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contents 3  Honoring Verde Valley’s Chuck Mabery

Verde campus holds naming ceremony for the Chuck Mabery Pavilion.


Help for the Granite

Mountain Hotshots Families Foundation will manage scholarship fund for Hotshots families and the 20th Hotshot.

12 Annual Meeting Report

Yavapai College Foundation honors outgoing Board members and College/ community leaders for their contributions during the past year.

3 A publication of Yavapai College Foundation

Board Officers William C. Miller, III, President Dr. Richard Wright, Immediate Past President Perry Massie, First Vice President Kristi Edwards, Second Vice President Karen Rizk, Treasurer Jim Messerschmitt, Secretary Dr. Penelope Wills, Yavapai College President

12 15 The Ross Arcair Endowed Scholarship

Scholarship, endowed by the family of Ron Ross, benefits deserving students who demonstrate grit, gumption and good faith in pursuing technical studies.

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Fire engines from across the southwest were familiar sights on Yavapai College’s Prescott campus and around the Prescott area in the days following the Yarnell Hill fire tragedy as hundreds of firefighters came to pay their respects for the fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots. Our report on the College’s involvement and the Granite Mountain Hotshots Scholarship Fund begins on page 4.

Board Members Patricia Arntzen Dr. Russ Balda Pam Haber Ernie Jones Sr. Dr. John La Tourette Dr. Bertrand Kaper Bonnie McMinn Howard Moody Jean Phillips (Emeritus) Steve Rutherford Sharon Scanlan Robert Schmitt Joe Van Bourgondien Angela Walker-Weber Dave Wilhelmsen Regina Younger Ex-officio Members Clint Ewell, YC Vice President of Finance & Administrative Services Frank Fitzgerald (Parliamentarian) Dr. Will Fisher, President, Friends of Music Patsy Ray, President, Friends of the YC Library Anne Rawlings, Friends of the Family Enrichment Center Dr. Patricia McCarver, District Governing Board Liaison Dr. Gary Cassidy, President, FRIENDS of YC Art

Ex-officio Members (con't.) Steve Walker, Executive Director, Foundation and YC Vice President, of College Advancement Joy Inman, President, Greater Verde Valley Chapter Gary Cassidy, President, FRIENDS of YC Art Steve Walker, Executive Director, Foundation and YC Vice President of College Advancement David Snyder, President, Roughrider Club Julie Larson, President, Greater Verde Valley Chapter Jodi Williams, Alumni Outreach YCF and Development Staff Abigail Biro, Donor Relations Manager Linda Buchanan, Development Officer, Greater Verde Valley Kim Flores, Coordinator, College Development and Foundation Marcia Jacobson, Grants Officer Paul Kirchgraber, Director of Development Jeanne Welch, Director of Finance and Operations Focus is published by the Yavapai College Foundation 1100 E. Sheldon St. Prescott, AZ 86301 (928) 776-2025 The Mission of the Yavapai College Foundation is to support Yavapai College objectives and activities through resource development and promote community awareness of the College and its programs.

f rom the president A new year has begun for the YCF Board, and it offers exciting opportunities for the Foundation, Yavapai College and our community. Following is an overview of some of what we are working on. Like you, we were shocked and saddened by the deaths of our 19 Hotshots. We met July 3, just three days after the tragedy and set up a scholarship to help with post-secondary schooling expenses for the wives, fiancÊes, and children of the deceased along with Brendan McDonough, the surviving Hotshot. The scholarships will cover all education costs for a two-year degree at Yavapai College (YC) or equivalent dollars may be used at other schools of the recipient’s choice. Money remaining after fulfilling our commitment to survivors will be available to other students enrolled in the YC Wildland Fire Sciences program. Funds will be used only for these purposes. We continue working to increase economic development in our community. Over the last several months, we interviewed nearly 100 community and business leaders about prospects for a YC-run business incubator. Flagstaff has a similar program that is connected with NAU and has achieved significant success helping to develop and support new businesses that have added economic diversity and new jobs to the local community. We anticipate reviewing results and recommendations from the feasibility study before year-end. Fund-raising efforts continue for the College vineyard and winery. In May, my wife and I joined others to help plant three acres of grapevines at the Verde Valley campus, giving a two-year total of six acres of vines planted. In time the vineyard is expected to grow to 17 acres, which will be enough to supply the 3,000-case teaching winery that will be built on

campus. Construction of the winery will start later this fall and is expected to be ready for use for the start of the 2014-15 school year. Meanwhile, students are already enrolled in the two-year viticulture and enology degree program. This is another economic development activity that is meeting a rapidly growing need for a trained workforce in the awardwinning Arizona wine industry. With the start of a new year, we welcomed five newly elected members to the Board. With their diverse backgrounds and accomplishments, the Board is enhanced with the addition of Dr. Russ Balda, Jim Messerschmitt, Joe VanBourgondien, Angela WalkerWeber and Dave Wilhelmsen. If you have not made a donation to the Hotshots Scholarship Fund, I encourage you to join the hundreds of donors who have contributed so far. And, of course, we welcome donations in support of any other YC educational program. Bill Miller YCF Board President

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Despite signs that some segments of the economy may be improving, a recent economic report shows that Yavapai County is near the bottom nationally in economic strength and annual average wage. POLICOM Corporation, an independent economic research firm that specializes in analyzing local and state economies, ranks Yavapai County 361st out of 366 similar areas in economic strength, due primarily to lack of economic diversity.

Dear Friends: The Yavapai College Advancement Department and Foundation enjoyed another banner year in support of Yavapai College (YC) education programs and community services. This success is a direct result of the hundreds of generous donors whose names appear on pages 7-11 and the tireless work of Foundation staff and volunteers who care so much about Yavapai College. Thank you! The Grants Department, under the leadership of Marcia Jacobson, again secured major funding for new and existing YC programs. Among the many funded grants during the year, two stood out: 1) a $1.87 million federal grant to develop new technical programs to help fulfill the state’s energy industry workforce needs, and; 2) a $1.25 million, five-year grant to fund its Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)TRiO program for qualified veterans in Northern Arizona. Yavapai College is one of just 51 colleges out of hundreds of applicants in the country to receive this grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Foundation also made impressive progress again last year. Eleven new Legacy League members joined and six new endowed student scholarships were established. The YCF endowment pipeline grew by an astonishing $5,632,876. Additionally, $836,674 was raised for YC programs and $163,861 toward the Southwest Wine Center Capital Campaign, with groundbreaking on the new academic winery scheduled for later this fall. Fiscal year 2013-2014 is now underway, and I am very pleased to share details about a new program under the Advancement Division that will contribute significantly to maintaining and improving the quality of life in Yavapai County.


Spurred by this finding, we’re working with Yavapai County business, civic and educational leaders to ensure a sustainable economic future for the county. Together we’re building a new Regional Economic Development Center (REDC) that will maintain offices on both the Verde Valley and Prescott campuses of YC. The REDC will give Yavapai County businesses two robust local shops to help them develop their workforces and connect with business prospects from outside the region. The new REDC director, Alexandria Wright, has been hired. Alexandria has extensive background and experience with regional economic development and workforce training, and she will be completing her doctorate in Economics policy at Northern Arizona University this spring. Alexandria will serve as the primary liaison for Yavapai College with all public and private regional economic development organizations in Yavapai County and will oversee the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). It’s worth noting that we’re far from alone in emphasizing this role for the College. “All of those who educate and prepare people for employment opportunities are involved in economic development,” writes Geary M. Maiuri, associate dean, business administration for Macomb Community College. “Community colleges are uniquely positioned by virtue of their local base and their very charters to assist their communities in terms of growth, prosperity, and quality of life. A well-educated and trained work force can assist a community in its ability to attract new business investment and, more important, can assist in the retention and expansion of existing business and industry.” As new businesses locate in Yavapai County and existing businesses grow and expand, we can expect that their charitable investments in Yavapai College also will grow in support of new educational and workforce training programs. This new paradigm of “Business Philanthropy” holds great promise, and we are excited about doing everything in our power to garner its full potential for Yavapai College. Steven M. Walker, Executive Director

Verde Campus Centerpiece: The Chuck Mabery Pavilion


he Verde Valley community gathered at the Yavapai College Verde campus on September 10 for a special ceremony to name the campus’ distinctive pavilion for local legend Charles “Chuck” Mabery. Mabery, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 86, was instrumental in establishing the Verde campus and served on the YC Board of Governors from 1972 to 1977. He was the recipient of the College's first honorary degree in May 2000. Numerous Mabery family members were among the guests at the September naming ceremony, which was held in conjunction with the District Governing Board’s September meeting. The Mabery family previously created the Mabery Legacy Scholarship to benefit deserving students from the Verde Valley pursuing their goal of higher education at Yavapai College. In addition to his service to Yavapai College, Chuck’s contributions to the betterment of Cottonwood and the Verde Valley were well known. As the Verde Independent reported, “He was one of the early visionaries of Cottonwood, serving on boards throughout the community, including the Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Cottonwood Progressive Association, both precursors to the Cottonwood Chamber. He served eight years as cochairman of the Cottonwood Christmas parade, later serving as its Grand Marshal, and was named VVCC 'Man of the Year' in 1965.”

From Left: Yavapai College President Dr. Penny Wills, District Governing Board member Herald Harrington, Scott Mabery and Verde Valley Dean James Perey show off the plaque honoring Mabery’s grandfather, the late Chuck Mabery. The plaque will be affixed to The Charles “Chuck” Mabery Pavilion, which is a community gathering place and the centerpiece of the Verde Valley campus.

Mabery came to Cottonwood in 1960 and undertook various business ventures in the Verde Valley, including ownership of a Western Auto Store, working for the Verde Independent, serving as an insurancereal estate agent and managing Yavapai Title. In 1994 the Mabery family created the Blazin’ M Ranch Old West Dinner Show on the family’s Cottonwood farm where Chuck entertained guests as emcee and show lead singer until his retirement in 2008.

JCF Health Care Scholars Program

Jewish Community Foundation Trustees Dr. Seymour Rife (left) and Phyllis Robinson (right) present personalized gifts to 2013 JCF Healthcare Scholarship recipients Andrew Meyers and Ashley Carter at a recent reception for this year’s 14 Healthcare Scholarship recipients. Twelve scholarships were provided by the Jewish Community Foundation of Prescott and two by the Margaret T. Morris Foundation. Additional funding is being provided by the Yavapai Regional Medical Center. The scholarship program now has 25 students enrolled at the College, including 11 students who received the JCF scholarship last year.

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The first 12 Jewish Community Foundation scholarship recipients are (front row, from left): Mary Dennis, JoAnn Beltran, Kristen Nelson, Jennifer Jording; (middle row, from left): Michael McLeod, Raymond Trujillo, LaRee Gray, Linda Thornbro; (back row, from left): Jason Sewell, Michael Kean, Sarah Little, Stephanie Reininger.

Yavapai College, Foundation Aid Yarnell Hill Fire Victims


he deadly Yarnell Hill fire that killed 19 firefighters in Arizona on June 30 touched Yavapai College (YC) in many ways, and the College community responded with both immediate and long-term assistance. The nation’s deadliest wildland fire in 80 years also forced the evacuation of two communities south of Prescott. As part of an agreement with the Red Cross, the organization quickly set up its primary evacuation center on the YC Prescott campus, and some 50 evacuees registered at the college the evening of June 30. The loss of 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots team members touched the entire community, including the Yavapai College family. Some of the fallen firefighters were relatives and friends of College employees, and many of the Hotshots had attended Yavapai College. “As members of a fairly small community, we know that many of you have been touched by the tragic loss of life as a result of this fire,” College President Dr. Penny Wills noted in one of a series of updates to employees at the time of the tragedy. “Our thoughts and prayers are with


the families, friends and loved ones of the courageous fire fighters who lost their lives responding to this threat. They will be remembered.” While helping with the immediate needs of evacuees, College administration and employees realized that longterm assistance was needed, as well. Within days of the disaster, Yavapai College and the YC Foundation created and announced a scholarship fund for the children, spouses, fiancées and the lone surviving member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots—30 people in all. “This is a long-term commitment that is very personal for us,” said Steve Walker, the Yavapai College vice president of advancement. “Many of the team members were students at Yavapai College, and some were in our fire science program. We knew them and we respected them. Now we honor them.” The Granite Mountain Hotshots Scholarship Fund is set up to provide scholarships for the family members’ community college education needs. The Yavapai College Foundation will manage the scholarship fund. As of the

end of August, donations to the scholarship fund had reached $176,000, including both large and small donations (see sidebar story on page 6). Walker said that two-year scholarships will be available for attending Yavapai College, or the equivalent amount will be portable to any college the individual chooses to attend. People can donate to the scholarship fund online at, by calling the Yavapai College Foundation at 928-776-2025 or by mailing a donation to Yavapai College Foundation, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, AZ 86301. Continued on page 6

Granite Mountain Hotshots Scholarship Fund FAQ Who is eligible to use the scholarship fund? Those eligible include 14 children (two unborn) of the 19 fallen firefighters, 13 spouses and Brendan McDonough, the surviving member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots team.

Will the families be eligible for both YCF scholarship funds and state funds? An Arizona State statute provides children and spouses of fallen first responders with a tuition waiver if they choose to attend an Arizona university or community college. For any eligible recipient who decides to attend YC on the tuition waiver, we will fill any gap in financial need with regards to textbooks, fees, testing, specialized equipment, etc. As an alternative, if they choose to pursue educational opportunities someplace other than at YC, a scholarship grant in the amount equivalent to two years of tuition at YC (calculated at the time the recipient would have been a freshman here) would be available to use at another school or vocational program—the “portable” aspect of our fund.

Are other organizations raising funds for the higher education needs of the families of the Hotshots? Yes, other organizations are raising funds for this purpose. We’ll make sure that our scholarship fund is used to maximize the higher education benefit for those eligible. That’s the security of giving to an organization whose job it is to manage scholarship funds.

Is the Foundation taking an administrative fee on donations to the Granite Mountain Hotshots Scholarship fund? With campus flags flying at half-mast, a Red Cross vehicle parks in front of the Walraven Gym, the organization’s main center for evacuees from the Yarnell Hill fire.

No. The Yavapai College Foundation and the College will absorb all administrative costs needed to administer this fund over the coming decades.

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Give to The

Hotshots Scholarship Fund Scholarship support for the children, spouses, fiancées and the 20th Hotshot crew member is needed. As a friend of Yavapai College, you can help make the Granite Mountain Hotshots Scholarship Fund a success—and a fitting tribute to our fallen heroes—by sending a tax-deductible donation today. To make a gift online, visit online or call 928-776-2025. Checks can be mailed to: Yavapai College Foundation, Attention: Hotshots Scholarship 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott, AZ 86301

Continued from page 5 “Our hope is that the scholarship fund would grow large enough to allow us to offer four-year scholarships as needed,” Walker noted. “This is our long-term commitment to these families.” Once the higher education needs of the families are met, any additional funds in the Granite Mountain Hotshots Scholarship Fund will be used to provide scholarships for students in the College’s Wildland Fire Sciences Program. “It’s going to take a while for our community to recover from this tragedy,” Dr. Wills said. “Yavapai College has a responsibility and a need to help because of our close relationship with the firefighters and our unique, wideranging role in the community. We will continue to help with the healing process, in ways consistent with our strengths, long after all the news crews have left town.”

Third Grader Makes a ‘Stand’ for Scholarship Fund Donations to the Granite Mountain Hotshots Scholarship Fund have come from a wide range of sources. Among them is a donation from Family Enrichment Center alum Grace Shamber. Shown here with Yavapai College President Dr. Penny Wills, Grace generously donated over $500 that she raised in just over two hours from her neighborhood lemonade stand. The Abia Judd third grader followed her giving effort with a “thank you” letter to supporters: “Together, we raised $501.23 for Yavapai College Scholarship Fund for the Hotshot families. I took the money we raised to the college today! They were very thankful to have the money to be able to help kids of the Hotshots when they’re ready to go to college!” Now, that’s an amazing Grace.



Christine Abbate Karen Adams Adwise Agency Aetna Foundation Inc. Chuck & Patty Aflitto Robert Agnew Irene Aguirre Norbert Aguirre Vincent & April Aguirre Moustapha Akkari & Teresa Ann Gorman-Akkari Clemene Alascano Tala Aldrain Suzanne Allen Virginia Allison Mr. Jerome K. Altshuler Patricia Alward Margaret Amador Jeannie Anderson John E. Anderson Robert E. Anderson Sharon H. Anderson Ben Andre Joseph Anna Vince & Laura Antinoro Ken & Julie Appletree Isaac and Germaine Arakawa Lloyd & Marcia Arakawa Lizeth Aranda Rudy Arena John Arenz Arizona Bone & Joint Specialist Arizona Community Foundation Arizona Department of Veteran's Services Arizona Medical Association Alliance Arizona Psychoanalytic Society Arizona Vines and Wines LLC Ronald & Pat Arnold Lawrence & Isabel Arnone Ed Arntzen Pat Nicolai Arntzen Osmund G. Arriola John Paul & Carrie Ary Phyllis Ary Sandra Asato Carlos & Isabel Attinger Donald E. Aycock Claudia Babbitt Kurt & Martha Baden Anne Badger Tom Bagley Dorothy T. Baker Sharyn Baker Russell and Judith Balda Sharon & Bob Ball Gary Balmer & Jill Carlson-Balmer Jonathan Barnert Sandra Barnett Debbie Barringer Pat Bath Christian Battista The Bauer Family Patrick & Deborah Beatty Heather Beauparlant Jim Behnke Brian &Vicki Bejarano Lynn Bell BEMO USA Benefit Plus, Inc. Sandra Bennett Virginia Bennett Jim & Marcia Benson Tony Beram


Honor Roll of Donors

Michael Berg Steven Schenk & Gretchen Berning Robert & Patty Bessey Robert W. Best Sandra Betz Lawrence & Marlene Bevan Harold Lee & Susan Bishop Michael C. Black Dr. & Mrs. William C. Black Paul & Cyndi Blair Marjorie Blake Elsie Blanton Jean Blyth Brianna Boertman Bill & Bette Bonewitz Trude Boodt Jerry & Marty Borgelt Colin Bosch Eleanor Bostwick Diane Boteilho Eric Bourdon Susan Bovee Aly Boyda Bradshaw Mountain Family Denta James Braithwaite Mary Ann & Dale Bratton Edward Bray Roy & Ruth Breiling John Bremberg Kaie Brewer Megan Bridger-Darling Robert Brill Steve Simmonds & Cynthia Brinck Ronald Bromley Carol Brossart Phillip & Barbara Brown Carl, Nancy & Marion Brown Roger & Carly Brown J. Brown Lynn Brown Ronald & Margaret Brown Roger & Janice Brown Steve Gaber & Patricia BruneauGaber Herbert W. Brunner Jo Brutinel Maurice Brutinel Carolynn B. Bryan George & Leanne Bryan BSA Financial Services Inc. Alan & Linda Buchanan Lee and Elizabeth Buck Rebecca Buck-Wetzel Builder's Wholesale Beverly Bullock Craig & Kelly Bummer William & Carol Burke Ellis & Dori Burks Jay & Joan Burnett James & Beverly Burns Christopher & Trudy Burt

Deborah Butler John & Dolores Butler Nancy Butler Buyer Brokers of Sedona Kevin & Lisa Byers Ray Cage Carol Cain Robert & Margaret Callaghan Bill & Helen Campbell Ronald & Shirley Campbell Tim & Sara Campbell Stephen & Patricia Cantor Capstone Health Plan, Inc. Frank & Flora Carabajal Fred & Margaret Carabajal Ronnie Carey Alfred & Anita Carmona Cynthia Carroll Larry Carson & Faye Brown Carson Phyllis Carto Casa Decor Tile & Stone LLC Gary & Alexandra Cassidy Juan & Lucille Castillo Renee Castillo Kelly Sue Cathcart Andrew & Maryann Celano James & Lynne Chamberlin Virginia V. Chanda Joyce Chapman Kenneth Cheek Janet Chesnut George Cheves Mary Chicoine Barbara J. Churchill George & Ruth Clark Duane & Linda Clark Ms. Randall M. Clark Clarkdale Verde District Kiwanis Robert Clausing Barbara L. Claybaugh Kevin & Bonnie Cleveland Diane Clevenger Cliff Castle Casino Brad & Mindy Clifford Margaret Clizbe Marta Cloward CMAE LLC Janette Coates John & Betty Codd Ken & Anita Colburn Frank Colella Ken Coleman Connor Hotel Robert Conrado Harold Cook Jane & Les Cook Vicky & Jim Cook Jenise Cook Crabbe Anne M. Cooper Gary & Patricia Ann Cooper Glenn Cooper

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Honor Roll of Donors John & Jo Ann Coppage Sandra Cordova Pete & Alma Cortez Cottonwood Economic Development Council Cottonwood-Oak School District Jerry & Linda Cougill Country Bank Wayne & Linda Cramer Linda Cravens Jack & Betty Crow Susan Crutcher Michael Patrick & Faasala Culhane Indira Culmback Richard & Sandra Cummings Kirk & Catherine Cunningham F. Suzanne Cuppage Dora J. Curren Curt Scheppmann Insurance Agency, Inc. Stephen & Winifred Dahn Kelly Dallas Bob & Wini Daniel Gary Daniels Marc & Julie Darr Charles & Janis Daubert Rebecca Davidson Ethan & Judy Davis Kathleen M. Davis Michael Davis Timothy & Sheri Deal Lorraine Del Re Patricia DeLong Vaughn Delp-Smith Toni Denis Jeri Denniston Christopher & Louise Denny Patrick & Katerina DeRueda Thomas and Leslie Devore Rachel Diaz Peter & Brigie Dickinson Brandelyn A. Dillaway Deborah Dillon Ralph & Christy Dinsman Robert A. Dittberner De Rhoads Dolan Dennis & Ellie Donegan John & Susan Dorchester Sean & Mary Doren Craig & Lisa Dotseth James & Donna Dotzler Sam & Leigh Downing Dale & Barbara Drache Ioan and Doina Dragomir Susan Drown Bonnie Dubiniak & Ronald Wesp Randy & Kitty Duck Bill Duffield Joan Dukes Jim & Barbara Duncan Dr. David & Carmella Duncan


Francis Duncan Patrick Dunn Marco & Renee Duran Margaret Durbin Robert & Mary Ellen Dyer Ann Dykens-Allsup Eric & Allison Eckert Larry & Donna Edington Dale & Kristi Edwards Charles & Mary Lynn Eggers Edward & Lajune Eifert Jason Pancamo & Sharla EifertPancamo Peter Eldridge Mike & Debby Elliott Bryan & Karen Elliott Janet Elway Joan Enoch Ron & Jennifer Epperson Nancy Erickson Elena Espinosa Estate of Kenneth Hinderleiter The Estate of Sophie Young Tony & Leslie Evans H.A. Everling Clint Ewell Kristi Fabiano Nora R. Fairfield Fairmount Agency, Inc. Joy & Jeffrey Falk Ben Fama, Jr. Maurice & Terri Farneti Scott & Juliann Farnsworth Danny Faupel Anne C. Fears Ron & Jane Feinstein Daniel Fennessy Rich & LeeAnn Fennessy Pamela Ferring John & Ruth Fetchel Finish Line Construction Frank & Kay Finley Ralph Finley Vivian Fishco Dr. & Mrs. Will Fisher Natalie Fisher Roger & Sally Fitch Frank T. Fitzgerald Fleishman Foundation W.L. & Barbara Forge H.L & T.L Forge Steven Forge Fork in the Road Lisa Fornara James Fortier Cynthia M. Fox Wayne & Darlene Fox Jean Marie Fox Franchere Family Steve Freeman Jeff & Holly Freestone

Linda & Robert Frith Chuck Frumerie Ron & Gennie Fuemmeler Robert Fujita Gerald & Jane Fuller Bob & Jean Gaeddert Timothy & Beth Gaffney John & Linda Gage Pauline Galasso Chris Gale James F. Gandee Diana Garcia Walter & Kelsey Gardipee Lya Gardner Katherine Garrett & Donald Salzman Lawrence & Lydia Garrett Randall & Deborah Garrison Sandra Geiger Mitchell & Cynthia Gens Barbara George David George Roberta Geouge William D. Gerner Michael & Sara Geyer GFWC The Monday Club Gregory Gillespie & Kristin Ockert Miriam Glade GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc. Cheryl Goade Kyle Goff Virginia Goldberger Goldenstein Art Associates, LLC Mort & Shirley Goldstein Linda Golier & Frank Alvarado Evelyn Gong Neil & Annie Goodell Juliana Goswick Martin & Luida Gottlieb Jennifer Gourdin Roland & Jackie Grandpre David & Leslie Graser James & Jill Greene Bruce & Claudia Greenwood Betty Greer Gary & Lisa Griest Larry Grimm Helene & Philip Gross Scott Grourdin James & Sharon Groves Guidance Helicopters, LLC Jamie Gunyuz M.J. Gustin Bob & Pam Haber Michael & Roseanne Haboush Barbara Hagan Haley Construction Co. Clyde Halstead Christopher & Jill Hansen Edith A. Hansen Ronald Hanson Terry & Holly Harman Mark Harris Richard & Linda Harrison Mary A. Harsin Rick A. Hartner Janis Hasse Michael & Mariela Hastings Johanna Hawley John & Beverly Haynes John & Carolyn Haynes Mary & John Hays Brian Heimburg Erik Heimburg Gail Heimburg

Kent Hellman, Sr. Alexandra Helm-Correa Dr. Everett D. Hendricks Kevin Henry Marilyn Dinny Henze Linda Herron Hesperia Pawn Shop Inc. Ron Samuelson & Sally HessSamuelson John & Nancy Hewitt Chris Heyer Andrew & Amy Hicks Steve Higgins Ronald & JoAnne Hilde Charles E. Hill Linda Hill David Hillyard Stacy Hilton Caroleen Hitchens Evan Hlavacek Inja Hlavacek Eric & Molly Hobbie Louis & Dava Hoffman Marla Hoffman Lisa Holly Kornelia Homewood Debra Honeycutt Jim & Debbie Horton D. Hottinger Holly House John & Carol Houston Chris & Adriana Howard Keenan Howard Darcy & Rebecca Howard Sherry Howard Nathan & Marilyn Howden Wayne & Candace Howell Marion & John Huff John Huff and Deborah Morrison Kitt Huffaker Humphrey Enterprises Inc. Clifford Hunt, Ph.D. Debbie Hunter Chris & Mary Huntley Rodney Hurlbert Rose Hurley Karen Hutchens IBM Internationl Foundation Dennis and Joy Inman John & Heather Iorillo Jack Williams& Patricia IrelandWilliams James & Bridget Irish Goldie & Jay R. Israel Joseph Iungerman Andrew Jablow Bonnie Ebsen-Jackson Jennifer Jacobson Marcia & Gary Jacobson Susan Jacobson Ken & Ann Janecek Eric & Antonea Jarnagin Julia C. Jeffay Daniel & Nancy Jefferies Eli Jensen Nancy Jensen JOAB, LLC Diane Joens Bradley & Susan Johnson John Johnson Sharon Johnson John & Pamela Jolly Ronald & Sandra Jones Mary Beth Joublanc

Roy & Patricia Juda Gary Kaasa Arlis Kaiser Daneke Kanarian Larry Kantor Joanne Kassa Stephen and Helena Kasten Ken & Karen Kasten Joelle Katan Doug & Bonnie Katt Karl F. Kaub Toni Kaus & Mary Trevor David & Kay Keeley Fred & Nancy Keen Betty Keenan & Pamela Edwards Howard Kelly Bill & Barbara Kiger James & Nancee Kilbourne Cherie King Susan & Robert King Michael & Sylvia Kinnison Erica Kinsley Matt Kinsley Jill Kipnes Paul Kirchgraber & Melinda Carr Allison Kitchens Kiwanis Club of Prescott Marentha Klein Marti Klein David & Debra Knight John & Janet Knight David Knutson Bud & Pat Kofron Kathryn Kohl Eleanor Kohler Kohl's James & Sylvia Konecny Greg & Jan Kornrumph Ruby Krieg Peter & Heryl Kroopnick Kube Education Group, LLC Chris Lacascio William H. Lacy John Lafko Donald & Sharon LaFollette Patricia Lalli Herb & Jennifer Lamb Vickey La Motte & Paul Mitchell Ward & Julia Larson Dr. John & Lili LaTourette Claire Lavigne Jill & Patrick Lavin Frank & Le Anne Lawhead Anne K. Lawrence Annette Lazierek Michele M. Le Boeuf Deborah Leafgren Larry Leemaster, DDS Elizabeth Leite Rhea Lenstrohm Sharon Lessinger Paul Levin Mitch & Julie Levy Angela Lewis John H. Lewis Patrick Lilly Carole Linson Mario & Melanie Lio LiquidTitan Paul Litteau Robert & Carol Loftus Edward & Kathleen Long Scott & Rae Long Lois Longbrake

Elizabeth Loper Alethea Lopez Lawrence & Kathy Lopez Manuel Lopez Jr. & Geneva O'BrienLopez Susan Lorant Los Abrigados Los Olivos Mexican Patio, Inc. Claire Louge Jim & Marie Love Albert & Eunice Lovejoy David Luera Bill & Maria Lynam Bob & Anne Lynch Tom & Sue Lynch Bill MacMillan Norman C. Macdonald Peggie MacKenzie Frank X. & Lois R. Maier Tim & Judy Maloney Dennis & Daphne Manago Art & Delores Manburg John & Connie Manogian Carol Manz Bruce & Evelyn Manziello Dick & Caryl Marcusen Morris Foundation Theresa Marsalisi David & Kristy Marston Donald Martin Evaristo & Frances Martinez James & Nina Marzo Perry & Sandy Massie Phillip & Ellen Maton Fay Matsumoto Jeffrey & Heidi Matthews Lynn Matthews In Memory of Robert Matthies, M.D. Michael & Lisa Mauvais William & Christine Maxwell Christopher & Barbara Mc Culloch Julie & Brian McAllister Brenda McAvoy Chris & Amy McBeth Judy McBride Drs. James & Patricia McCarver Greg & Sandy McClintock Denise McConnell Barbara McCormick Larry McCoy Norma McCreery Chris McCrossan Myrna McDonald Dick & Vicki McGaw Gerald McGerty Robert & Kristi McHugh Frederick McIntyre Colin McKay Robert and Mary Ellen McKee Byron & Deanne McKeown Nancy McKinley Christy McKnight Kimberly McLaughlin Scott & Kelly McLean Pat & Duffy McMahon Gwendolyn McMichael Bonnie McMinn & Greg Stein Julie McMurrey Betty McRuer Georgia Melahn Fran Mello Joan & Wayne Melquist Helena M. Merkle Pamela Messenger

Jim Messerschmitt Iyone Meyer Joe Micelli Michael Taylor Architects Anthony & Dorothy Micheli Ernie & Jean Migliorini Edward & Jan Miller LuAnn Miller Patricia Miller & Jamie Szabo George & Verna Miller Warren Miller Carol & Bill Miller Rusty & Claudia Miner David & Sofia Mitchell Sidney & Edna Moglewer Maria Molekamp Amy Mollohan

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Honor Roll of Donors Theresa Monahan Brandon Monnett Dawn Montelius Patricia Montero Howard & Kate Moody Everett & Julia Moore Richard Morgan Marianne Morici Martin Morici David Morris Richard & Elaine Morrison Dave & Sandy Morrissey Evelyn Morrow Phyllis Moss Alan & Roberta Motter Wilbur N. Moulton James Muehleisen Robert & Helena Mueller Brent & Ingrid Mullane Edward Mullaney Thomas & Gerri Mulvihill David Murphy Tom and Dianne Murphy Linda Kay Murphy Sharon Murphy Stephanie A. Murphy Murphy, Schmitt, Hathaway & Wilson, PLLC Cheryl Murrieta My Kids' Dentist David & Kathleen Myers Linda Myers Michael & Joy Nache Evelynne Nadelberg Carolyn Cayia Nash National Philanthropic Trust Dr. and Mrs. Carl Nau, Jr. Paul & Jean Nebel Rusty Neely Petie & Lou Nemeth Patricia Nelsen New York Life Foundation NITSUA Productions Ruth Anne Norris Nelson & Bev Nunez James & Martha Oakes Nannette Oatley Johnson Bob & Susan Oliphant Dean and Kathi Olson Jerry Oneil Mary Kaye O'Neill Tara O'Neill Larry & Lois Orth James & Susan Orth Orthopaedic Specialists of Central Arizona JC Ortiz Pacific Single Ply Roofing, Inc. Painted Lady Vineyard Page Springs Cellars Tracy Pagni


Benito Palomino Michael Pantalione Brandi Pareja Richard & Kimberly Parker Russell Parker Sharon Parker Joseph & Judith Passalaqua Gretchen Paustian Ned & Kim Peasley Ted & Holly Peck Ken & Sandra Pedigo Donald & Phyllis Pedigo Jori Pedriana Tom Pedriana Stevie Peek PEO Sisterhood-Y Chapter Barbara Anne Perkins Philip and Kelly Petersen Earl & Melinda Petznick Olen & Belle Petznick Dan Phalen Mike Phelps & Suzy Welk Jean N. Phillips Karla Phillips David & Doris Piatak Lindsey Pierce Jonathan Pierson Vern & Bev Pierson Robert & Shelley Pike The Loomas Family Fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation Roy & Jo Lee Pilling PlanetOne Communications, Inc. Russell & Inez Plank Michael Poeschl Charles C. Post & Dr. Grace R. Lemmon Wilda S. Postel George Powell Gloria Powell James D. Powell Daniel Preble Denise Preble Prescott Area Iris Society Prescott Area Tennis Association AAUW Prescott Prescott Evening Lions Club Prescott Evening Lions Foundation Prescott Import Car Service Prescott New Life Society Prescott Noon Lions Club Prescott Spas LLC Prescott Sunrise Lions Foundation Tricia Price Principal Financial Group Wilhelm & Virgnia Promer George & Lois Jean Pucel Gay Putnam Norman Quinn Cecilia Raak H. Craig & Janet Ramey

Tom Ramsey Janie Randall Raskins Jewelers Anne Rawlings Patsy Ray Gene & Darl Rector Raymond & Mary Anne Redman Dougal Reeves Sharon Rochelle Reeves Frank & Elizabeth Reich Michael Reilly & Sally Marquez Reilly Betty L. Restivo Andy & Jane Reti June Rettig Eddie Ribera Christine Rice Kathie & Howard Rieder Dick & Vicki Rieger Charlie & Terry Riesgo David Riesgo George & Evangeline Riesgo Ritter Charitable Trust William & Karen Rizk Jim & Doris Robak William & Kelly Robbiano Charles & Shirley Roberts Roberts & Associates, PLLC Diane Roberts-DeLong Dale Rae Robins Frances Rogers Mac & Sonny Romeiser Herbert & Angelina Romero Elizabeth Ronksley James “Casey� & Jodi Rooney Robert & Diane Rosati Paul & Shannon Rosenblatt Chesley Ross Raymond & Carol Ross Mark Rossi Robert & Kristen Rothrock RRT Logistics, Inc. Marjorie Rubin Michael & Sandy Rubin Elisabeth Ruffner Rebecca Ruffner Dr. W. David Rummel James Rush & Asuncion BenitezRush Stasia Ruskie Julie Russell Randall & Eileen Russell Carol Russomanno Stephen & Sue Rutherford Shaun Rydell Arthur & Helen E. Saboski Raymond & Mary Sadecki Don & Angela Sagendorf Brian Sakjo Frank & Jean Salas Daniel & Anita Salcito Dr. & Mrs. Len Salonsky Salt River Materials Group/Phoenix Cement Salt River Project Gary & Linn Sampson Clark & Charlotte Sanchez Robert & Melissa Sandeen Leslie & John Sanderson Sandor Vineyards Arnaldo Santiago Charles Sargent Louise Savidge Alessandra Scarmardo Patrick Scanlan

Stephen & Sharon Scanlan Robert Scanze Norman & Mary Scherer Bruno Scherz, MD Catherine Schild Herman & Louise Schloss Joya Schmidt Linda Schmitt Joann Ball & Sandy Schulz Teresa Schwickerath Eugene & Alicia Scott Frank & Coleen Scott Lora Scott Sue Scott Paul & Catherine Scranton Nancy Seaman R. Clayton Seaman Jr. Sedona Adventure Outfitters and Guides Sedona Area Garden Club Sedona Chamber of Commerce Sedona Now Network, Inc. Sedona Wine and Beer Co LLC Cody & Cindy Seidel Alberto & Rosa Maria Serrano Joy Sewell Tania Sheldahl Carolyn Shelley Mark Shelley Laura Shelton Mike & Cindy Sherman Scott & Tanie Sherman Russ & Donna Sherwin Reed Shipley Janet Shirreffs Tara & Robert Sholle Kaye & George Shriver Robert & Eileen Shull Shumaker Transcription Service Dave & Laurel Shunk Terry & Gerrie Sidwell Raymond & Frances Sigafoos Brian Sinclair Gloria Singer Mikel M. Sitterly PLLC Mikel & Toni Sitterly Gregory Siverly William & Ruth Skibbe Jane & Jim Skinner Gary Skow Davis & Marsha Smith Elizabeth J. Smith Gloria Smith May D. Smith Thomas & Elaine Smith Mike & Barb Snyder David Snyder, CPA, PLLC Gary Snyder Robyn Snyder Rodney & Judy Soesbe Bonny Soltoys Chuck & Heidi Sorensen Whitey & Nicole Sorenson Jay & Janice Soutee Southwest Health Professions Education Center Inc. Harold & Carol Spangler Roderick & Michele Spann Jan & Scott Spaulding Karen Spear & David Babbit Caryl Spears & Nancy McCabe Paul & Dorothea Spears Ray St. Aubin Dana Stanley

Nancy Stanton Charles & Elizabeth Stark State Farm Companies Foundation Mary Steenhoek Gail Steiger Terry & Sheila Steinborn Sterling's Financial Services, LLC John & Barbara Stewart Dave & Idalee Stewart Roger & Jacquelyn Stewart Pete & Barbara Stewart Vera Stewart Joan Stinstrom Leon & Mary Stock Enah Stone Jim & Jeannine Storelli Noel & Elizabeth Strang Larry Stringari David & Margaret Strock Vickie Stuart Kim Stuit Bruce & Annette Stull Dennis Sullivan SunEdison, LLC Ann Rodabaugh Swick Susan Tasker Deborah E. Taylor Tom & Janet Taylor Michael & Jennifer Taylor Jerry Taylor Taylor Outdoor Maintenance, LLC Edi Taylor-Richards TCA Business Services TEP & UniSource Energy Services James & Nettie Terry Charles & Ann Tewksbury The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Prescott The Nature Conservancy The Prescott Office, LLC The Wetter Foundation Larry Thielbar Anita Thomas Charles & Linda Thomas Jessica Thomas Maria Thomas Claudia Thomason Jan Thompson Christopher & Kelli Thompson Mary Jane Thompson Oren & Ann Thompson Richard & Sondra Thompson Greg Thornton William & Kathleen Thrift George Thyden Barbara Tieman Fred Tillman Troy & Jana Tincher Nicholas Tkachyk Robert Todd Michael Tokunaga Dan & Lana Tolleson Gene & Toni Tomek Jim & Jean Townsend Bob & Sheri Trahern William & Janet Travis Jeffery Trudgian James Truelsen Jannette Tucker Michael & Heidi Tully William & Carol Turbin Lon & Cindy Turner Patricia Turner Anne A. Twente

Barbara U'Ren UVX Cattle Company Mark & Renae Van Zuiden Anna Vanhoose Kenneth & Lisa Vansickle Michael & Paula Vaujin Mary Verbout Verde Exploration, Ltd. Verde Valley Medical Center Diane Vickers Ed & Carolyn Viliborghi Charles Vogel Richard and Amy Vogt Bennie von Hellens Phyllis Vosbeck & Kenneth Rau Herbert & Tamara Voss Dennis & Patricia Waite Julie Walker Kenneth & Iris Walker Steve Walker & Denise BussartWalker Walton Family Foundation Theresa Wasano Louis & Bonnie Waterer Fred & Sherry Weers Ralph J. Weiger Bob & Ruth Weiss Nancy Welch Janet Welsh Michael & Margaret Welsh Lois Wernsman William & Jane Wernsman Bill West Michael & Joni Westcott Carol & David Westfall Sally Westrom Robin Whatley Mike & Patsy Whelan Sherwin & Heather White White Hills Winery, LLC Ruth Marie Wicks Ron & Claudine Wiedman James & Terry Wilcox Kenneth & Linda Wiley Vicki Wilkinson Marcy Wilks Virginia H. Williams Ronald & Penelope Wills James D. Wilson Trudy Wilson Veronica Wilson Windermere Foundation Dana Wingate James Winge Philip & Bette Winkelstern Thomas & Roberta Winker Terry Winkler Daniel & Lynn Winslow Jack & Mary Elizabeth Wolter Daniel & Valerie Wood Darlene E. Wood Angela Woods Robert Woods Ernest and Margaret Woolley Fulton & Nancy Wright Priscilla & Larry Wright Richard & Loretta Wright Anita & H.M. Wulf Kathy Wyse Xtreme Crane LLC Bill & Rianne Yates Yavapai College Faculty Association Yavapai College Student Leadership Council

Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe Yavapai Regional Medical Center Yavapai Steel Elizabeth York Neil Yoshino & Shari Goo-Yoshino Loretta Young Ronald & Regina Younger Julia Youngman Z Bar Ranch, LLC Zions Management Services Company Thomas & Cari Zocco Alfred Henry Zoller Donna Zuniga And the six donors who wish to remain anonymous

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Annual Meeting Report May 8, 2013


he Yavapai College Foundation (YCF) held its 2013 Annual Meeting on May 8 on the stage of the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (YCPAC). Foundation Executive Director Steve Walker recognized three outgoing YCF Board members for their outstanding service. Martin Gottlieb (2010-2013), with his quiet diplomacy, helped secure financial support for College programs and scholarships that will impact students for years to come. One of his most noteworthy accomplishments was his work to help plan and find funding for the Jewish Community Foundation Healthcare Scholars Program at Yavapai College (YC), the largest scholarship program in YC history. Additionally, Martin helped establish and build the Performing Arts Charitable Endowment (PACE) and was instrumental in bringing to YCPAC such world-class artists as Yitzhak Perlman, the Moscow State Symphony and comedian Bill Cosby.

Ernie Jones (2003-2013), through his leadership role as President of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe (YPIT), helped strengthen relationships between the Tribe and College significantly. A Yavapai College alumnus himself, Ernie and his wife Janet took a special interest in Yavapai College athletics, serving on the Roughrider Board for many years. With funding support from YPIT, he established the first-ever YCF endowed scholarship fund for student athletes. Ernie was also instrumental in facilitating major gifts from YPIT for the capital campaign to build the Family Enrichment Center, event sponsorships for the YCPAC, construction of Phase 4 of the Sculpture Garden and the Literary Southwest Speakers Series. Oren Thompson (2003-2013) has been a major positive force for YCF, serving as Foundation President from 2007 to 2008. During his tenure as President, YCF resurrected a dormant capital campaign to successfully raise $2,200,000 to build the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center, on time and under budget. Prior to his service on the YCF Board, Oren was instrumental in getting the year 2000 YC capital bond ballot measure, totaling $69,500,000, passed by an almost 2-to-1 margin. Also honored were individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in support of YC educational programs and community services. Awardees received beautiful hand-carved Arizona bird sculptures, created by renowned wood carver and YCF member Bill Neeley.

Steve Walker (left) and Bill Miller (right) present the YCF Philanthropy Award to Chris Turner, Caduceus vineyard manager who represented awardees Maynard and Jennifer Keenan at the YCF annual meeting in May.


The YCF Stewardship Award was presented to Mike Kervin, YC District Grounds Supervisor. Mike has served YC in this capacity for 18 years. Thanks to his vision and the outstanding skills and work ethic of his staff, the campuses of YC throughout the county are beautiful and welcoming. “This award is in recognition for the special work Mike has accomplished in partnership with the YCF Friends of Art in the Sculpture Garden,” Walker noted. “The Garden is one of the most beautiful places in Yavapai County and has been featured on the pages of Sunset Magazine and Highroads, the magazine of AAA. This serene place is thanks in large part to the ideas and great work of Mike Kervin and his staff.”


Annual Report Yavapai College President Dr. Penny Wills (standing) visits with Foundation Board Member Pam Haber during the Foundation’s Annual Meeting.

The YCF Philanthropy Award was presented to Caduceus Cellars and its owners, Maynard and Jennifer Keenan. Chris Turner, Caduceus vineyard manager, accepted the award on their behalf. Since the onset of planning for the College’s Viticulture and Enology Program almost four years ago, Maynard and Caduceus Cellars have been instrumental in helping develop the vision, working out the myriad program details, and more recently raising awareness and money to establish the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College. “I don’t think that any one thing was more significant to get the ball really rolling than Maynard stepping up, with his own money and labor, to plant the first acre of negra amaro grape vines on the YC Verde Valley campus,” Walker said. “This small vineyard, now in its third growing season, stands tall as a reminder that a total of 17 acres of vines will be planted and an academic winery built for YC students interested in a career in this burgeoning industry.” The YCF Leadership Award was presented to YC Dean of Career and Technical Programs and Chino Valley and Prescott Valley campuses John Morgan. Among his many accomplishments has been the establishment of the YC Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) at the Prescott Airpark. “With yeoman support from the YC facilities department over the course of one short summer, John transformed that 108,000-square-foot shell of a building into a highly functioning center,” Walker said. “John consolidated YC technical programs from back rooms and garages around the district into what is widely considered the best technical education center in the State of Arizona.” John was also instrumental in helping establish the Mountain Institute, Joint Technical Education District with area high schools and has worked seamlessly with Mountain Institute leaders to build superior programs for these students at CTEC. Other programs that were either started or have grown significantly under John’s leadership include welding, gunsmithing, mining technology, auto

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Where We Stand Yavapai College Foundation Statements of Financial Position as of June 30, 2013 2010-2011



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Legacy League

Legacy League members have established a bequest or planned gift in the name of Yavapai College for the Yavapai College Foundation. The following is a list of members as of June 30, 2013.


Pat Nicolai Arntzen

Toni Kaus and Mary Trevor

Joseph and Peg Rhodes

JoAnn Ball and Sandy Schulz

John and Katie Kelly

Earle and Jean Risdon

Carol M. Baltz

James and Helen Kipp

Karen and Bill Rizk

Bertalan Tifft Trust

Paul Kirchgraber and Melinda Carr

Jim and Doris Robak

Charles Brennaaun

John and Lili La Tourette

Stasia Ruskie

Deanne Brewster

Patricia Law

Eugene and Alice Scott

Alan and Linda Buchanan

David Lund

Joan Shay

Jim and Beverly Burns

John and Sophie Machulies

Jim and Christie Showalter

Jim Canterbury

Perry and Sandy Massie

Van and Patricia Shriver

William and Patricia Carpenter

Jim and Deb McCasland

Mel Shutz

Virginia Chanda

Bonnie McMinn and Greg Stein

Jim and Jane Skinner

Sanford and Terry Cohen

Wayne and Bev Meddaugh

Ardell Smith

James Conley

Jim and Janet Messerschmitt

Linda Vanderbloom

Dora Curren

Gerald and Joan Michelbrink

Ed and Carolyn Viliborghi

William Daw

Bill and Carol Miller

Robin vonHellens

De Rhoads Dolan

Greg and Mary Lou Miller

Ken Rau and Phyllis Vosbeck

Carleton S. and Arlene E. Douglas

Howard and Kate Moody

Charles and Nancy Walker

William and Thelma Dunn

Carolyn Nash

Steve Walker and Denise Bussart Walker

Wade and Crystal Erickson

Rusty Neely

Ruth Wicks

Dave and Jan Gillum

Charles and Janet Peter

Richard and Gloria Williams

Martin and Luida Gottlieb

Art and JoAnn Peterson

Virginia Williams

Bob and Pam Haber

Jean Phillips

Phillip and Bette Winkelstern

Judith Hardes

Charles Post and Dr. Grace R. Lemmon

Michael and Liz Winney

Ted and Billie Harris

Keith and Geraldine Quail

Zach Wolfe

Harold Hoffmeyer

Beryl Rae

Richard and Loretta Wright

Ray and Laura Kass

Sharon Reeves

Brad and Catherine Zettler

Endowing a Scholarship Helps Make Their Dream a Reality

Ross Family endows scholarship for tech students The family of Ron Ross created the Ross Arcair Scholarship to benefit deserving students who demonstrate grit, gumption and good faith in pursuing technical studies. Although not a particularly good student himself, Ron’s life and career (from the founding days of Arcair with his father, inventor, C.A. “Pete” Ross, Sr.) were marked by dogged determination and pursuit of his goals. The Arcair torch, used by the Yavapai College welding program, grew from a home basement operation (with the Ross kids helping their father in production) to international sales and manufacturing, before the company was sold to Air Products in 1968.

Did you know that many of Yavapai County's most creative and academically gifted students lack the financial resources to attend Yavapai College (YC) and, therefore, consider higher education to be completely out of reach? The rising costs of an education, coupled with diminished state and federal financial aid resources, make financing college a serious concern for many potential degree-seeking and career and technical education students. The College makes every effort to provide scholarship support that can make a tremendous difference in a future teacher's, artist's, executive's, or scholar's life. More than 100 endowed scholarship funds have already been established at YC by individuals, businesses, and local civic organizations. But many more scholarships are needed urgently. Endowing a fund for student support is one of the most distinguished and lasting forms of philanthropy, highlighting the scholarship’s namesake while ensuring the continued support of students far into the future. No fixed formula governs the structuring of a gift. With the creation today of an initial endowed gift, a donor and/or his or her estate can add to the fund or redirect the purpose of the fund in the future. A gift may comprise appreciated securities, real estate, trust instruments, or a combination of devices that best suits the donor’s needs. While the profile and precise aspects of a gift are matters of the donor's choosing, the Yavapai College Foundation staff can assist in structuring a gift to take maximum advantage of charitable tax benefits.

An important part of Ron’s philosophy was, “Work smart, not hard.” He was an expert fisherman and sailor, a capable carpenter, darn-good welder and a “run for your life” John Deere and Caterpillar operator, who lived and breathed to buy and sell land. He married his high school sweetheart, Nadean, and they worked together raising a The young Ron Ross. family whose members believe it’s important to make a big difference through giving back. All students enrolled in technical studies at Yavapai College are eligible for the Ross Arcair Scholarship, with preference going to students who reside in the Verde Valley or Sedona. Three generations of the Ross family have benefitted through coursework at Yavapai College, from paralegal to real estate, construction to computer science, filmmaking to graphic design.

To learn more about endowing a scholarship, please contact the Yavapai College Foundation: • Paul Kirchgraber, Prescott campus, 928-717-7773 • Linda Buchanan, Verde Valley campus, 928-634-6530

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YCF Round-up Friends of YC Art (FRIENDS) Phase IV of

the Yavapai College Sculpture Garden has been completed. The newest phase was unveiled at the “Affaire in the Garden,” the annual meeting and fundraiser for YC art programs and the Sculpture Garden. Amid celebrations of prior year accomplishments, guests enjoyed music, fine Arizona wines and the surrounding beauty of the Garden. FRIENDS are envisioning the next phases of the Sculpture Garden. Phases V and VI will see the Garden grow through the riparian area, up the bank on the other side of the creek and to the street bordering the Garden on its west side.

Friends of the Library (FOL) Celebrating their first

annual meeting, the Friends of the Library (FOL), Prescott Campus, invited their members to attend “Romancing the Stone - the Lure of Turquoise.” This luncheon event featured a program by Keith Horst, professor of Lapidary at Yavapai College. A display of raw and polished turquoise plus many books on turquoise fascinated guests, who were encouraged to wear turquoise to the event. During the year, FOL membership pins were designed with the FOL logo (shown above), which depicts the dual role of libraries providing both print and electronic materials. Participation in the Farmers Market during the summer provided an opportunity for book sales and meeting the public to assure them that the public is always welcome at the YC Library, where the Book Sale Room is open the same hours as the Library. Several special book sales were held throughout the year at the Book Sale Room, including during National Friends of the Library Week, which attracted an increase in buyers. The Friends assisted the Library with their costumed and informational Welcome Back Students special event and also the National Library Week celebration.

Friends of Music (FOM) The Friends

of Music (FOM) are helping to keep the Music Department strong by providing scholarship assistance to outstanding student musicians. For example, the ever-popular “Pocket Change” program has supported numerous scholarship awards. This year, the instrumental “Holiday Hits” concert and the vocal “Gospel Choir” concert will be co-sponsored by the Friends of Music and the Music Department, with proceeds going directly to student scholarships. Make time to enjoy any of the Music Department programs.


The Friends of the Family Enrichment Center (FOFEC) had a

busy first year. In fall 2012, FOFEC celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center (FEC) with an open house and tours of the center. FOFEC also created a video to promote the Family Enrichment Center’s participation, through the Prescott Sunrise Lions Club, in the Arizona Tax Credit Program, which generated $16,000. The 4th annual Framing the Future Luncheon and Children’s Art Auction was held in March, raising approximately $19,000 for the FEC. Planning is underway for a special event in the YC Sculpture Garden on September 24 to celebrate FOFEC’S first year efforts. This coming year, FOFEC will work to build the FEC Endowment Fund, with a vision towards sustainability for the FEC and the valuable resources it provides to families, students and the community.

Greater Verde Valley Chapter The Chapter held a very

successful third annual “Art, Wine & Dine in the Verde Countryside” fundraiser last October, our most successful one so far. More than 200 guests enjoyed wine tasting, a silent auction, live music and a gourmet meal paired with local wines. Proceeds from the event benefited the Southwest Wine Center capital campaign. In May, the Chapter assisted once again with the Plant-A-Vine event. Many local and regional volunteers and dignitaries assisted with planting more than 1,200 vines in a few hours. In addition, the Chapter awarded 15 scholarships for the year. At a Donor/Recipient Recognition event, two of the recipients spoke to express their gratitude for the significant impact the scholarships provided in reaching their academic and career goals.

The YCF Scholarship Committee The Scholarship

Committee hosted the third annual Donor/Recipient Reception in April. This event provided an opportunity for scholarship recipients and donors to meet. Several scholarship recipients shared heartfelt testimonials about how important it was for them to receive their scholarship, while other scholarship recipients provided wonderful musical performances. Scholarships from more than 110 endowed funds benefit hundreds of YC students each year, with almost $2 million awarded to deserving undergraduates over the last two decades. These funds have provided a promising future to many students who otherwise would not have had the means to pursue their dreams of success.

Meet Our Newest Foundation Board Members Angela Walker-Weber Angela moved to Prescott 10 years ago when she joined Walker & Walker, Attorneys at Law. Her practice is focused on Estate Planning. She has served the community on several charitable boards including United Way, the Salvation Army, Prescott YMCA and Yavapai County Community Foundation’s Social Services Committee. Joe Van Bourgondien Joe has 35 years of management experience acquired through a career with International Multifoods Corporation both nationally and internationally. He has been a Volunteer Management Counselor with SCORE Northern Arizona since 2006. Joe owned a small business for seven years in California before moving to Prescott in 2005 with his family. Jim Messerschmitt Jim moved to Prescott in 1997 after retiring as an executive with Electronic Data Systems, the company founded by Ross Perot, where he was President of Delphi Automotive Systems Strategic Business Unit and responsible for worldwide operations. He graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in agricultural engineering and rural sociology. Dr. Russ Balda Following completion of his Ph.D. in Ecology from University of Illinois, Dr. Balda served as Professor of Biology at Northern Arizona University for 37 years. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications, primarily related to the ecology of forest-dwelling birds, and was awarded the Emeritus Regent’s Professor of NAU in 2003. Dave Wilhelmsen Dave is a lifelong resident of Prescott who was educated in local public schools. He was an undergraduate at University of Arizona and attended law school at Arizona State University. His career as a civil attorney began in 1981, and he has maintained his practice ever since with Favour & Wilhelmsen, PLLC.

2013-14 Roger Runyon Award Honorees Yavapai College is grateful to the Foundation Scholarship Committee for approving allocations once again for the 2013-14 academic year. The three current recipients of this award for career enhancement are: Andrea Annibale graduated from NAU-Yavapai College Summa Cum Laude in May 2013. With the Roger Runyan Award, she will continue her educational goal of obtaining a master’s degree in counseling through Grand Canyon University. Andrea has worked at Yavapai College since 2007 as an administrative assistant in nursing and now ITS. Ginney Bilbray is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Grand Canyon University. The Roger Runyan Award supports her goal of getting her master’s in Library Science. Ginney is a Yavapai College alumna (May 2006) and has worked here as both a student employee and a library technician. Shelly Gilliam, an employee in the college library, is starting her master’s in library science program at the University of Arizona. The Roger Runyan Award will assist with her study of archives and government document management, as well as other areas of academic librarianship. Shelley started with YC as a parttime employee in 2011 and recently became a full-time employee.

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Non-Profit Org. U.S. Postage


Prescott AZ 86301

1100 East Sheldon St PMB 6904 Prescott AZ 86301-3297

Permit #125

the Yavapai College Foundation

4th Annual

A benefit supporting the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College Friday, October 18, 2013 at 5:30pm

Verde Valley Campus 601 Black Hills Dr, Clarkdale

Tasting of exquisite wines from the Verde Valley region followed by a gourmet dinner carefully paired with delicious wines presented by renowned winemakers Eric Glomski of Page Springs Cellars, Corey Turnbull of Burning Tree Cellars and John Scarbrough of Cellar Dwellers Wine Company. Advance reservations are required, sponsorships are encouraged. For more information: or (928) 776-2025. Hosted by the Greater Verde Valley Chapter of the Yavapai College Foundation.

From left to right, Corey Turnbull,


Eric Glomski and John Scarbrou


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