Letters to the editor (04/18/13)

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UNM-VC is thankful
Editor:
The students, faculty and staff of the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus say “thank you” to the Valencia County community for their overwhelming support of the Fourth Annual “Roads to Success” Gala Event held Feb. 16 at the Student Community Center on the campus.
This year’s gala event raised more than $26,000 for the endowed scholarship fund, which means that money will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the federal government. Indeed, the gala event has become the Valentine’s Day event in Valencia County!
The gala is not possible without support of individual and business sponsors from the community. This year’s platinum sponsors were Nancy Huning Schmierbach and Louis Huning. Gold sponsors included Presbyterian Health Plan, the Valencia County News-Bulletin and Corrine Sedillo. Silver sponsors included Nick and Lynna Blea of Lone Mountain Contracting, Inc., Noe and Dianna Lara, Los Lunas Schools, Walmart Distribution Center and Rio Grande Financial Network. Copper sponsors included Aristech Acrylics, LLC, Don Chalmers Ford, Kandy Cordova and Eloisa Tabet, First American Bank, Georgia Otero-Kirkham, New Mexico Bank & Trust, New Mexico Water Service Co., Noblin Funeral Service, Rio Communities Association, Rosales Law Group and Los Lunas Mayor Robert Vialpando.
There were also some amazing donations made by various individuals in the community. These gifts became baskets for the very successful silent auction, or were items for the popular live auction. Donations made by artists became part of the equally successful raffle. We are very grateful for these individuals and artists who provided us with these great donations!
This year’s gala included a gift basket competition. Winners of this competition include Stewart Title for Highest Bid Basket; Golden Gate Day Spa for Most Romantic Basket; and a tie between Noblin Funeral Home and Belen High School for Most Unique Basket.
None of this would have been possible without the hard work put in by the gala committee. Members of that committee include Georgia Otero-Kirkham, committee chairwoman; Sonya C’Moya, development board chair; and committee members Kandy Cordova, Rhonda Davis, Penny Griego, Russell Griego, Jan Pacifico, Yvonne Sanchez and Eloisa Tabet.
It was also announced by Dr. Alice Letteney, executive director of the campus, at the gala that the endowed scholarship fund has reached a milestone. The fund now has more than $1 million, which enhances the school’s abilities to provide very deserving students with scholarships so that they can pursue their dreams.
Various UNM-Valencia Campus staff members and students also volunteered their time to help make this the best gala event to date. There are too many to list here because of space limitations!
We can only say: thank you, thank you, thank you!

Ann-Mary MacLeod
Manager of Development and Donor Relations
UNM-Valencia Campus