Meet Our Donors

Tom and Charlotte SaponasHome is where the heart is
Tom Saponas ('72) feels he owes his success to the education he received at the University of Colorado. Now, he and his wife are proud to donate their beloved home to support UCCS after their lifetime. More


Henry and Joan StraussPharmacy alum leaves planned gift that's quite a page-turner
Henry Strauss' donation of his collection of nonwestern medical books will open doors of discovery for CU pharmacy students interested in alternative medicine. More


Stefan HuddlestonLiving histories: Bequest makes student's dream possible
Stefan Huddleston is honored and humbled to receive a scholarship funded by the vision and generosity of someone he will never meet. More


Rick and Betty Ann GardnerRecruiting the best and brightest students is couple's legacy
Supporting CU students has always been important to Rick Gardner and his wife, Betty Ann. Through a planned gift, they're ensuring that value continues long after they're gone. More


Bob YetzA vision to support education and research
After being diagnosed with PCA, a rare form of Alzheimer's disease, Bob Yetz became a passionate advocate for the disease. He's using a planned gift to support research and care for PCA. More


Mike OldhamHelping veterans find a community on campus
Military service provided Mike Oldham with a pathway to earn a college degree. Now he's paying it forward by making sure military service members and veterans are supported at CU. More


Kevin and Jamie KrattCouple empowers UCCS students
With its array of retail and dining options, the University Village Colorado (UVC) is more than a good neighbor to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. More


Carol RumackScholarship for a diverse medical school.
Carol Rumack, MD, says she can relate to some of the struggles today's underrepresented students may face. More


Scenic photoRay ('49) and Dottie ('48) Joyce
Ray ('49) and Dottie ('48) Joyce parlayed their degrees from CU Boulder's Leeds School of Business into successful careers in the retail grocery industry, and they wanted to see their entrepreneurial values advanced at their alma mater. More


Traftons, Dr. Kennealey, Snyders Friends for life
It's no surprise that diehard fans Teri and Charlie Trafton and Char and Lee Snyder had outlined their estate plans to support CU Boulder Athletics. More


LaJeune AustinHonoring a family tradition of lifetime learning
LaJeune Austin was raised by parents who gave in any way they were able. With nine children, they didn't always have the means to give financially but continuously gave their most precious resource: time. More


Jeff Flygare"This good will happen and I am committed to it."
Jeff Flygare and a friend were having lunch when she announced to the bewildered English teacher that she secretly had signed him up to audition for Shakespeare's Richard III that weekend. More


Steve and Lori EslaryRole models of generosity
Steve and Lori Eslary grew up in families where money was tight. "The whole idea of planning to help someone else was new to us," Steve said. "When it comes to philanthropy, you automatically think you have to have a lot of money to do it, and that is not the case." More


Josephine BenavidezMaking education more accessible for first-generation college students
In a fortunate stroke of serendipity, Josephine Benavidez reconnected with a former student while looking for a nurse to care for her ailing husband, Fernando. While on the phone with a nurse to whom she had been referred, the nurse stopped to ask a simple question. More


Claiborne and Jo Ann BickhamTransformative gift funds cardiac rehab center
The comradery is contagious. When you walk through the lobby of the Cardiac and Vascular Center at University of Colorado Hospital, you sense friendship — lifelong connections forged during uncertain circumstances. More


Judge CarriganThe Judge Carrigan Legacy
Throughout his 84 years, the late Judge Jim Carrigan was a voice for the voiceless—whether it was defending women's rights in divorce cases, publicly calling out the racial inequalities of crack cocaine sentences, or working pro bono to help victims of the Columbine High School shooting. More


FlagPersonal journey, civic engagement make compelling cases for planned gift to CU
Travis Leiker's gift to CU is strategic, civically relevant, and emotionally fulfilling. And, as he puts it, "a smart investment." More


Richard StuckyA passion for bones and natural history evolves into support for future students
When Richard Stucky was 16, he picked up a National Geographic magazine and was immediately pulled into a story by Louis Leakey on the discovery of a new fossil and the story of human evolution. Even at an early age, he knew those topics would eventually become his life's work and develop into a future philanthropic investment in CU. More


Corrie WestThis is the power of planning
As an associate director of development at UCCS, Corrie West already knows how powerful philanthropy can be. But her own life experiences have inspired West personally: she has made a planned gift to support UCCS. More


Dr. Peter GottliebIRA rollover gift jump starts finding a cure for Type I diabetes
When Peter Gottlieb, MD, started his residency, he already knew he wanted to do Type I diabetes research. His mother had developed the disease at age 52, and today his two children live with Type I diabetes. At CU Anschutz, Gottlieb has made significant strides during the last 23 years. More


Doug Looney"It would be unconscionable not to."
I was born and raised in Boulder and started going to University of Colorado Boulder sporting events when I was three. Seldom was I outside Boulder's city limits. So it was never discussed around our house where I'd go to college—Boulder, by default, of course.   More


Al and Bobbie KnottRepaying the favor
At CU, Al ('55) and Bobbie Knott found a lifetime partnership, and a lifetime passion for engineering. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering in 1955 from CU Boulder and advanced degrees from Berkeley and Stanford, Al specialized in "the Sherlock Holmes work of engineering"—testing and failure analysis.   More


Grandparents of Jennifer HaneA gift that supports students and honors loved ones
Giving to UCCS can take many forms, from supporting your senior class gift to creating a scholarship fund, there is a variety of ways people who love UCCS show their support. Jennifer Hane, a UCCS alumnus, was inspired by her grandparents to make a gift that will provide sustained support for engineering students for years to come.   More


Helen ClementHelen Clement on supporting UCCS student scholarships: 'There are so many deserving young people'
Helen Clement discusses her experience supporting students who attend UCCS. When fully endowed, the Clement Family Foundation Scholarship will provide six to seven full-ride scholarships to students majoring in any degree program within the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing & Health Sciences.   More


Jonathan Treisman and family'Paying it Forward' to ensure future students have the same opportunity
It'd be an understatement to say the motto for Jonathan Treisman's life is "paying it forward."Not only was he the Executive Producer of the acclaimed Warner Bros. film, Pay It Forward, he has also created a bequest that will support scholarships for CU Boulder students who would not otherwise have the same opportunities that were provided to him.   More


HildebrandPassion for education leads to $1.5 million to support students
Dona R. Harbison Hildebrand was born in 1927 on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Lame Deer, Montana. Dona and her four siblings – two sisters and twin brothers – were raised by hard working parents who believed in the lifelong benefits of higher education.  More


Schorr'Debt of gratitude' inspires commitment
Wag Schorr, MD '63, says he grew up as a "ranch-raised kid" on the Mexican border in Arizona in the 1940s. After finishing medical school at the University of Colorado, he figured he'd return to his roots in small-town Patagonia, Ariz., to serve as a family practice physician.  More        View Video


Wag and Analee Schorr'A Very Easy Thing To Do': IRA Giving Is Simple, Savvy
Wag and Annalee Schorr discovered a way to provide for the people they love along with the University of Colorado. By following their example, you too can make a significant impact on CU students and leave more for your heirs.  More


Mary McClanahanEnsuring students a path toward success
Mary McClanahan '67, '69 AS enjoys a successful career managing computer services in support of scientific research. She credits her success to her education at CU-Boulder, where she earned degrees in classical languages and Latin.  More


Bob GrahamForever connected to CU
Bob Graham's, BS '43, lifelong affair with the University of Colorado started during his college days as a business student. That was just the beginning of the important role CU would play in his life.  More


The KuckelsA gift of passions to sustain the arts
Raynelle and Ben Kuckel have a passion for the arts. When they moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, 15 years ago, they were thrilled to find TheatreWorks in their own backyard.  More


Mary MercerPersonal struggle inspires alumna to give back
When Mary E. Mercer, MD '43, enrolled in the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1932, she only had $250 to her name. Several times Mary was forced to suspend her studies in order to find time to earn tuition money. As a result, it took her 11 years to graduate.  More



Contact the Office of Gift Planning at (303) 541-1229 or to share your story to inspire others.