The fifth annual Scholarship Recognition Luncheon, hosted by the Community College of Aurora Foundation, was held April 29 at the Marriott DTC. The event honored the 2009-2010 Foundation scholarship recipients and acknowledged the donors who made the scholarships possible.
An early surprise was the announcement by Brad Pierce, president of the CCA Foundation board and an Aurora city council member, who said he will enhance his support by naming CCAF the beneficiary of an individual retirement account he inherited from his mother. The funds will be used to support scholarships at CCA. “My hope is that this donation will change the lives of the individuals who will receive these awards,” he said.
Other highlights of the luncheon: films featuring scholarship recipients Danielle Jenson and Rashad Morris were shown, and corporate sponsors ADT Security Services, Brakes Plus, 2G Associates, FirstBank, Medical Center of Aurora, Pinnacol Assurance, Suss Buick Pontiac GMC, Baker Hostetler, Citywide Banks, and Colorado Capital Banks were acknowledged. Kimberly Banks and Avery Dopher were recognized as recipients of Student Success Award Scholarships, and Derek Sagerman, Cameron Roath, Daniel Hunt, and Warren Moorehead, beneficiaries of the Daniels Opportunity Scholarship program, were applauded. Additionally, Christenza Lager was honored as the Chairs Choice Scholarship Recipient for 2009.
Longtime supporter Jim Lewien gave an impassioned talk on the values of a good education and a strong work ethic. He told those gathered: “You are creating your own legacy when you earn a degree or a certificate, and you are doing the same when you provide support allowing someone to pursue an education.” Robin McGuire, New Beginning Scholarship recipient, offered inspiring remarks about the opportunities the college has given her following a series of life-changing events. “I can, and will, redefine myself through education,” she promised. And when she succeeds, she said, she will fulfill her desire to give back “and help others achieve their goals and dreams.”
Diane Garcia, CCAF board member, challenged attendees to contribute and promised to match all contributions dollar for dollar up to a total of $10,000. Lastly, a video tribute to a CCAF donor, the late Gerald. A. “Jerry” Kraus, was shown and presented to his wife, Mary Ellen.