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Ron Williams puts his energy into Denver philanthropy

Making his mark in the oil and gas industry, he's since touched Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Public Schools Foundation and more


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RONALD WILLIAMS, 72

Chairman, the National Western Association's capital campaign

While Williams made his mark in the oil and gas business with Gary-Williams, his community impact on Denver goes far beyond the energy industry, first with the company's nonprofit arm, The Piton Foundation. He's focused much of his energy on philanthropy since the company's 2011 sale, serving on the boards of Children's Hospital Colorado, Denver Public Schools Foundation and University of Colorado Hospital.

Now he’s helping guide the redevelopment of the National Western Complex into an international agribusiness hub. Williams is trying to repeat his success raising private funds for the new Children's Hospital by seeking to take the $856 million National Western project from the drawing board to reality.

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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