Copper Mountain College Foundation's Annual Fall Dinner Raises $12,000

    October 26, 2010

    The Copper Mountain College Foundation raised more than $12,000 at its annual Fall Dinner held on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at the Bell Center on the CMC Campus. This year’s event featured the dedication of Congressman Lewis Drive, the main roadway to the Bell Center. Guest speaker and honoree, Congressman Jerry Lewis, played an instrumental role in the growth of the College, and was responsible for bringing the Foundation’s predecessor, the Friends of Copper Mountain College, to the attention of President Reagan who awarded the group the Volunteer Action Award in 1984 for its fundraising efforts that built the first phase of the College.

    Howard Van Elgort, Friends’ President in 1984, traveled from northern California to be in attendance for the Foundation’s first Bell Center event. Van Elgort once again wore the medal presented to him by President Reagan, and was one of six past Foundation Presidents to attend Saturday’s Fall Dinner event. Other past Presidents in attendance were the first President Tony Dindio and his wife Mildred, J.B. Carrol and his wife Lois, Paul Hoffman and his wife Cheryl, Mike Styles and his wife Edie, Jane Smith and her husband Paul, along with the current President, Cathy Larson and her husband Jim.

    Also featured at the fundraising event was the auction of a quilt, handcrafted by local resident JoAnne Flock and her friends.  The quilt was created as a tribute to the original quilt that began the fundraising efforts for the CMC campus, and that inspired the founding of the Friends. CMC’s Superintendent/President, Dr. Roger Wagner, saw his auctioneering skills well rewarded when the final gavel came down.  The winning bid for the quilt was $1,250 made by past Foundation President Mike Styles and his wife Edie. The Foundation is already making plans for next year’s quilt, and is pleased with the community’s support to keep the quilt tradition alive.

    The evening, hosted by CMC English Professor Greg Gilbert, included talks by two CMC students, Margaret Clark and Anita Latham. Margaret is the President of CMC’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and was an active duty Marine trained as a combat correspondent and broadcaster prior to enrolling at CMC last Fall. Margaret spoke highly of her experiences at the college and gave high marks to College faculty. Anita Latham, an active participant in the College’s Student Leadership program, has deep roots in the Morongo Basin beginning with her great-grandfather, Elmer Camp, who built his homestead, and Anita’s present home, in the early 1900’s. Anita spoke of the critical role that CMC plays in the community and in her own and her family’s life.

    State Assemblyman Paul Cook introduced U.S. Congressman Lewis, and provided an historical context for the important role the Congressman played in CMC’s development. Together, with Foundation President Cathy Larson representing Supervisor Neil Derry, the three honored the newly inducted Honorary Directors for Life, a distinction awarded by the Foundation for longtime, exemplary and dedicated service. Receiving this honor were Robert Burke, Genevieve Salisbury, Michael Styles and Christine Proudfoot, who was unable to attend.

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