Frightful fundraiser

Halloween-themed CNCC nursing program scholarship fundraiser brings in $3,000

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Several more students will be able to attend college next year thanks to the community's support.

The Colorado Northwest Community College nursing program held a fundraiser Saturday at The Center of Craig, raising money for the Colorado Nurses Association scholarship.

"I think we did exceptionally well," CNCC student Kristy Miner said. "I think a lot of students are going to benefit from the money we raised."

Miner said from the auction alone, where some quilts went for as high as $400, the program raised more than $3,000 for the scholarship.

Kathleen Shepard donated a heart-patterned quilt -- one of 66 items at the auction -- and said she was impressed with the turnout.

Miner said the auction is a large moneymaker for the program and that the turnout is a reflection of the community.

CNCC foundation board member Nancy Sadvar said the money will go towards supplies for students and directly to tuition for the nursing students.

"A lot of times they are single mothers who are educating themselves," Sadvar said.

Sadvar said she appreciates the support from the community and hopes next year's fundraiser will continue to be a success.

Carelli's Italian Restaurant catered the Halloween-themed event, where students dressed up to spook attendants.

Nursing students weren't the only ones dressing up.

Katie's Kostumes pitched in for the fundraiser by providing a runway show of historical and Americana-style outfits.

Models suited up in 1920s flapper dresses, war-era outfits and Kathie Johnson's renditions of 18th- and 19th-century dresses.

Johnson said she was happy to help the fundraiser by providing entertainment.

Student Scott Murrell, who was almost as entertaining in his naughty nurse outfit, was glad to put in time for the fundraiser.

"Hopefully it'll be awarded to one of our students who really needs it," Murrell said.

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