such as Arthur Andersen, Technology and Management Solutions, Gritz-Ritter Graphics, Garkie Group and Haws Design & Marketing, become part of the Foundation’s endowment.

In addition, The Boulder County Business Report is contributing an advertising campaign through the remainder of 1999 to help BPW raise awareness of its endowment fund raising in county businesses.

Since its inception, the foundation has provided funds totaling more $7,000 to 193 Colorado women. The most recent scholarship recipients are Connie Armstrong of Sterling, the BPW Past President’s Endowed Scholar, who is working on her associate of applied science degree in business administration at Northeastern Junior College; Davene Lott, the Carol Grever Gray Endowed Scholar and a single mother in Rangely who is working to complete her dental hygiene studies at Colorado Northwestern Community College; Jennifer Rockne, a single mother in Boulder who is entering the second year of her masters in communication at CU Denver; and Angela Trujillo of Lakewood, also a single mother, who works full time while attending Red Rocks Community College.

Collectively, these women received $2,500 from the Foundation.

“We are very encouraged by the support we’ve received from these companies,” says Foundation President Szczurek. “We know education makes a difference. It’s rewarding to have others believe in our efforts to help women increase their standing in and value to the community.”

To learn how you can join the Colorado BPW Foundation’s efforts, call (303) 595-5405 ext.2 or visit bcn.boulder.co.us/business/colobpwf on the Web.

BOULDER — The final phase of Endowment Campaign 2001, a focused effort to raise money for the Colorado Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) Foundation, is well under way.

In late August, 20 women gathered to kick off the final fund-raising push. As the only foundation assisting women of non-traditional student age achieve their educational goals, Turbo Team members are helping the Colorado BPW Foundation exceed its initial endowment goal of $300,000 by 2001.

Recent contributions, which place the Foundation’s endowment within 76 percent of its target, include a pledge of $25,000 from Theresa M. Szczurek. Szczurek serves as president of the…

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