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OJC Press Release ID: 2596

Monday, November 21, 2016

OJC Foundation thanks supporters

At this time of year, it is important to step back and extend gratitude for all of goodness in life.  The Otero Junior College Foundation would like say, “Thank you,” one more time to all who have contributed to its scholarships and programs over the past year. 

Thank you to 2015 Ag Gala Sponsors: The State Bank, Colorado Vet Clinic, Farm Credit of Southern Colorado, Waddell & Reed Investment Services, La Junta Mill and Elevator, La Junta Livestock, TLC Vet Clinic, Matthew Farms, Beatty Canyon Ranch, Goff Family, Dave Lewis Trucking, Wallace Oil Company, Howe Feeders, First National Bank of La Junta, Brett & Nancy Balenseifen/ Mosimann Saddlery, Pipeyard, Rehab Solutions, Best Bet Beeflot, North by Southeast Ranches, United Feedyard, Broce Well Service, Sodexo, Dairy Queen, Arc Valley Construction and Wallace Oil. Thanks also to Cody Downare, who donated auctioneer services and the many donors of auction items. Finally, thank you to the committee who helped put together this extraordinary event in 2015 (Brooke Matthew, Martina Murray, Lisa Gallegos, Becky Gremillion, Barb Leininger, Danelle Berg, Genia and Casey Weaver, Ryan Belew, Kim Juul, Jordan Roggen) and to everyone who attended.

Thank you to sponsors of the 2016 Celebrating Excellence in Health Care:
AVRMC, Parkview Medical Center, St. Mary Corwin Medical Center, The Colorado Trust, Maxim Health Care, AIM Home Health, Arkansas Valley Hospice, Centennial Family Health Center, Centura Health, Grand Canyon University, Loma Vista Medical Center, Richard Shand, MD,  Sodexo, Southeast Health Group, Spanish Peaks Veterans Community Living Center and Valley Wide Health Systems. Thanks also to auctioneer Scott Cox, who volunteered his time for the event, auction item donors Andy Goettel Pottery, Casey Weaver, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Cox Family, Eck-Wooters Family, Heavenly Hardt Photography, Holly Lewis, Israel Harris, Karen Tomky, Snippets Shoppe and SueSamArt. Finally thanks to donors of items for basket drawings: the AVRMC gift shop, The Barista, Cathy Bollacker, FloorCraft, Christie Jackson, Becci Lease, Jaclynn Johnson, Diane McElroy, OJC Foundation, Robert and Sue Samaniego, and Angela Tarrant.  Finally, thank you to the event planning committee (Lavona Tyscka, Tejana Cox, Christie Jackson, Christina Wooters, Kaysie Schmidt, Angela Tarrant, Holly Lewis, Audrey Dehdouh-Berg, and Becci Lease) and attendees of this event.

Thank you to individual and foundation donors:
Laurine Szymanski, Joan Adair, Sue and Robert Samaniego, Larry and Nancy Mitchell, Bill Piquette, John and Laurie Knapp, Meagan Hotchkiss-Trejo, Thomas and Pauline Goff, Fred Boettcher, Kelly and Randy Susan Bader, Cody Long, Denise and Kenny Root, Holly Lewis, Frank and Suzanne Grant, Jim and Nancy Rizzuto, Jeff Paolucci, Audrey and Daniel Berg, Sue and Steve Keefer, Almabeth Kaess, Colorado Gives Foundation, Gerry and Karen Oyen, Martina Murray, Carol Noll, Seth and Barbara Franzman, Rebecca Grantham, Karl Williams, Lisa and Dan Gallegos, Jim Donlin, Mack Burtis, Velma Simpson, Jim Allison, the Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges, the Bohemian Foundation, Matt Heimerich, Alfred Kreps, Joel Gray, Angela Bamber, Debbie Phillips, Doris J.  Blumenthal, Tom Kolodz, Ron and Patti Nimmo, Chris G. Baker, Ryan Trosper and many anonymous donors.

Because of the generosity of people like you, the OJC Foundation is able to provide over $70,000 in scholarships to OJC students during the 2016-2017 academic year to help them reach their educational and career goals.  For more information on the OJC Foundation, please contact Sue Samaniego, Director of Community, Alumni and Donor Relations.

Otero Junior College’s mission is to provide quality higher education that is accessible, transforms lives, expands employment opportunities, enriches our communities, promotes individual and global cultural diversity, and fosters economic development.

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