Reiman Foundation supports Discovery World expansion

Discovery World expansion
A rendering of Discovery World’s planned expansion. Courtesy of BizTimes: Milwaukee Business News.

Construction has began on an $18 million expansion project at Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee.

The science and technology center’s 20,000 square foot expansion project is funded entirely by private donations. The largest donation is from the Reiman Foundation’s founders Roy and Bobbi Reiman.

The expansion includes a new pavilion that will be used year-round for special events along with converting one of the museum’s two theaters into a new entrance and exhibit gallery. There will also be a new Technology Wing with two new permanent exhibits highlighting public health, medical research, health care careers and more.

This additional space will allow more visitors including students and local schools to explore more hands-on exhibits and experiences geared towards the areas of science, technology, engineering and math.

Discovery World is also home to the Reiman Aquarium where visitors explore underwater worlds and creatures from the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Support for non-profits like Discovery World is at the heart of the Reiman Foundation’s mission. The Foundation and its CEO Scott Reiman, continue to provide significant support to hundreds of non-profit, charitable and civic initiatives throughout Milwaukee, Denver and across the United States.

Denver Scholarship Foundation helps local entrepreneur

Mawukle Yebuah is an entrepreneur and he credits the support from the Denver Scholarship Foundation, with his success.

At the age of only 23, Yebuah is not only working towards finishing his master’s degree at the University of Denver, where he also went to undergrad, but he has also started a small business. And as one of the co-founders of Flare & Square, a company that designs and manufactures high-end men’s accessories, pocket square and bowties, Yebuah is marking his mark.

Mawukle and his family emigrated from Ghana when he was 6 years old. The family became U.S. citizens in 2010.

A graduate from South High School, Mawukle spent a majority of his senior year at the school’s Future Center where advisors walked him through the application and scholarship process. He says with the Foundation’s support, along with additional scholarships, provided enough financial aid that actually made DU, the most affordable.

Since its inception in 2006, the Denver Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $33 million in scholarships to 56,000 students. As a founding board member, Scott Reiman supports its mission to make sure all students succeed and graduate.

 

Ashley Buderus named CEO of Quarterly Forum

Buderus named CEO
Ashley Buderus named CEO of Quarterly Forum. Image courtesy of the Denver Business Journal.

Ashley Buderus, a former director with the Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation, has been appointed CEO of Quarterly Forum.

Buderus has an extensive background in non-profit organizations in Colorado in addition to the Children’s Hospital Foundation, including the El Pomar Foundation and the University of Denver.

The Quarterly Forum is a nonprofit organization that strives to connect, educate and inspire Colorado’s emerging business leaders.

The Forum also supports the state’s future through scholarship programs, including the Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship, funded by Scott Reiman, a forum member, to provide scholarship funds to an outstanding University of Denver student.

Read more about the Forum and Buderus in her new role as CEO in the Denver Business Journal.

Reiman Foundation and Salute the Stars honors standout student-athletes

John Lynch Foundation honors local student-atheltes
John and Linda Lynch of the John Lynch Foundation recognize local student-athletes

On Friday, May 12, The John Lynch Foundation held their 19th Annual Salute the Stars awards luncheon at Sports Authority Field. Sponsored by the Reiman Foundation in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, the event honors student-athletes and students with special needs from around Colorado who excel in academics, athletics and community involvement.

New Denver Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph speaks to students at the Salute the Stars event about success
Broncos Head Coach Vance Joseph speaks at the 19th Annual Salute the Stars event on May 12 at Sports Authority Field.

This year’s luncheon hosted over 1,000 students from Denver public schools and surrounding districts and awarded over $118,000 in scholarships.

To date the John Lynch Foundation has awarded $1.1 million in scholarships to over 169 student-athletes to recognize their hard work as well as provide support and motivation to succeed in the next chapter of their lives.

New Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph was this year’s featured speaker. He told students that success takes hard work. He said to always have high expectations and while success may be and look different for everyone, it’s important to never give up.

Schoolrunner empowers schools to improve student achievement

Schoolrunner
Schoolrunner is a Denver-based company that provides schools with an all-in-one data system to track various student measurables.

Imagine a tool that offers schools and its teachers insight into everything they care about with their students while providing them with more time in the classroom. Denver-based Schoolrunner does just that.

This all-in-one student data system allows educators to track grades, academic standards, attendance, behavior and family contact information. It integrates with the school’s existing Student Information System (SIS) and provides resources to help with analysis of the collected data through graphs, pivot tables and dashboards. Teachers can also set up logins for students so they can track their own progress.

Launched in 2012, Schoolrunner focuses on helping schools foster strong communities centered on actionable data. Currently, the platform serves more than 50,000 students in 50-100 schools around the country.

The program is supported by the Colorado Impact Fund, which encourages local community involvement through Colorado companies.

The Reiman Foundation and Hexagon, Inc. supports the Fund and programs like Schoolrunner that aim to provide educators with the tools they need to better serve students in their classroom room and improve student success.