AROUND TOWN: Junior Achievement Auction Gala celebrates 20 years

June 16, 2013 Updated: July 8, 2013 at 11:05 am
photo - 061613 JA 051113 Photo by Linda Navarro
John Haney and Beth O'Brien
061613 JA 051113 Photo by Linda Navarro John Haney and Beth O'Brien 

Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado Inc. has fine-turned fundraising auction action into a well-oiled machine - and an all-around evening of fun.

True to form, the group's 20th anniversary "Make a Splash" on May 11, which drew 360 merrymakers, lived up to that 2013 theme.

The JA tradition, raising funds for 19 K-12 programs in business, economics, personal finance and more, is a black-tie evening filled with gourmet food, a ballroom-sized silent auction and a spirited live auction. No speeches, no statistics, just a filled-with-laughter chat-a-thon evening with friends teamed with auction competition.

The event raised $87,000. The auction committee included Kathy Schwindt, JA board chair; Leonard Miller, Schmidt Construction; Scott Shollenbarger, CSHP; Rita Nicholson, Wells Fargo Insurance Services; Laura Frank, Lockheed Martin; Michael Spry, Pepsico; Ann Sulley, Rescare Homecare; Karin Kovalovsky, Aventa Credit Union; Jan Booker, JA Outstanding Volunteer; Penny Immel, JA.

Summit sponsors, the top ones: Antlers Hilton, site of the gala, Colorado Springs Health Partners, Comcast, Commerce Bank, El Pomar Foundation, FedEx Services, Lockheed Martin, Schmidt Construction and Wells Fargo Advisors.

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