CSU–Pueblo 2008 Diamond Anniversary Gala to honor DeRose, Kane Family Foundation

A Puebloan responsible for spearheading the return of football to Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Foundation that has benefited students throughout Southern Colorado will receive President’s Medallions for Distinguished Service as part of the 2008 President’s Diamond Anniversary Scholarship Gala to be held on Saturday, October 4.

The University is celebrating its Diamond Anniversary and so will be bridging past, present, and future throughout the event, which raises funds for future generations of college students. Historical displays compiled by history students will adorn the Ballroom, and reflections will be given by a former administrator, a long time faculty member, and two current students. Musical entertainment will be provided by current students and student-faculty combos.

The Gala will begin at 6 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge with cocktails, a silent auction, and performances by student celloists Andrew Magalong, Michelle Seick, and Colin Smith. The evening’s expenses are underwritten by donors, guaranteeing that all proceeds directly benefit future generations of CSU-Pueblo students through merit scholarships. Major underwriters include, Xcel Energy, Wells Fargo, My Friend the Printer, Tony and Barbara Fortino, Vicky Hansen, and Chartwells.

After dinner, CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia will present community member Dan DeRose, 1983 graduate, former athletic director, and founder of Friends of Football and the Kane Family Foundation with President’s Medallions for Distinguished Service. The President’s Medallion recognizes individuals or organizations that set high standards of ethics and values to serve as examples for CSU-Pueblo students and the campus community as a whole through their profession, exceptional service, and/or contributions to humanity. Recipients must support the University’s continual progress toward future goals and achievements and/or make significant contributions as an advocate of post secondary education.

According to Garcia, DeRose’s contributions of time and financial resources -- in spearheading the drive to construct the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl Stadium and to fund an athletic expansion that brought back football, wrestling, and women’s track and field this year -- reflect a desire to better this campus and improve the campus-community connection. By establishing the Friends of Football organization and orchestrating the return of college football to our campus, he has inspired other alums and this community to become ThunderWolf advocates and supporters and has created a buzz about the University that is contagious. DeRose will receive the President’s Medallion for Distinguished Service to the University.

In 2006, the Kane Family Foundation announced it had funded an endowment that would award full tuition, course fees and book scholarships to eight Pueblo County students annually to pursue a bachelor’s degree at CSU-Pueblo. CSU-Pueblo has not been the lone recipient of the Foundation’s generosity, however, as the Kane Family Foundation has funded scholarship grants to schools across Southern Colorado. For the difference it has made to the lives of students from Pueblo Country, the Foundation will receive the President’s Medallion for Distinguished Service to the Community.

Alexander Kane, a Fountain native, died June 3, 2003. Wanden Kane, a two-time mayor of Fountain, died Feb. 3, 1991. The couple ran the Kane Ranch near Williams Creek. During their lifetimes, the Kanes helped many young people with the financing of their education and also contributed to research related to drug and alcohol addiction. Before his death, Kane established the Kane Family Foundation and directed the Foundation to provide funds for tuition and books for eligible students.

Tickets for the 2008 President’s Scholarship Gala are $125 per person or $1,250 for a corporate table of 8. To participate as an attendee or a silent auction contributor, contact the CSU-Pueblo Foundation at 719-549-2380. A pre-Gala reception will honor those members of the President’s Club who advanced to a new level of University support in 2007. These individuals and businesses include:

Distinguished University Associate Josephine Montoya DeLeon, Edward L. Ficker

University Associate: Atlas Pacific Engineering, Dr. Stephen and Becky Brown, Colorado East Bank & Trust, Decibel Community Credit Union, PGA Golf Professionals from the Pikes Peak Region, Dr. and Mrs. Lynn Phelps, Ms. Mary Rawlings, Transit Mix of Pueblo

University Fellow: Kane Family Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lawrence, Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., Timothy H. Simmons

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.