Nov 10, 2013 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterThe Central Wyoming College Foundation raised almost $20,000 during the 13th Annual Oktoberfest Scholarship Fundraiser in Riverton last month.
More than one-quarter of the money came from an impromptu auction of a 1964 Ford Thunderbird that had been donated to the foundation by Ken and Darlene Hostetter.
The car initially was the subject of a raffle, but CWC Foundation board member Joyce Dauler donated the vehicle back to the organization after she won the drawing.
The Thunderbird was auctioned off for about $6,000.
"It was a great gift," foundation manager Lynette Jeffres said this week. "All those dollars stay right here and support our students."
The foundation already had raised $13,000 through the sale of $20 raffle tickets for the car.
The October event also included an auction of homemade desserts and a trip to Disney World with airfare included for four people.
"We had a great turnout," Jeffres said.
She invited members of the public to attend the foundation's upcoming scholarship reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Health and Science Center on the CWC campus. The gathering introduces scholarship recipients to the donors who help pay for their coursework.
"Students can see people (who) really believe in their education," Jeffres said. "And donors get to see the face of the kids they're helping. It makes it more real for them as well and gives them a more personal touch."
Attendees will tour the new Health and Science Center and hear about CWC's nursing program, then listen to speakers, including students who will talk about their experience so far at the school.
"It's a way to say thank you and make people realize the difference you can make in someone's life," Jeffres said.
For more information, call the CWC Foundation at 855-2254.
Correction: This story should have said the Central Wyoming College Foundation's 13th Annual Oktoberfest raised roughly $20,000 through the raffle, donation and subsequent auction of a 1964 Ford Thunderbird, but the overall fundraising total topped $40,000.
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