DENVER —** There are few business leaders better known in Colorado than Pat Bowlen, and on Thursday night, he was inducted to the Colorado Business Hall of Fame for his business acumen in the Centennial State beginning with purchasing the Broncos and continuing a successful run for 31 years.
"It's a privilege for Pat to be included with the other distinguished laureates being recognized this evening," Annabel Bowlen said in her acceptance speech on behalf of Mr. Bowlen. "Congratulations to each of you, and thank you to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, as well as Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain for your unwavering commitment to our future leaders."
The Broncos have established a stellar record under Mr. Bowlen's ownership, one with exceptional performance, exceptional growth and exceptional stewardship off the field, helping him gain consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor. Among his accomplishments: the first owner in professional football history to reach 300 overall wins in a span of 30 years; six Super Bowl appearances; and leading the league in attendance in his 31 years as owner with a top home record in front of those devoted fans.
On Thursday night, Pat Bowlen was one of the laureates inducted to the Colorado Business Hall of Fame.
"They've brought two world championships to the Rocky Mountain region and its great fans," Annabel Bowlen said. "But as committed as Pat is to his team, he is even more invested in the community he so proudly calls home."
Pat Bowlen's charitable reach extends deep into Denver and Colorado communities, with $25 million donated from Denver Broncos Charities, of which Mr. Bowlen is the chairman. He has also served as the Honorary Chairman of the Stadium Stampede to benefit St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation for 30 years, and has chaired other charitable benefits around the state.
"An article in the New York Times last month wrote, 'Pat Bowlen builds a championship culture using caring and commitment as mortar and the bricks and community as the insulation.' This is so true in everything he does," Annabel Bowlen said. "Pat has donated more than $25 million to Colorado charities during the last 25 years. He has proudly supported numerous programs that serve you, including the Young Presidents Organization, and the Boys and Girls Club of Denver."
Most recently, the entire family pitched in to help raise nearly $70,000 with the Walk to End Alzheimer's, a cause that's close to the Bowlens and one that they hope can be an inspiration to other families fighting Alzheimer's.
"Even now, as he bravely faces Alzheimer's, he continues to have a positive impact on others," Annabel Bowlen said. "Pat's given hope to those fighting just like he is. He's brought understanding to the many families like ours, who are dedicated to providing the best possible support and care for an Alzheimer's patient. Pat has significantly increased the awareness of this terrible disease. Most importantly, he's inspired others to make a difference in the fight against Alzheimer's."
Annabel Bowlen's speech came to a close, ending in the only way it could with everyone giving back their appreciation like he did with Denver and Colorado communities. The entire crowd got on their feet and raised their hands, cheering "This one's for Pat!"