CNCC Foundation dinner nets more than $71k

RBC |A lively crowd gathered for the 15th annual Colorado Northwestern Community College (CNCC) Foundation Dinner held on March 30. The yearly event raises funds to support scholarships for CNCC students. 

As guests arrived, they browsed the many silent auction offerings and chatted with friends. CNCC’s National Park Service Seasonal Law Enforcement students provided table service, ran the beer and wine table and assisted with the auction.

Chevron’s Mikel Wiley took a moment to talk about how Chevron values their long-standing relationship with CNCC and how they believe in CNCC’s mission and want to increase scholarship opportunities for students. “For these reasons, Chevron is increasing our annual donation to $25,000,” said Wiley.

CNCC President Ron Granger then took the stage to honor Jane Miller, long-time CNCC supporter who recently passed away. Her contributions to CNCC have been many, including her two most precious resources: daughters Angie Miller and Kathy Kottenstette, who both work at CNCC. Nearly every eye in the room grew teary and Miller was honored with a rousing standing ovation from the crowd.

Emcee Keith Peterson, CNCC Vice President of Instruction, and Jed Moore, CNCC Rodeo Coach and Auctioneer for the evening keep the crowd energized and laughing with their unique brand of humor and hijinks.

“This event brings out the best of this community. So many generous people and businesses come together each year to raise scholarship funds for CNCC students,” said Sue Samaniego, director of the CNCC Foundation. “I am so happy to be a part of this college and community. Thank you all so much!”

For those who have taken the online survey after the event, Samaniego would like to ensure you the auction is not going away. “The feedback has been clear: the auction is an integral part of the entertainment of the evening,” said Samaniego.

If you have not yet taken the survey, it is still open at: . 

Thank you to all who donated, attended or in any way contributed to the CNCC Foundation Dinner. For more information on the Foundation contact Sue Samaniego at 970-675-3216 or

Special to the Herald Times