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OJC Press Release ID: 3141

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Otero College Ag Gala Shines Bright


The Otero College campus was shining bright for the Annual Ag Gala on New Year’s Eve! The night was filled with a beef brisket dinner, live country music by Country Gold, dancing, cash bar, door prizes, and live and silent auctions. With the help of 35 sponsors and the numerous donated auction items, the Otero Agricultural Science Program and Foundation were able to raise just over $16,100 for the Agriculture Scholarships, making this the largest fundraiser yet!

According to the head of the Ag Program, Brooke Matthew, “The Campus was bright on New Year’s as friends, neighbors, colleagues and family rang in the 2022 year. The Otero Foundation and the Agriculture Program would like to thank all the amazing sponsors and donors that made the night possible. The funds raised that evening go directly to agriculture scholarships to students.”

Platinum sponsors include: Colorado Vet Clinic, First National Bank, LPL Financial, Pipeyard, Southeast Health Group, The State Bank, Wallace Oil Company, and Welch Cattle Company. Next, Gold sponsors include: La Junta Livestock, Matthew Farms, Colorado Bank & Trust, Ag Risk Advisor/Silveus, Ordway Cattle Feeders, 4 Rivers Equipment, Winter Livestock, 007 & MJ Cattle, and the Goff Family. The Silver sponsors include: JLH Electrical, Dr. Tim Alvarez & Family, Crowder Ranch, Jake & Kristi Mayo, Jim & Nancy Rizzuto, and SODEXO. The Turquoise sponsors include: Broce’s Well Service, VJP Farms, Ark Valley Seed, SECO Ranch Planning, Shawn Japhet Family, Darrel & Angie Hoss, and Bruce & Kandi Nittler. Finally other sponsors including: Heimerick Farms, Rob & Colleen Oquist, Dave & Almabeth Kaess, Best Bet Beeflot, and Ricken Land & Cattle.

All proceeds from the Ag Gala benefit students majoring in Agricultural Science at Otero college through the Ag Premier Scholarship. The 2021-2022 Scholarship recipients are: Cord Proctor, Swink; Jacob Groves, Cheraw; Eugene Jackson, Jaroso; Ashley Martin, Harrisville, UT; and Emily Nelson of Haswell.

Scholarship recipient Cord Proctor stated, “This scholarship has allowed me to focus on my academics while pursuing my degree in the agriculture industry. I really appreciate the community and the foundation for their support of the Ag Premier Scholarship and helping students like myself, pursue a career in Ag.”

The Otero Ag Program and Foundation is grateful for all the Ag Gala sponsors and their contributions. The continuous support and donations are invaluable, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Ag Gala on New Year’s Eve in 2022.

The scholarship deadline for the agriculture scholarship is April 1, 2022. For more information about the Otero Agriculture Program or how to contribute to Agriculture Scholarships, contact Brooke Matthew at 719-384-6964 or, or Dillon Martin at 719-384-6890 or

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All proceeds from the New Year’s Eve Ag Gala benefit Agricultural Science Scholarships at Otero College. The 2021-2022 Ag Scholars include: (front row) Cord Proctor, Swink; Jacob Groves, Cheraw; Eugene Jackson, Jaroso; (back row) Ashley Martin, Harrisville, UT; and Emily Nelson, Haswell.