In addition to his Denver-based international consultancy activities, Scott Gelbard maintains a firm commitment to charities such as Disabled American Veterans and Food Bank of the Rockies. Gelbard also supports the Men for the Cure, a fundraising organization which collects money to be used for breast cancer awareness and enhanced patient care at the University of Colorado Hospital.
Men for the Cure was established more than a decade ago by a local television personality and a Denver philanthropist as a way of remembering Diane O’Connor Thompson, a prominent community member who lost her fight with breast cancer. The organization has raised more than $1.2 million up to the present, and its efforts have been promoted by honorary chairs such as former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway and the Governor of Colorado.
The primary beneficiary of Men for the Cure funds is the Diane O’Connor Thompson Breast Center at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. This vital community facility is one of just a handful of Comprehensive Cancer Centers, so designated by the National Cancer Institute, in the Rocky Mountains region. Donations have enabled the purchase of an advanced digital specimen radiography system and an ATEC vacuum-assisted biopsy machine. In addition, contributions funded dedicated cancer research, enhanced personal care for patients, and a mobile mammography van program.