The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), a service of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado (Federation), will honor Mr. Howard Boigon and The Honorable Carol Boigon at the 6th Annual Celebration of Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (program begins at 11:30 a.m.) at Temple Emanuel, 51 Grape St., Denver, 80220. Howard Boigon will receive the JCRC’s 2012 Leadership Award, and Carol Boigon will receive the 2012 Jewish Public Official Distinguished Service Award.
“Howard and Carol Boigon, each in their own way, exemplify Jewish leadership today,” said Rick Kornfeld, chair of the JCRC. “Howard has demonstrated his dedication to Jewish community locally, nationally and internationally and has been a tireless supporter of JCRC and our efforts.” Kornfeld went on to say, “Carol Boigon is a trailblazer for policies affecting children, families and education here in Colorado. A long-time public official, Carol has often been an important voice of the Jewish community and instrumental in educating others about the Jewish perspective on the issues. We are thrilled to have the privilege of honoring both Howard and Carol Boigon this year.”
Howard L. Boigon is a partner in the Denver office of Hogan Lovells, a global law firm. His practice focuses on oil and gas and energy, both domestic and international. Recently he has spent considerable time assisting a Colorado-based client in the acquisition and exploration of oil and gas licenses offshore Israel. Mr. Boigon is the immediate past chair of the Colorado chapter of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (“AIPAC”), and is a member of AIPAC’s National Council. He has served on the Israel/ National/Overseas Board of Federation and on JCRC. Other community activities include current service on the board of Energy Outreach Colorado and Civic Center Conservancy. He tutors a third-grade class at Cheltenham Elementary School in west Denver. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Emanuel and reads Torah there on a regular basis. He is also a past board member of AJC Colorado and is a past president and current board member of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.
Carol Boigon’s extensive professional, volunteer and educational background reflects her long-time commitment to the children and families of Denver. Ms. Boigon was elected to Denver City Council in May 2003 and served eight years where she represented the entire City. She chaired or co-chaired the Government Affairs and Finance committees and was a member of the Health, Safety, Education, & Services committee. She was a founding board member of the Denver Preschool Program and a member of Colorado State Board of Human Services. She is immediate past chair of Great Education Colorado. Formerly, Ms. Boigon served as the first executive director of the Mayor’s Office for Education and Children, where she created and ran Denver Head Start, started a school-to-career program in every Denver public middle school, and provided literacy grants to local community coalitions. Ms. Boigon has been a reading teacher and newspaper reporter. She served in the administrations of Gov. Roy Romer, and Mayor Wellington E. Webb.
The cost to attend the luncheon is $50 per person. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the events department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.316.6466. Reservations may also be made online at www.jewishcolorado.org/jcrcluncheon.
About the Jewish Community Relations Council
The mission of the JCRC is to advocate for domestic and international policy issues that affect the Colorado Jewish community, to represent these views to the Jewish community and to the general community of Colorado, and to organize the Jewish community in times of crisis. JCRC consists of 37 member organizations in Colorado and is affiliated with the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA).
Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado
Founded in 1946, the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado’s mission is to build and sustain Jewish life in Colorado, Israel and around the world. As a proud member of the Jewish Federations of North America, which is among the top ten charities in North America, Federation raises and allocates funds to a wide variety of partner agencies and organizations in Colorado, Israel and in more than 60 countries worldwide. Last year, Federation’s annual campaign raised $10.1 million. Federation’s endowment arm, the Jewish Community Foundation, houses more than $40 million in long term assets for individuals, agencies and synagogues in the community. For more information, visit us at www.ajfcolorado.org.