A boxing match on a flickering black & white television paved the way for the pioneering work and vision of a man who continues to inspire and empower a decade and a half after his death. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming is pleased to announce Bill Daniels as the 2016 honoree for the 18th Annual Awards and Recognition Breakfast. The breakfast will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at the Casper Events Center.
Bill Daniels will be posthumously honored for the legacy that he has left, impacting thousands of people, many of whom are youth. Bill Daniels was a cable television pioneer and entrepreneur known for his compassion for those in need and his unwavering commitment to ethics and integrity. Mr. Daniels brought Casper its first cable system in 1954, and owned and operated hundreds of systems across the country. An avid sports fan, Bill was one of the first in his industry to focus on generating sports programming. He was also involved as an owner, founder, or supporter of many teams, organizations, and athletes across several sports. With his success in business, Bill made countless charitable contributions and supported his community in innovative, meaningful ways. He founded Young Americans Bank to teach kids the value of financial responsibility. He collaborated with the University of Denver to incorporate ethics, values, and personal integrity into the business school curriculum, and his support of the school led to it being renamed to Daniels College of Business in his honor.
He spent his final years planning the Daniels Fund. Following his death in 2000, his estate transferred to the Daniels Fund, making it one of the largest foundations in the Rocky Mountain region. The Daniels Fund is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming through its grants program, scholarship program, and ethics initiative.
The annual breakfast also features keynote speaker Kevin Hines. In 2000, Kevin survived a suicide attempt after he jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge. As 1 of 34 people to survive the fall, Mr. Hines has devoted his life to suicide prevention and spreading the message of living mentally healthy.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Wyoming will begin taking reservations for the 18th Annual Awards and Recognition Breakfast in June.