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1870 Dinner celebrates donors and The Campaign for Colorado State University

Posted on October 23, 2009

The 1870 Dinner honoring three of the university's amazing donors will be held tonight. In light of the recent launch of The Campaign for Colorado State University, the event is particularly significant.

CSU announced in August 2009 the launch of its first-ever comprehensive campaign in the 139-year history of the university. The Campaign for Colorado State University seeks to complete a $500 million fundraising effort in the next three years. The campaign focuses on ensuring student access to a world-class education through scholarships and fellowships, and providing funds to increase quality through enhanced facilities and investments in a variety of educational programs.

The Campaign for Colorado State University has raised over $297 million for the university.

About the honored donors

Myra Monfort-RunyanMonfort Family Foundation and Myra Monfort-Runyan
The Monfort Family Foundation in 2002 gave CSU $5 million – at the time, the largest single gift in University history – to support the Monfort Excellence Fund.

The Monfort Excellence Fund has had a tremendous impact on Colorado State University students, faculty and the Northern Colorado community through its scholarships for exceptional students; its support of outstanding faculty; by bringing accomplished leaders from business, government and the arts to campus to interact with students; and its public lectures delivered by international leaders. To date, the foundation has given CSU more than $10 million.

Myra Monfort-Runyan is one of CSU’s most loyal friends. In 1999, she and her late husband, Kenny Monfort, established the Monfort Scholars Program, and through the years Myra has given more than $6 million to CSU, supporting Athletics, Agricultural Sciences and Liberal Arts, including creating a chair in Environmental Ethics.

Myra and her husband, Dr. William Runyan, an emeritus associate professor of the Department of Music, Theater and Dance at Colorado State University, serve as co-chairs of CSU’s Campaign Leadership Council.

Pat StrykerPat Stryker and the Bohemian Foundation
Pat Stryker is an ardent supporter of CSU. Her $20.1 million gift in 2003 funded the renovation of Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium and helped build the University Center for the Arts. She also has funded the Albert C. Yates Chair in Mathematics and helped fund the William E. Morgan Chair in Liberal Arts, and has supported such diverse University programs as School is Cool and the Little Shop of Physics.

The Bohemian Foundation, founded in 2001, supports numerous community enhancement causes in Northern Colorado, particularly those dealing with education. The Bohemian Foundation has donated millions of dollars to CSU, including a $3 million pledge to support the College of Business’s Rockwell Hall expansion, and numerous gifts through the Pharos Fund. In August, the foundation played a large role in bringing Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time,” to speak at CSU as part of the Monfort Lecture Series.

Ed WarnerEd Warner
Ed Warner gave Colorado State University the largest single gift in its history: $30 million to the College of Natural Resources, which was renamed the Warner College of Natural Resources in 2005. He graduated from CSU in 1968 with a degree in Geology, and was named a College of Natural Resources Honored Alumnus in 2003.

Ed is the former president of Expedition Oil Company, which he founded in 1982. In 1992, he discovered the Jonah Field in Wyoming, a natural gas field that is expected to produce up to three trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Ed and his wife Jackie Erickson are co-chairs of CSU’s Campaign Leadership Council.

About the 1870 Dinner

The 1870 Celebration honors donors of $100,000 or more and members of lifetime giving societies. The 1870 Club was named in honor of the University's founding in 1870. Club members include alumni, corporations, foundations, organizations and friends of the University.

Contact: Jennifer Dimas
E-mail: jennifer.dimas@colostate.ed
Phone: (970) 491-1543