|Merle Chambers receives the Women’s
Funding Network's Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award.
Citizen of the Arts, Fine Arts Foundation
In 1989, the Fine Arts Foundation established the annual Citizen of the Arts Award which recognizes outstanding volunteer leadership and significant contributions within the arts community. Merle Chambers was honored to receive this award in January 2015. To be considered for this award, the nominees must be involved in the arts in a volunteer capacity, demonstrate leadership in the arts in Colorado, support the arts in a variety of methods, and reflect the quality of and share in the Fine Arts Foundation’s commitment to the arts in Colorado.
Colorado Business Hall of Fame
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement partner each year to pay tribute to outstanding Colorado business and civic leaders and promote the importance of the free enterprise system and community involvement. Merle Chambers was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in 2010, recognizing her successful management of oil and gas and transportation businesses.
Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Hall of Fame
Merle Chambers was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Hall of Fame in 2009 by the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS.) She was the first woman to receive the honor and her father, Jerry G. Chambers, was in the inaugural class of inductees. The Hall of Fame induction, held every five years, recognizes individuals who have had an eminent role in the development of Rocky Mountain oil and natural gas over the past 35 years. Induction into the Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors that oil and natural gas producers can receive.
University of Denver John Evans Award
At its 145th anniversary and annual Founders Day celebration in 2009, Merle Chambers (LLM ’84) received the University of Denver’s highest alumni honor, the John Evans Award. The Evans Award was first awarded in 1951 and is named for John Evans, principal founder of the University of Denver. It is presented annually to a distinguished alumnus or alumna who has demonstrated achievement in his or her profession, offered humanitarian services to the community and demonstrated continuing interest in the University.
- The Josef Korbel Humanitarian Award, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, August 2004
- The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame, inducted in March 2004
- Outstanding Philanthropist Award, Colorado National Philanthropy Day, November 2002
- Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award, Women’s Funding Network, April 2000
- Philanthropic Innovator Award, Committee of 200, October 1999
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