NMJC Employees, Area Businesses Partner for Students
1/5/2010 2:00:57 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. For the last seven years, a group of dedicated support staff at New Mexico Junior College has held an annual fundraising event to provide scholarships for deserving students. In spite of the troubled economy, 2009 ended as the group’s best year yet.
While past fundraisers have included garage sales, raffles, quilts, and cookbooks, it was decided by the group that this year’s fundraiser was to be another raffle, which was a good decision, especially considering that it resulted in a record $2,575 in ticket sales. Randy Johns, who oversees Fleet Maintenance and is currently president of the group, said their success translates to scholarships and other possible help for deserving students.
“Our goal is to give $1,000 each year to the NMJC Foundation for scholarships,” Johns stated. “In turn, we stipulate that the recipients must be full-time students and have a 2.5 Grade Point Average (GPA). This way, we can provide a $500 scholarship to a student for both the fall and spring semesters, and as affordable as NMJC is, we believe that can make a real difference for a student. When there’s leftover money, we can also help students with emergency situations or simply send flowers or cards. There are all sorts of ways to help people and let them know that someone cares.”
According to Johns, one reason for the success of this year’s fundraiser was due to the generosity of area businesses. “People need to know that in spite of the tight economy businesses were extremely generous and donated great prizes as incentives for people to buy tickets. We try to let everyone know what these businesses do to help support education in Lea County, and in turn, we hope people will remember them first when it comes time to shop. They’re our partners in education, and I hope people will show them the appreciation they deserve.”
Winners and prizes from this year’s raffle included the following: Rachel Castillo, 3-piece luggage set donated by JC Penney; Mario Garcia, $100 gift certificate donated by La Tienda; Alexia Calderon, $150 gift certificate donated by NAPA; Rhonda Sudduth, $180 value “Commitment Plus” donated by Tate Branch Motors; Jesse Lopez, silver bracelet donated by Maria Parras; James Appel, countertop donated by Pop’s Top Shop; and Faith Rodriguez, 32” flat screen TV donated by NMJC Support Staff and Maintenance Department.