The Otero Junior College Foundation will host the fourth annual “Celebrating Excellence in Health Gala,” on April 19 at 6 p.m. in the OJC Student Center Banquet Room.

The Otero Junior College Foundation will host the fourth annual “Celebrating Excellence in Health Gala,” on April 19 at 6 p.m. in the OJC Student Center Banquet Room. This event benefits OJC students pursuing careers in healthcare fields through the Kay Mahoney Memorial/Kaiser Permanente Healthcare Scholarship fund.

Mary C. Kelly, PhD, CSP, Commander, US Navy (retired) will serve as the keynote speaker. Raised in Texas, Mary Kelly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over 20 years on active duty in intelligence and logistics. She has master’s degrees in history and economics, a PhD in economics and over 20 years combined experience teaching economics, finance, history and management. The bestselling author of Master Your World, Kelly offers key insights into the world of leadership and productivity. Her goal is to make leadership fun and fulfilling.

“Remember, tickets are available for anyone who would like to attend; from community members to business leaders to direct health care givers,” said Sue Samaniego, OJC Foundation director. “We all have a stake in developing our future healthcare providers and celebrating the work of those currently in the many fields under the healthcare umbrella. Our event gives an opportunity to do both. We are so excited to have Dr. Kelly as this year’s speaker. She is sure to provide inspiration to all who attend.”

Included in the evening will be a full dinner, an auction, basket raffles and more. Auction items include two sets of Dr. Kelly’s books, a coaching package that includes a set of books, plus her 5-Minute series and 90 minutes of leadership coaching/productivity consulting with Dr. Kelly, a hog, a night’s stay at Midnight Rose/The Brass Ass/JP McGill’s in Cripple Creek, Oakley sunglasses donated by ABBA, a special Sweet Indulgent Creations cake, and much more.

Tickets for the event are $25 and are available for pre-purchase only until April 12. No tickets will be sold at the door. To reserve a ticket, contact Sue Samaniego at 384-6821 or Becci Lease at 384-6898 or purchase them online at http://www.ojc.edu/about/newsevents/ojcevents/foundation/health_gala.aspx.

For more information on sponsorships, tickets or the OJC Foundation, contact Sue Samaniego at (719) 384-6821.