Upon learning she had received the Distinguished Service Award, Fowler stated, “I am greatly humbled and honored to be receiving the Distinguished Service Award from Coconino Community College. Establishing the Page Higher Education Center has been a vision and a dream for quite some time. With dedication, collaboration and time, the dream has come true …”
Also during the event, dozens of the 58 students who received 79 scholarship awards worth more than $112,000 were recognized for their dedication to education. Including Burkart, student speakers included Chris Rathkey, who received the Marine League Charities Scholarship, and Joshelle Tsinnijinnie, who received the CCC2NAU President’s and Northern Coconino County Page scholarships.
Burkart shared with the audience that her new babies came with a host of medical challenges – born premature, requiring blood transfusions, oxygen, surgeries. Two of the boys underwent withdrawals from drugs.
“Today, my boys are happy, healthy little 4 and 5 year olds going to school and living life without any hindrances,” Burkart said. “I feel the constant love, care and dedication to helping my babies in every possible way was a huge part of their recovery.”
She is a CCC2NAU student and plans on attending NAU after she completes her studies at CCC. She has received the Dennis M. Connell, Northern Coconino County Page and CCC2NAU Raymond Educational Foundation scholarships, and thanked each for their contributions to her education.
“I also wanted to extend a thank you to all teachers and faculty who help make our education a success here at CCC,” Burkart said. “This has been a positive experience for me, and I am proud to be a CCC student.”
Following the Annual Meeting, guests were treated to the unveiling of the newly remodeled Veterans Center at the Lone Tree Campus.
Record Crowds at 2017 Palette to Palate
Palette to Palate keeps growing and getting better every year. The fundraising event to support the CCC Fine Arts Department and student scholarships attracted more than 350 participants from the community who enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and desserts from 15 of the best local restaurants as well as musical and dance performances by high school students from Flagstaff Arts &Leadership Academy. Thank you to our Patron Sponsor, Findlay Toyota.
A special thank you goes out to the artists and in-kind donors who generously provided items for the live and silent auctions which raised more than $10,000 for art programs at CCC.
Thank You: Tom Alexander, Art of the People (Baje Whithorne Sr., Bahe Whitethorne Jr. and Randall Wilson), Hope Barnett, Bryan Bates, Blendz Winery & Bar, Gary Boyer, Anita Caro, Arlene Connolly, Creative Spirits, Robert Dalegowski, David Dawangyumptewa, Janet Dean (for APS), Matthew Derminio, Elaine Dillingham, Darcy Falk, Don Fethkenher, Connie Fletcher, Sondra Francis, Pamela Grantham, Jamey Hasapis, Donal Hill, Lee hughes, Patrick Hurley, Shane Knight, Sonja London-Hall, Sharon McGinnis, Joshua Meyer, Museum of Northern Arizona, Karen Myers, Jerry O'Connor, Lynn Overend, Bill Owen, Adair Patterson, Alan Petersen, Sharri Penland, Nick Quayle, Carol Rackley, Carme Ribera, Fran Robbins, Elisa Rosales, Rus Rose, Ben Roti, Don Rowley, Nancy Ruby, Leancy Rupert, Linda Russell, Jim Schroeder, Linda Shearer-Shiting, Jocelyn Shiner, Alexi Stoll, Dawn Sutherland, Connie Townsend, Mark Vranesh, Lina Wallen, Lani Weis, Elizbieta Zalewska.
The evening would not have been such a great success without the participation of businesses in our community who show their support of the College. Please consider supporting the following businesses that generously contribute to Palette to Palate:
To see photos of the event visit the flickr link. We look forward to seeing you at next year's event!
Friday, September 8, 2017
Tiffany Burkart lost her father to cancer in 2009, and she remembered her father and family being surrounded by caring, compassionate hospice nurses and doctors.
To heal the “brokenness inside,” she and her husband decided to become foster parents to medically fragile children. Over the course of two years, the couple adopted four baby boys.
“Our home was set up just like a hospital, if you can imagine,” she told the crowd. And during the time she cared for her little boys, she thought about going to college, to become a nurse and help others.
Burkart is now a nursing student at Coconino Community College, and she is being helped by a number of scholarships offered through the CCC Foundation. She shared her story with more than 200 people who attended the Foundation’s Annual Meeting, Alumni and Awards Breakfast on Friday, Sept. 8.
During the event, Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler was honored with the CCC Distinguished Service Award for her longtime championing of education to county residents – her most current effort being instrumental in the creation of the Higher Education Consortium Project in Page. CCC President Colleen A. Smith, PhD, and CCC District Governing Board Chair Patricia Garcia gave Fowler her award.