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Salazar family donates $10 million to CU Denver
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By Joseph Rios

The University of Colorado at Denver is preparing to open its Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center in spring 2018, and the school received a major donation from the Salazar Family Foundation.

The Salazar Family Foundation, donated $10 million to the Lola & Rob Salazar Wellness Center. The Salazar Family Foundation was created by Rob and Lola Salazar in 1999, and its mission is to encourage Denver students to reach their education goals and to improve student’s access to education.

“The support and generosity of the Salazar family will have a lasting impact on the CU Denver community and on our students in particular,” CU President Bruce D. Benson said in a statement. “The Salazars have worked hard to achieve their own dreams, so it’s wonderful to see how their passion for success matches that of our students.”

The Salazar Family Foundation has made donations to places like the Denver Public Schools Foundation, Latin American Educational Foundation and the Denver Foundation. The couple attended Denver Public Schools, and Lola Salazar earned her master’s degree from CU Denver.

“Through our gift and through our story, we hope to be role models for students on the CU Denver campus as people they can relate to achieving success in life. We want the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center to inspire young people to make their dreams come true through hard work and education,” Lola Salazar said.

The Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center will be filled with recreational amenities in an 85,000 square-foot facility. The building will be home to things like a climbing wall, six-lane pool, weight room, and it will offer programs to help students with their social, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being, according to a release.

“The Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center is an incredible campus amenity that promotes multi-dimensional wellness and creates a sense of community for our students,” CU Denver Chancellor Doroty Horrell said. “We are grateful to the Salazars for giving so generously to create a special place for CU Denver students to call home.”

CU Denver students voted in spring 2015 to approve construction of the new building. The university conducted a feasibility study in 2014 and found that students wanted the center to enhance CU Denver’s identity. The wellness center will be available to the university’s faculty and staff, CU Denver students and alumni.

The Salazars are exceptional role models who remain committed to their community in so many ways. “We want young people to see that they’re no different from us. If we can do it, it’s achievable,” Rob Salazar said.





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