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Greenlee Family Foundation Establishes $50,000 Challenge Grant in Response to Columbine High School Tragedy.

LAKEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 27, 1999--

In response to the tragic events at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., the Greenlee Family Foundation has established a $50,000 challenge grant to support existing programs for public school students in the Jefferson County and Boulder Valley school districts.

"Our goal in making this grant available is quite simply to serve as a catalyst," said AnneMarie Kemp, Executive Director of the Greenlee Family Foundation. "Everyone who has seen or heard about this terrible tragedy has been profoundly affected by it, leaving many people with feelings of hopelessness. What we are hoping to do is find a way for the community to turn their despair into something more proactive."

The Jefferson Foundation and the Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools will each receive a challenge grant of $25,000. These organizations will then raise an additional $25,000 to match those funds, for a total of $100,000. The challenge money is to be raised through individual contributions of any size. Over the short term the funds will be used to meet immediate needs, such as grief counseling or peer mediation. Over the long term, the private money will be used for new programs, or support existing programs within their respective districts that serve the needs of students and encourage academic excellence.

Individuals interested in making a contribution to the challenge grant are encouraged to contact the Jefferson Foundation by calling 303-982-2210; or simply mail a contribution c/o: Jefferson Foundation attn: Greenlee Challenge, to 809 Quail Street, Building No. 1, Lakewood, Colorado 80215. The Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools will accept donations at P.O. Box 9011, Boulder, CO 80301, or call 303-447-5132.

Mark Williams, Director of Development for the Jefferson Foundation, the organization serving Jeffco Schools, where Columbine High School is located, says: "We are proud to be collaborating with the Greenlee Family Foundation on addressing the needs and goals of our district. We hope to make long-term impact on the value of public education and seriously address the issues that have been brought about by the tragedy at Columbine High School. The Jefferson Foundation has been a long-term partner with the Jefferson County School District. Our overall mission is to improve education in what is the largest school district in Colorado."

"We are delighted that the Greenlee Family Foundation has shown such a strong commitment to the community and to the district," said Susie Cabell, Executive Director of the Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools. "This challenge grant will help us further our mission of supporting public education while allowing us to work with students in the weeks and months to come, hear what they are concerned about and what they need, and along with the district, determine the most appropriate use of these funds."
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