Sixty-four nonprofits and charities received $117,724 in proceeds from the Estes Park Rotary Duck Race, which was held despite a thunderstorm on May 7. The figure is 95 percent of adoption-form sales for the 6,199 yellow ducks. Major sponsor donations provided $11,000 for three top travel prizes. Estes Park businesses donated more than 500 gift certificates with values of $20 and up.
A new program at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado
Boulder will enhance undergraduate curriculum offerings in property rights, thanks to an endowment of more than $2 million and an additional $1.2 million three-year operating support agreement from CU-Boulder alumni William and Jane Reynolds. The new Hernando de Soto Capital Markets Program, named for a Peruvian economist, will explore the history and efficacy of different approaches to property rights across formal and informal global markets.
The U.S. Department of Education awarded University of Northern Colorado researcher Kay Ferrell a three-year, $1.291 million grant for a study involving infants and toddlers with visual impairment. Ferrell, co-investigator Jamie Erskine, and doctoral candidate Catherine Smyth are developing an intervention model that will help families and practitioners establish mealtime routines for children with visual impairment.
Researchers: Principal investigator Kay Ferrell, emeritus professor of Special Education; co-investigator Jamie Erskine, professor and director of Human Sciences; and doctoral candidate Catherine Smyth
To promote healthy, active, and independent living with a focus on volunteering. In an effort to promote this lifestyle, Kimberly-Clark’s Depend brand awarded grant opportunities that range from $1,000 to $5,000 for United Ways in the United States and Canada that engage volunteers on United Way Day of Action. United Way of
Weld County was awarded a $5,000 grant that will cover the costs of supplies given to its volunteers the day of the event, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 18. Volunteers are still being recruited for Day of Action and can sign up at unitedway-weld.org/dayofaction.
Xcel Energy presented a check for $47,973 to United Way
of Weld County on May 5 at the Fort St. Vrain facility in Platteville. The check, including employee and corporate matches, will be used for UWWC’s 2015-16 community campaign.