City honors Hank Bosco’s contributions
The Glenwood Springs City Council on Thursday adopted a proclamation honoring Henry “Hank” Bosco.
The honor for his lifetime achievements also included a congratulatory letter from U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and a Congressional Tribute prepared by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton. The tribute was also read by Tipton on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives and submitted into the Congressional Record.
Accepting the award on behalf of their father, who at 93 was unable to attend the ceremony, were his sons Gary Bosco, who recently retired as facilities maintenance director for Glenwood Hot Springs; and John Bosco, vice president and chief operating officer for Glenwood Hot Springs. In addition to the proclamation, Bosco is being honored today at the Hot Springs Pool, where he served as president and chairman of the board.
“Hank Bosco has devoted his life to making Glenwood Springs a better place to live and visit,” said Marianne Virgili, CEO of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, “His vision, business acumen and philanthropy have made a difference in the lives of countless individuals. We thank and honor him for his years of generosity and service to our community.”
Glenwood Hot Springs, which Bosco helped to shape into the world-famous destination it is today, is commemorating Bosco’s lifetime achievements on Friday, April 17, by donating 25 percent of the day’s receipts to YouthZone, one of Bosco’s favorite local charities and one that he helped found. YouthZone is a nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities for youth to be responsible, contributing members of their families and society.
A Glenwood Springs native, Bosco was born in 1922, the only child of Italian immigrant parents. As a youngster he lived and worked in the Star Hotel, which his parents owned. In 1938, his father purchased the adjacent Denver Hotel. Bosco spent his youth learning the ropes of the hospitality industry and the value of excellent customer service.
After graduating from high school in 1940, he attended the University of Colorado, and in his junior year enlisted in the Army Reserves. Hank went on to serve as a rifleman with the 70th Infantry Division and saw action in France, Germany and Belgium during World War II. Upon returning to Glenwood Springs, Hank and his father expanded the Denver Hotel. In 1950, he married Dorothy Cowles and had four children.
In 1956, he was one of 22 businessmen who purchased the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and served on its board of directors; in 1976 he became the general manager. Bosco served as president until 2012 and chairman of the board until resigning in February 2015. This milestone ended 59 years of involvement with the pool. In 2008, Glenwood Hot Springs opened the Spa of the Rockies as part of a $12 million restoration of the 120-year-old red sandstone building.
As a community leader, Hank served on the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission, was a city councilor, a member of the Elks Lodge and Club 20, and served on the board of directors of the Valley View Hospital Association. In addition to being a founder of YouthZone, he was involved with Community on the Move and served on the board of directors of both First National Bank (U.S. Bank) and Mesa National Bank (American National Bank).
Over the years, Hank Bosco has been honored with numerous awards including:
• Citizen of the Year in 2006 from the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.
• Induction into the Italian-American Hall of Fame in 2009.
• Induction into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in 2010.
“Anything I may have accomplished during my lifetime, I owe to the blessing of being able to surround myself with so many close friends, fellow employees and advisers,” he is fond of saying. “I humbly owe any successes to them, and any of my failures are mine alone.”
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