DDFL raises $400k for its furry friends

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Photo courtesy of Denver Dumb Friends League.

Several two-legged friends helped raise more than $400,000 to help their four-legged friends through the Denver Dumb Friends League “Have a Heart for Homeless Pets Telethon” on 9NEWS last month.

Supported by Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation, DDFL is the largest animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region. The organization provides shelter, care and training programs for homeless animals.

Last year, the Dumb Friends League saved more than 19,000 homeless pets through specialized medical care, foster care and behavior training. Funds raised from this year’s event will help the DDFL provide care to all animals who walk, pounce or gallop through its doors.

Donations can still be made online or by calling 303-751-5772.

Scott Reiman and Bellco sponsor Free for Kids at Denver Art Museum

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Photo courtesy of the Denver Art Museum. Denver muralists Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios work to complete a mural in downtown Denver to celebrate Free for Kids.

Denver Art Museum trustee and Reiman Foundation President Scott Reiman is dedicated to providing all kids access to a world of art, history and culture.

Last May, Reiman, along with the Denver Art Museum, unveiled the Free for Kids program, providing free general admission to the museum for youth visitors under 18 until 2010.

Today, Bellco Credit Union is joining Reiman in his effort.

In a new, two-year collaboration with the museum, Bellco’s presenting sponsorship will support engagement opportunities, enhanced learning, educational resources and materials for youth visitors in addition to funding for outreach to underserved communities.

In addition to free general admission for youth visitors, the program also offers free general admission for school tours and other youth groups. In its first year, Free for Kids has seen an increase in school visits by more than 50 percent.

To celebrate the program and its new partnership, Denver muralists Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina are creating an outdoor wall mural, funded in part by Bellco, just outside the 1515 Restaurant downtown. The mural is set to be completed soon. 

On November 22, 2016, local families grabbed their paint and paint brushes along with Barrios and Molina and Bellco and museum executives to create their own mural designs. 

Read here to learn more about the Denver Art Museum’s Free for Kids program and its new sponsor. 

Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship awarded to DU grad

2015 Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship Award Recipient, Ariel Cheng

2015 Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship winner and DU graduate Ariel Cheng. Photo courtesy of Ariel Cheng.

Ariel Cheng is on a mission to stop the stigma that surrounds mental health.

As one of the founders of the University of Denver’s Mind Club, Cheng helps raise awareness of this issue among her peers and the community. She also partners with local organizations to give those suffering with mental illness, a voice.

Her exceptional leadership and community involvement has earned Cheng the 2015 Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship.

Each year, the Quarterly Forum awards the scholarship to an outstanding DU student. The forum, comprised of Denver community leaders, including Scott Reiman, supports young leaders throughout Colorado.

The scholarship recipient receives $10,000 towards financial support in hopes to help students overcome any obstacles that arise during college.

Cheng graduated in May with a degree international studies and plans to take a year off before attending law school.

As namesake for the scholarship, Scott Reiman is dedicated to recognizing students like Cheng and seeing them succeed.

Olympian Missy Franklin inspires young athletes

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin has experienced defeat. She has also experienced victory. But with each experience, she strives to be the best she can be and stresses to aspiring young athletes to do the same.

Franklin was this year’s featured speaker at the 18th Annual Salute the Stars luncheon on May 6, 2016 at Sports Authority Field. She described her path to the top of the Olympic podium and attributes her success to remaining true to herself and working hard.

Every year, the John Lynch Foundation celebrates student-athletes, including those with special needs for their achievements in the classroom, on the field and in the community.

To-date the program has awarded $825,000 in scholarships.

“We are proud to support these student-athletes,” said Reiman Foundation Chairman Scott Reiman. “They inspire us through their leadership and dedication.”

The Reiman Foundation proudly sponsors Salute the Stars and supports many programs that foster our next generation of leaders.

Salute the Stars goes for the Gold

John Lynch Foundation Salute the Stars event, sponsored by Scott Reiman and the Reiman Foundation

The 2016 Salute the Stars presented by the John Lynch Foundation.

The 18th Annual Salute the Stars celebration is going for the Gold – Olympic Gold.

Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Denver native Missy Franklin is the featured speaker at this year’s event on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sports Authority Field.

Presented by the John Lynch Foundation along with the Reiman Foundation and FourPoint Energy, the event recognizes student-athletes as well as some with special needs from around Colorado. Many of these students excel in academics, athletics and community involvement.

The event will also host over 1,000 students from Denver Public Schools and other school districts throughout the state to hear inspiring stories of young leaders in their communities.

Since its inception, the John Lynch Foundation has awarded over $825,000 in scholarships to 144 student-athletes including those with special needs.

To learn more about the event, visit the John Lynch Foundation.

Rocky Mountain PBS On The Move

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Rocky Mountain PBS plans to move headquarters.

Rocky Mountain PBS is marking its 60th anniversary with a Denver Central Library exhibit sharing with visitors its past, while CEO Doug Price, looks to its future.

The public broadcaster is working towards a $30 million capital campaign to fund new headquarters at 21st and Arapahoe streets.

The project, with Rocky Mountain PBS at its core, will ignite development in a neighborhood on the verge of urban revival.

If funding goals are met, RMPBS’s plans include a major new complex containing offices, studios, a theater possibly to be run by the Denver Center for Performing Arts, a “Discovery and Exploration Center” or digital learning lab for inner-city kids as well as an educational campus for the University of Colorado media department.

RMPBS’s plan still requires city approval.

Scott Reiman, local investor, business leader and philanthropist, is proud to serve on the board of directors and support Rocky Mountain PBS.