Meal of the Year, Feb. 25; BendBroadband co-sponsor

Meal of the Year, Feb. 25; BendBroadband co-sponsor

IMG_3579.1Buy your tickets today for the Central Oregon Community college’s Meal of the Year program set for Saturday, Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m., at COCC’s Mazama Gymnasium.  Tickets are $150 each and supports scholarships for COCC students.

Guests of this gala evening are treated to a four-course meal, created and presented by Cascade Culinary Institute.

BendBroadband is a co-sponsor of the Meal of the Year program and awards a scholarship each year to an COCC student. In 2016, Carlos Vazquez was the recipient of the BendBroadband COCC Foundation Scholarship.

When Carlos was awarded the Diversity Education Award, he was described “as one of those rare students who takes the time to deeply process what he has learned and is eager and courageous in wanting to share it all with others.”

Carlos is the secretary of the Addictions Studies and Human Services Club on campus and helped raise awareness about the Spanish-language Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.  He also volunteers to help English Language Learners understand their math assignments and has tutored in Spanish for the World Languages and Cultures Department.

In a thank you letter to BendBroadband, Carlos said the scholarship allowed him to continue his internship at Best Care Latino Services, where he is learning “the techniques” to becoming a future counselor. Carlos said he looks forward to “guiding clients” to educational opportunities before they leave the treatment facilities.”

By being a former addict, Carlos said he “can emphasize with people with their struggles in their journey” and knows first-hand how to guide them through the journey to sobriety and success.

The 2017 event will honor Chris and Jan Wick for their commitment to making Central Oregon a better place for all. Each year the COCC Foundation offers nearly 350 awards totaling $1.5 million for local students.

For more information about COCC Foundation, contact 541.318.3783 or foundation@cocc.edu.

 

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