CSU– Pueblo 2010 Happening Scholarship Fundraiser will honor Hybl, Leach, and Crouch

CSU– Pueblo 2010 Happening Scholarship Fundraiser will honor Hybl, Leach, and Crouch

PUEBLO – El Pomar CEO Bill Hybl and Puebloans Ann Leach and Earl and Gayle Crouch will be honored with President’s Medallions for Distinguished Service as part of the 2010 President’s Scholarship Happening on Saturday, May 22 at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Donors underwrite the evening’s expenses, guaranteeing that all proceeds directly benefit future generations of CSU-Pueblo students through merit scholarships.
As part of the 2010 President’s “Happening,” CSU-Pueblo President Joseph Garcia will present three President’s Medallions for Distinguished Service. The President’s Medallion recognizes individuals who 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 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, Hybl’s support and contributions to organizations within the Pueblo community have had a significant and far-reaching impact on the lives of students, at-risk populations, and the general public. Hybl’s advocacy on behalf of the Colorado Leadership Alliance through the El Pomar Foundation is producing the next generation of leaders not just for the state of Colorado but this nation through leadership programs across the state, including the President’s Leadership Program at CSU-Pueblo. Any impact that benefits our students also enhances the University’s reputation because our graduates are the best testament to the quality of education we provide. Hybl will receive the President’s Medallion for Distinguished Service to the Community.

As a couple,  Earl and Gayle Crouch have contributed more than $500,000 to the Carpet Direct/Crouch Family Scholarship Fund, benefitting the lives of numerous students, who would not otherwise have been able to achieve their potential or make their personal and professional dreams come true. The Crouches will receive the Medallion for Distinguished Service to Education. Each year since 2006, they have supported approximately 24 students by providing scholarship awards of $4,000 per student.

With contributions of more than $275,000 to the University, including gifts to the Buell Communications Center, scholarships, as well as land for University use, Ann Leach will be honored with the President’s Medallion for Distinguished Service to the University. Garcia noted that all these donations reflect a desire to better this campus and the teaching and learning environments both for faculty and students. The Buell Center currently is undergoing a renovation to accommodate the moves of the Center for New Media as well as the University’s Visitor Center/Admissions function. As part of the renovation, the University will gain 100 new parking spots as well as an 800-square foot atrium addition.

The Gala will begin at 6 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge with cocktails and a bread box auction, which features major items that can be bid upon by dropping $20 tickets into the entry box.  Entertainment will be provided by the Denver-based HomeSlice Band. Tickets for the 2010 President’s Scholarship Gala are $100 per person or $1,000 for a corporate table of 8. Sponsorship levels are available from $5,000 to $500. For more information on tickets or sponsorship levels, contact the CSU-Pueblo Foundation at 719-549-2380 or visit giving.colostate-pueblo.edu/2010Happening.

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.