Mizel Institute Honors Denver Broncos’ Pat Bowlen with 2013 Community Enrichment Award

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"Pat Bowlen has contributed substantially to enriching the lives of Coloradans along with football enthusiasts around the world. It is appropriate that we honor him for his profound and longstanding devotion to our community," said Larry A. Mizel.

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The Mizel Institute is pleased to announce Denver Broncos Owner and CEO Pat Bowlen as the recipient of its 2013 Community Enrichment Award. Given annually to an individual who makes outstanding contributions to Denver communities, the Mizel Institute Community Enrichment Award will be presented at the 23rd Annual Gala Dinner on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. As the 2013 honoree, Bowlen will join the list of notable past recipients, including Glenn R. Jones, Sharon Magness Blake, W. Dean Singleton, Norman Brownstein, Anna and John J. Sie, and Governor John Hickenlooper.

Bowlen, who has owned the Denver Broncos since 1984, is Chairman of the Board of Denver Broncos Charities, which has donated more than $25 million to charitable organizations in the Denver area since the inception of the fund in 1993. Bowlen served as the Honorary Chairman of the Colorado Special Olympics for 19 years and as Honorary Chairman of the Stadium Stampede (formerly the Colorado Family Classic) benefitting St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation for 28 years. Other organizations benefiting from Bowlen’s leadership and participation include the University of Denver, Capuchin Friars, University of Northern Colorado, Rose Medical Center, American Ireland Fund, Irish Community Center, Hawaii Maritime Center, Alberta Bar Association, Law Society of Alberta and the Young Presidents’ Organization. Bowlen was elected to the University of Denver Board of Trustees in 1987 and is currently a member of the DU Athletic Affairs Committee. Previously, he served on the Institutional Advancement Committee and the Institutional Advancement/University Relations subcommittee.

Under Bowlen’s leadership, the Denver Broncos partner with and support numerous causes in Denver communities, including Bonfils Blood Center; Play 60, the NFL’s campaign aimed at encouraging kids to be active for 60 minutes a day in order to reverse childhood obesity; the Inner City Health Center; HealthONE’s Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children; Food Bank of the Rockies; the Denver Metropolitan chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure; the Denver Rescue Mission; the American Heart Association; Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver; Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver; The United Way; and Denver Public School Athletics.

Now in its 31st year, the Mizel Institute is a nationally recognized institution comprised of two distinct programs. The Mizel Museum is Denver’s Jewish art, culture and history museum. Its mission is to build bridges of understanding between diverse people by engaging, educating, honoring and inspiring through the arts. Its permanent exhibit, 4,000 Year Road Trip: Gathering Sparks, is a dynamic journey through art, artifacts and multimedia that narrates and illuminates Jewish history and culture. The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab (The CELL) is dedicated to combating the threat of terrorism through citizen education, empowerment and engagement. By presenting its distinguished program series and prominent community training initiatives, The CELL brings to life its award-winning exhibit in the heart of Denver’s cultural district.

“Previous honorees have been remarkable individuals—distinctive in their accomplishments—professionally, civically and philanthropically,” said Larry Mizel, founder of the Mizel Institute. “This year we pay tribute to a genuine leader in the sports industry and our community. Pat Bowlen has contributed substantially to enriching the lives of Coloradans along with football enthusiasts around the world. It is appropriate that we honor him for his profound and longstanding devotion to our community.”

The Mizel Institute’s Annual Gala Dinner will take place on May 22, 2013, 6:00 PM at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, 7711 E. Academy Boulevard, Denver. For information and reservations contact Ellen Premack, Mizel Museum Executive Director, at 303-749-5011 or epremack (at) mizelmuseum (dot) org or visit http://www.mizelinstitute.org.

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