Nonprofits  May 13, 2016

Nonprofit Network, May 13, 2016


Elizabeth Telling was named executive director of nonprofit Opera Fort Collins, succeeding Vicki Fogel Mykles, who retired from the company last fall after eight years. Telling is a professional oboist who plays English horn in the Knoxville (Tenn.) Symphony and the Walnut Creek, Calif.-based California Symphony, and serves as president of Classical Revolution Northern Colorado, a nonprofit dedicated to playing traditionally hip music in nontraditional places and raising funds to bring classical music out of the concert halls and to the people. She has played professionally with orchestras across Colorado, the United States and Europe, and has taught oboe and music theory at the collegiate level. Opera Fort Collins was established in 1979, and was run under the auspices of OpenStage Theatre from 1981 to 1990. It was formally incorporated as a performing-arts company in 1991.


This year’s annual Elegant Night in Black and White event benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Weld County raised more than $308,000, breaking a record for the most money raised in its 35-year history. The event honored Bob and Betty Tointon, who have been champions for youths in Weld County for decades.


The W.O.L.F. Sanctuary, which cares for captive-born wolves and wolf dogs at a rugged, remote tract off of Rist Canyon, received an $85,000 grant from the Fort Collins-based Community Foundation of Northern Colorado to help it buy a new property that could be opened to the public.

Colorado State University alumnus Michael Smith, chairman and chief executive of Houston-based liquefied natural gas company Freeport LNG, made contributions to CSU totaling $13 million to fund new scholarships and construction projects. The gifts will pay for new scholarships focused on business, natural resources and chemistry, complete funding for a new natural-resources building and contribute to a new alumni center.

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