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OJC Press Release ID: 2924


Friday, April 19, 2019

Tickets Available for OJC’s Healthcare Gala Kristi Hartless to be Keynote

 

The Otero Junior College Foundation and OJC Nursing Department will host the sixth annual Healthcare Gala, on May 6, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the OJC Rizzuto Banquet Room. This event benefits OJC students pursuing careers in healthcare fields through the Kay Mahoney Memorial Scholarship fund.

Kristi Hartless was raised in La Junta. As a senior in high school she excelled academically and in sports and was able to earn a scholarship to play college softball. However, before she started college, tragedy struck. “A horse-back riding accident left me in a coma with a severe head injury and I was paralyzed from the mid-chest down as a result of a crushed spinal cord. I was not expected to live through the night and when I did come out of the coma, I was filled with so much uncertainly,” she explained.

Hartless will share her inspirational story of survival at the OJC’s Healthcare Gala and how she has navigated the last 25 years of her life. It is her hope that her story will help in supporting students in OJC’s healthcare field through scholarships.

“Remember, tickets are available for anyone who would like to attend; from community members to business leaders to direct health caregivers,” said Dillon Martin, OJC foundation director.

Included in the evening will be a full dinner, an auction, basket raffles, speaker and more.

Tickets for the event are $25 and are available for pre-purchase only until May 3. No tickets will be sold at the door. To reserve a ticket, contact Dillon Martin at 719-384-6890 or dillon.martin@ojc.edu.

“This is going to be a great evening that we are looking forward to. This night is not only fun for attendees but will provide scholarships to OJC students pursing a heath related degree.” Amanda Clerkin, OJC nursing director said.

For more information on sponsorships, tickets or the OJC Foundation, contact Dillon Martin at 719-384-6890.

 

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The Otero Junior College Foundation and OJC Nursing Department will host the sixth annual Healthcare Gala, on May 6, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the OJC Rizzuto Banquet Room. All money raised through this event will benefit OJC students pursing a degree in a health related field. Pictured are a few of last year’s attendees.







 

 

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