500 Supporters Gather For Scholarship Drive At Northern’s Foundation Gala

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500 Supporters Gather For Scholarship Drive At Northern’s Foundation Gala

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Northern New Mexico College Foundation held their twentieth annual fundraising gala on Saturday, Nov. 14, with over 500 people in attendance. The gala which took place at the Ohkay Owingeh Casino and event center is the largest fundraising push of the year for the foundation, as it works to raise funds for scholarships for students.


Superintendents from two school districts. Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent of Los Alamos Schools and Bobbie Gutierrez, Superintendent for Espanola Valley Schools came to support the scholarship drive. Photo by Carol A. Clark, Valley Daily Post

The Northern New Mexico College Foundation — a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation — has been raising funds to support scholarships and other college initiatives since 1995. The Foundation exists to promote and further the interests, objectives and purposes of the College; to seek and receive gifts, legacies and grants of money or other tangible assets; to administer such for the benefit of the college; and to provide active leadership, direction and expertise in fund raising efforts for the College.

The Foundation’s Scholarship Endowment Funds have grown to more than $3 million. The endowments are one additional way to ensure access to higher education for students from throughout northern New Mexico. The majority of the students balance work, school and family in an effort to improve their lives. Scholarship support can keep students focused on completion of their education.


Johnny Abeyta, Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Ohkay Owingeh delivers the keynote address. Photo by Robert Naranjo with the Valley Daily Post

This year’s featured speaker was Northern alumni and current Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Ohkay Owingeh, Johnny Abeyta. He spoke about how embracing his Pueblo culture as a young man was pivotal in deciding he “wanted to help his people” and how Northern made it possible for him to achieve his education dreams.


Northern's President, Nancy Barceló. Photo by Carol A. Clark with the Valley Daily Post

Northern’s President, Nancy Barceló, said during the night that when first she arrived at the College, the Foundation’s event was one of her first as President and by coincidence will be one of the last, as President as she is set to retire in July of 2016. Barceló said she will continue at Northern as a tenured professor.

Local supporters and dignitaries from throughout northern New Mexico attended, lending their support to the foundation. See below for more images of the evening.


Española City Councilor Michelle Martinez and family at the gala. Photo by Carol A. Clark, Valley Daily Post


Española City  Manager Kelly Duran and his wife Trish Duran. Photo by Carol A. Clark, Valley Daily Post

State Representative Nick Salazar and his wife Maria Ana sit with their son Earl Salazar, Governor of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Photo by Carol A. Clark, Valley Daily Post

Kurt Steinhaus, NNMC Foundation President Liddie Martinez, and Jack Killeen with SOC, corporate sponsor of the 2015 Gala.  Photo by Carol A. Clark, Valley Daily Post


Rio Arriba County Commissioner Barney Trujillo and Clarissa. Photo by Carol A. Clark, Valley Daily Post


Rio Arriba County Commissioner Alex Naranjo and his wife, Chief Clerk of the New Mexico Senate, Lenore Naranjo. Photo by Carol A. Clark, Valley Daily Post

 

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