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OJC Press Release ID: 2865

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

OJC New Year’s Eve Ag Gala will kick off 2019


The Otero Junior College Ag Program and Foundation is ready to “Kick off the New Year” with the 7th Annual OJC Foundation New Year’s Eve Ag Gala, to be held on Dec. 31 at Otero Junior College Rizzuto Banquet Room in the OJC Student Center. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. and celebrating the New Year will continue until 1:00 a.m.

According to Brooke Matthew, lead instructor for the OJC Ag Program, a beef brisket dinner will be served with an available cash bar and $10 beer boots.

The event will include a live country/western band, Deuces Wild, a silent and live auction will be happening throughout the evening, in addition to numerous door prizes.

The goal of the Ag Gala is to raise money for agriculture scholarships. “It is also our goal to continue to educate students about our agricultural roots and give them the best advantage to succeed later in life to pass down to their next generations,” said Matthew.

Sophomore scholarship recipients were Hannah Cesar, Fowler; Kimberlee Stinson, Thatcher, Colo.; and Kelsey Drinkall, Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada. Freshman scholarship recipients were Brody Morgan Silt, Colo.; and Jerraldawn Rector, Agate, Colo. The scholars greatly appreciate the help they are receiving. Hannah Cesar stated, “By receiving this scholarship, it has allowed me to continue my education, thanks to the financial assistance it has provided. I thank everyone that contributed to help me continue to pursue my goal of becoming a veterinarian.”

“Every year has led to a great success, not only in the Agriculture classroom but also for students who are seeking to keep agriculture thriving”, said Matthew. “The sponsorships and attendance we have seen each year for this event is appreciated beyond words and every recipient of each year’s scholarship award winners are grateful that they can continue to pursue their dreams,” she said.

Matthew stated that the 2018 Ag Gala brought in just over $9,000 allowing the Ag program to award several scholarships to well-deserved individuals.

For this year’s event there are four different levels of sponsorships available, each including a table for eight guests and a bottle of champagne. The Platinum sponsorship ($1,000 and up) also includes a bottle of red wine, door prize tickets, and eight beer boots. Each Platinum sponsor will have a 2017 Ag Premier Scholar named to represent their sponsorship. The Gold Sponsors ($500 to $999) will also receive door prize tickets. Silver sponsors are ($350-$499). The turquoise sponsor is a half table seating four guests for $150. Couple’s tickets are available for $60 and a single ticket for $35.

Matthew explained that the preferred attire for the evening is cowboy casual. “Do not forget to give your horse a break or the tractor a rest and come put your boots up for an evening of celebrating the New Year and our agricultural roots,” she stated.

For more information, to sponsor, or to purchase tickets contact Brooke Matthew at 719-384-6964 or Dillon Martin at 719-384-6821.


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The Otero Junior College New Year’s Eve Ag Gala will be held on Dec. 31 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the OJC Rizzuto Banquet Room located in the OJC Student Center. The event raises scholarship money for students enrolled in the OJC Agriculture Program. Pictured are the 2018-2019 Ag Scholars (l-r): Brody Morgan Silt, Colo.; Jerraldawn Rector, Agate, Colo.; Hannah Cesar, Fowler, and Kimberlee Stinson, Thatcher, Colo. Not pictured is Kelsey Drinkall, Chetwynd, British Columbia, Canada.