College & Community Relations

Aims Foundation plans two fun events this fall

Submitted on: 08-16-2004

The Aims Foundation is getting fresh start to the new school year with two fund-raising events. Director Susan Kirkpatrick is planning a fund-raising dinner on Sept. 18 for the Fort Lupton campus and a Foundation Barbecue in October at the Greeley campus. Kirkpatrick is working now with the Title V team from Fort Lupton to secure a $250,000 funding match from the Fort Lupton Title V grant. Kirkpatrick and volunteers from the Fort Lupton campus —Stephanie Gossett, Dave Cushman, Liz Ryan, Gary Fortner, Barb Rodgers, Bev Koppes, have created the Denim to Diamonds Anniversary Banquet as one way to raise money to meet that match. The Title V grant is a federal grant awarded to Aims a few years go. Within the grant, there is a component to create an endowed scholarship fund. If Aims can raise $250,000 in the next 14 months, the grant will match that, creating a $500,000 endowment, which will generate interest, creating scholarship money for students. Tickets are on sale now for the banquet, set for 6 p.m., Sept. 18, at the Fort Lupton Community Center in Fort Lupton. Tickets for this prime-rib dinner, catered by Kenny’s Steakhouse, are $60 per plate. At present, United Power is a major sponsor of the event. Former Fort Lupton campus dean Don Cummins will emcee the banquet, which will feature the musical stylings of Fort Lupton resident Denny Mintle and his band. Dress up to the nines, or take it easy in your jeans. This banquet is not only to celebrate Aims’ Fort Lupton 20th anniversary and raise money for scholarships, it also is to celebrate the lasting partnership Aims has with the town of Fort Lupton. To buy tickets or for more information, call the Aims Foundation at (970) 339-6556. The Foundation Barbecue will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1 at the College Center. Participates can enjoy a Sloppy Bubba from Bubba’s Barbecue, tap their toes to the sounds of Kream of the Krop and help raise money to support the work of the Aims Foundation. Union Colony Bank has underwritten the event so thickets are only $10 if you buy them ahead of time; $12 at the door. Contact Tobi Vegter in the Foundation at ext. 6556 to buy tickets or for more information. Quantities are limited, so get tickets early. The Aims Foundation is dedicated to providing scholarship money to students throughout Aims. During the 2004 scholarship process, 70 scholarships were awarded to 59 students, not including the scholarships provided to student parents who use the sliding-fee scale at the Monfort Child Care Center. The total value of those awards reached $71,000, with individual awards ranging from $250 to $3,000.

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