Thank you so much for your generous support of the 11th Annual Q for Conservation! Your support, along with that of our generous community, raised critical funds to further the conservation and stewardship of open lands in Colorado. View photos from the 2017 event here.
It was our honor to present the National Western Stock Show with the 2017 Champion of the Land Award, recognizing National Western’s legacy, impact, vision, and leadership, as each combine to provide Coloradans, and the entire region, with a unique connection to the West’s working landscapes, today and for generations to come.
Additionally, we were thrilled to welcome Mr. Tom Petrie, Western American Art collector and philanthropist, as our keynote speaker. Coloradans are so fortunate to have The Petrie Institute of Western American Art here in Denver, and the audience was enthralled by Mr. Petrie’s remarks on the power of art to inspire a love of the American West across generations and geographies.
Background on The Q
For the past ten years, Colorado Open Lands (COL) has hosted The Q For Conservation, a celebration to honor and convene those committed to conservation in Colorado. The Q attracts leaders in business, policy, and philanthropy, all of whom play a fundamental role in our mission, and who have together helped raise critical funds to support land conservation throughout our state. The evening program features a special address from a distinguished guest of honor. Past Q events have included Ted Turner, Secretary Ken Salazar, historian Douglas Brinkley, John Malone, National Geographic, and Rolling Stones pianist and conservationist Chuck Leavell.
About the Champion of the Land Award
The Champion of the Land award was established to recognize influential individuals who have demonstrated leadership, foresight, and a strong land ethic, resulting in lasting impacts on our state. Our 2014 inaugural recipients, Dean Singleton and Dan Ritchie, laid the foundation of a new tradition that continued in 2015 with Harris D. Sherman, and in 2016 with Will Shafroth and Lise Aangeenbrug.