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AWC Foundation to present Schoolhouse Soiree

Sponsorship opportunities available to raise funds for scholarships

Yuma, AZ (August 15, 2022) – The Arizona Western College Foundation will recognize champions of education and scholarship recipients during their Schoolhouse Soiree in October.

The celebration will merge two longtime AWC Foundation events, the Hall of Fame and the Celebration of Scholars, to commemorate Yuma and La Paz community members who make a difference in education, generous donors, and students who have earned scholarships. The evening’s festivities will also include a cocktail hour, dinner, and a silent auction fundraiser.

“To honor the past, present, and future, we have chosen to combine both events this year to make the Schoolhouse Soiree our signature fundraising event. All proceeds from the event and our silent auction will go specifically to the Arizona Western College Foundation Gold Heart Fund for scholarships,” said AWC Foundation Chief Operating Officer Laura Knaresboro.

“At the Foundation, we also believe in giving back to our community. That is why we will be hosting the event in the heart of Yuma County at Hacienda La Victoria, a beautiful, locally owned venue.”

The Schoolhouse Soiree will be held from 6-10 p.m. on October 7, at Hacienda La Victoria, 1302 E. Main Street, in Somerton.

Tickets for the event are $100 and can be purchased online here. Sponsorship opportunities include one Champion of Education Sponsor ($5,000), one Excellence in Education Sponsor ($4,000), Make a Difference Sponsors ($2,500), Knowledge is Power Sponsors ($1,000), and Key to Success Sponsors ($500). 

For more information, contact the AWC Foundation at or (928) 344-1720.

More information on the AWC Hall of Fame:

Since it was established in 2011, the AWC Hall of Fame event has recognized individuals who have made a significant contribution to the mission and vision of the college. The award criteria encourages a broad range of nominations that represent students, faculty/staff, athletic or academic teams, or community members. These individuals have brought significant prestige and recognition to AWC through outstanding success in a career, a body of work or special event, or dedicated promotion of the mission of higher education in the greater Yuma and/or La Paz region. The AWC Hall of Fame currently has a total of 24 honorees.

More information on the Celebration of Scholars:
The annual Celebration of Scholars banquet was previously held to recognize the academic achievements of scholarship recipients and the generosity of donors who have made those opportunities possible. During the 2020-2021 academic year, the AWC Foundation granted over $276,000 in scholarship awards and program support.

Gladys Anaya
Development Manager
Arizona Western College Foundation
(928) 317-7620

Laura Knaresboro
Chief Operating Officer
Arizona Western College Foundation
(928) 344-1723

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