Cille and Ron Williams are known for many things: their longtime service to Children’s Hospital Colorado, their inspirational involvement in childhood initiatives, their shared value of helping others.
Perhaps one of Ron’s greatest gifts is his ability to look at an organization, dream of what it could be, and then – the most important part – bring that vision to life. That’s exactly what he did almost 10 years ago as one of three co-chairs of the Imagine the Miracles campaign – a $273-million campaign that transformed Children’s Colorado into a world-class hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus with many additional locations across the state. And that’s exactly what he and his wife Cille are working to do today as Honorary Chairs of the Courage is… Campaign.
“Cille and I have loved our time serving Children’s Colorado over the years and are thrilled about this current opportunity,” said Ron. “We realized that building the new hospital was only half the job – now we have to make sure it accomplishes all we dreamed it would.”
The spirit of helping others
Ron began his service on the Children’s Colorado Board of Directors in 1989 and is now a lifetime member. He played a pivotal role in the decision to move the hospital to the Anschutz Medical Campus in 2007. The couple also made the first leadership gift to Imagine the Miracles, which helped to inspire donors throughout the community and establish Children’s Colorado as the irreplaceable community asset it is today.
More recently, the couple established the Cille B. and Ronald W. Williams Endowed Chair in Executive Leadership, a unique gift to support innovative leadership through the office of the Children’s Colorado CEO. They also consistently support the Children’s Gala and have included the hospital in their estate plans. They are founding members of the Charles C. Gates Society, which recognizes donors who have given more than $1 million in their lifetimes.
“I think it’s the spirit of helping others that drives philanthropy – regardless of the resources you may have,” said Ron.Thanks to Cille and Ron’s philanthropic spirit, the Courage is… Campaign is already one step closer to making transformational changes for children’s health.