The Fourth Annual OJC New Year’s Eve Ag Gala was sold out as residents and businesses ‘Roped In’ the New Year together. The attendees supported a good cause while enjoying an evening of fun.

The Fourth Annual OJC New Year’s Eve Ag Gala was sold out as residents and businesses ‘Roped In’ the New Year together. The attendees supported a good cause while enjoying an evening of fun.  The 2015 event, sponsored by the OJC Foundation, raised just over $11,000 with all proceeds benefiting agriculture students at OJC by providing funds for scholarships.
 
The evening consisted of a beef brisket dinner, gourmet chocolates, a cash bar, dancing to the live band The Saddle Sores, and a live auction. The live auction was led by auctioneer Cody Downare, and featured items donated by local businesses and community members.  Some of the items included a beef prep basket, a bourbon basket, a hand-crafted wooden Christmas tree, and Avalanche tickets. The auction alone raised $2660 toward the OJC agriculture scholarships.
 
The evening would not have been possible without the sponsors and support of the community.
 
The sponsors who made the evening possible were:
 
·         The Platinum Sponsors of $1000 or more; The State Bank, Colorado Vet Clinic, Farm Credit of Southern Colorado, and Waddell & Reed Investment Services.

 
·         The Gold Sponsors between $500 and $999; La Junta Mill and Elevator, La Junta Livestock, TLC Vet Clinic, Matthew Farms, Beatty Canyon Ranch, Goff Family, Dave Lewis Trucking, Wallace Oil Company, and Howe Feeders.

·         The Silver Sponsors of $350 to $499; First National Bank of La Junta, Brett & Nancy Balenseifen/ Mosimann Saddlery, Pipeyard, Rehab Solutions, Best Bet Beeflot, North by Southeast Ranches, United Feedyard, Broce Well Service, and Sodexo.

 
The OJC Ag Sciences program faculty and the OJC Foundation would like to thank all who contributed to the success of this event.
 
Mark your calendar to attend the next Annual New Year’s Eve Ag Gala on Saturday, December 31, 2016 and help us celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Ag Gala, as well as the 75th Anniversary of OJC! Everything will be bigger and better!
 
For more information on the Gala, to become an ag scholarship donor, or if you or someone you know are interested in becoming a part of the next generation to feed the nation and would like to apply to be an Ag student, please contact Brooke Matthew at (719)384-6964.  Don’t forget OJC Ag scholarships are due April 15, 2016.