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Centennial Institute’s 2020 John Andrews Award presented to Don and Joyce Siecke for ‘legacy of positive impact’

Dec. 22, 2020

LAKEWOOD, Col. — The Centennial Institute, Colorado Christian University’s (CCU) public policy think tank, is pleased to announce it has presented the 2020 John K. Andrews Award to Don and Joyce Siecke. The award recognizes exemplary “Colorado leadership in fidelity to biblical and conservative principles.” The award was presented virtually given coronavirus precautions.

Speaking during the presentation video, the award’s namesake offered high praise for this year’s winner, remarking that Siecke can be found “in the middle of whatever good is going on” across Colorado when it comes to humanitarian, constitutional, conservative, free enterprise and evangelistic causes.

“Colorado Christian University and the Centennial Institute are highly blessed to have friends like the Sieckes,” said Don Sweeting, CCU President. “Their passion it is to leave what they call ‘a legacy of positive impact on the lives of future generations, in a way that will affect the future of our community, our state, our nation and the world.’”

Don Siecke has served on CCU’s board of trustees for over 12 years. He and his wife have been longtime allies and stalwart financial supporters of the university and the Centennial Institute. Don is the founder and principal of Kelmore Development.

In accepting the award, Siecke pointed out that his work has a higher calling: “it’s not about us, it’s about the Lord.” To him, investing time, energy and resources into the mission of CCU and the Centennial Institute provides an exciting connection to “the change that can come from turning out students of faith who have developed their skills and abilities to make a serious impact.” 

“This year’s Western Conservative Summit was the most-registered, most-watched Summit in our 11-year history. Hundreds of thousands of people from all 50 states watched our film on the importance of the Bible in forming America,” said Jeff Hunt, director of the Centennial Institute. “We could not have had this impact without the friendship and support of Don and Joyce Siecke.”  

The John K. Andrews Award is named in honor of John Andrews who, along with former U.S. Senator and CCU President Bill Armstrong, founded the Centennial Institute. Previous recipients of the award include former Colorado State Senator Mike Kopp, businessman Jeffrey H. Coors, Rep. Bob Beauprez (R-CO), former Colorado Lt. Governor Jane Norton, businessman James B. Wallace, Catholic Archbishop of Denver Samuel Aquila, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson, former Colorado State Senator Kevin Lundberg, and Mike and Brenda Baller.

More information on the Centennial Institute is available here.

The Centennial Institute at Colorado Christian University works to enhance public understanding of the most important issues relating to faith, family and freedom. As part of this endeavor, the Institute focuses its efforts on conducting research, analyzing public policy options and sponsoring seminars, conferences, and other activities that involve students, faculty, staff and outside experts.

The Centennial Institute is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization that does not endorse or oppose any candidate or political party for public office.