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OJC Press Release ID: 2747

Monday, January 29, 2018

Sixth Annual New Year’s Eve Ag Gala Proves to be Another Success


In 2012, the Otero Junior College Foundation and Ag Program developed the New Year’s Eve Ag Gala as a way to provide scholarships to students pursuing a degree in an agricultural related field. According to Brooke Matthew, Agricultural Science Faculty and Chairman of the Ag Gala Committee, the sixth annual New Year’s Eve Ag Gala was a success with net income up from the previous two years.

“Without the continued support received from the community the Otero Junior College Foundation and Ag Program could not make this event happen. We are so appreciative for all of the donations received for the scholarship fundraising event. This event would not be what it is without everyone who attended and every single sponsor.” Matthew said.

Attendees of the Ag Gala had many items to bid on at the silent and live auctions. Returning Ag Gala attendees expressed that this year’s auction items were some of the best. The items included a fire pit, a homemade pallet bench, a Coors Light mini fridge, a barbwire Christmas tree, and multiple gift baskets.

This year’s platinum sponsors donating $1000 or more were: Colorado Vet Clinic, Farm Credit of Southern Colorado, The State Bank, TLC Vet Clinic, Waddell & Reed Investment Services, and Wallace Oil Company.

This year’s gold sponsors donating $500 were: Beatty Canyon Ranch, First National Bank, La Junta Livestock, La Junta Mill, Matthew Farms, Tri-County GM, and WW Feed & Supply.

This year’s silver sponsors donating $350 were: Balenseifen Family, Broce Well Service, Crowder Ranch, PipeYard, North by Southeast Ranches.

This year’s new category of sponsorship was Turquoise with sponsors donating $150 and receiving a half of a table instead of a full table. The turquoise sponsors were: Dave & Almabeth Kaess, Arkansas Valley Coop, and Ag Risk Advisor/Silveus.

Other sponsors of the event included: Dairy Queen, ARC Valley Construction, John & Laurie Knapp, Best Bet Beeflot, Fowler State Bank, 4Rivers Equipment, Winter Livestock, and Ricken Land & Cattle.

The Ag Gala committee thanked all of the individuals who were involved in some aspect of the event from donating auction items, to setting up and tearing down the event, and all the behind the scenes work that was contributed.

“It is always great to see friendly faces and welcome new faces each year. The night was full of laughter, dancing from great music by the Barn Burners, and horns tooting as we rang in the New Year.” Matthew stated.

Matthew explained how exciting it is for her to see the students at the event give back and all of the people standing behind them to continue their education, reach their goals and chase their dreams. Well deserving students can apply and be chosen to be a recipient for the Ag Premier Scholarship to keep the agricultural tradition alive. The Ag Premier Scholarship deadline is April 2, 2018 and can be found on the OJC webpage ( under scholarships. For more information, contact Brooke Matthew at 719-384-6964.


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The sixth annual Ag Gala was a success by bringing in enough funding to sponsor at least ten student scholarships. The money raised will support the Ag Premier scholarships for students pursing a degree in an agricultural related field. This year’s event was successful thanks in part to all of the sponsors and attendees of the event. For current OJC agriculture students and new students expecting to enroll for fall 2018, the Ag Premier scholarship deadline for 2018 is April 2, 2018.