Mapleton Education Foundation Raises More Than $280,000 at 25th Anniversary Gala!
Twenty-five years ago, the Mapleton Education Foundation was a tiny spark fueled and fanned by a group of dedicated staff and community members.
Today, we are a mighty flame.
On Friday, October 20th, the Foundation hosted a wildly successful 25th Anniversary Gala. Thanks to more than 600 generous donors and guests, we soared past our original $250,000 fundraising goal, ultimately raising over $280,000 in support of Mapleton students. This goal wasn’t an arbitrary one. We needed to meet that goal to ensure that at least 50 Mapleton students were guaranteed the support they need to enroll in a postsecondary program with no private loans – and hopefully with no loans at all. We also needed to provide a $100,000 investment in the District’s new CareerX program. This program will ensure that students who don’t choose a postsecondary path immediately after graduation will have the job skills they need to begin a rewarding, well-paying career. Thanks to you, all of this can happen.
Guests not only raised an enormous amount of money, but also had a great time! The program kicked off with heart-pounding performances from Mapleton’s marching band and color guard. After Mapleton’s Air Force Junior ROTC presented the colors, master of ceremonies and Board President Beth Yohe kept the crowd engaged for the entire evening. Attendees were able to learn about the unbounded generosity of Tim Van Binsbergen, general manager of Mountain States Toyota and the evening’s Impact Lifetime Achievement award winner.
A highlight of the program is always the student speaker, and this year’s program didn’t disappoint, with the crowd hearing from two accomplished Mapleton Education Foundation scholars. Norma Frank, one of the Foundation’s founding board members, introduced Mengyuan Yu, who moved to the United States as a high school student not speaking any English. This spring, she graduated from Colorado School of Mines with her master’s degree in environmental engineering. Mengyuan now has a job at Colorado Lighting under the leadership of her named scholarship donor from all those years ago, Norma Frank. Mengyuan introduced Andrea Juarez, a sophomore at Colorado State University, who shared her story and her dreams of becoming a guardian ad litem. After a wild and exciting live auction led by auctioneer Adam Kevil, Board member Dave Sauer and co-executive director Channing Puchino inspired the crowd to contribute an additional $30,250 to the Foundation’s programs, ensuring we can start our next 25 years with the resources we need to help Mapleton students achieve their dreams.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, thank you for ensuring that we can continue to nurture the greatness of Mapleton students. Our next 25 years are off to an amazing start!
We are very grateful for the support of many generous sponsors. Please make sure to thank them the next time you frequent their business!
Also Sponsored By:
Northpoint Surgery & Aesthetics
Valley Bank + Trust
Adams County Board of County Commissioners
Cage Bucar Lewis
Colorado School of Mines
Mike Crawford and Beth Bennett
The Filoreto Family
Front Range Community College
The Fuller Family
Golden Triangle Construction
The Martinez Family
In Memory of Lisa Marchi
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement at the University of Colorado Boulder
Premier Member’s Credit Union
The Puchino and Sontag Families
The Toussaint Family
Triumph Capital, LLC
Valley Bank + Trust
Nancy and Tom Yohe