The NORTHERN FOUNDATION
Northern Donor Mr. Richard Cook, 1926-2017
The Northern Foundation has learned of the passing of Richard P. Cook, a pillar of our community, with great sadness.
Mr. Cook was one of the Foundation’s earliest donors who established a fully endowed scholarship: The Española Transit Mix Endowment Fund. This scholarship has helped numerous students pursue their dream of a college degree at Northern and a better future.
Angeleah Serna, a full-time student and mother who worked two jobs, was a recipient of The Española Transit Mix Scholarship.
“The scholarship was a huge help in giving me the support [I needed to complete my degree],” said Angeleah. “My deepest condolences to his family.”
Mr. Cook was also involved in many philanthropic projects across northern New Mexico, in addition to his many business interests.
The Northern Foundation and the Office of the NNMC President would like to convey their most sincere condolences to the Cook family and friends on the loss of this northern New Mexico business icon and philanthropist.
Thank You for Making the Gala a Success!
Letter from Terry Mulert, Executive Director, The Northern Foundation
November 10, 2016
A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to the Española Valley and the entire region for your support of the Northern Foundation’s 21st Annual Gala! For the second straight year, we sold out over 500 seats and raised much-needed money for our Community Fund. These funds will benefit students and their families, faculty, staff and the entire Valley as we fulfill our mission to support Northern New Mexico College and all our surrounding neighbors. The night reaffirmed we share a vision that through higher education, communities thrive, and we once again proved that Together We Can!
Special thanks to the businesses who sponsored the event, to all those who donated to the live and silent Auction and to those who raised their paddles to make cash gifts. It was truly an amazing night with an electric and warm feeling in the house. To me, the ballroom felt like a big living room full of family and friends catching up after a long year, rekindling old friendships, making new friends, taking photos, and joining in a good time. I am humbled by the outpouring of support from you. TSAY Corporation along with Rio Arriba County and Centerra of Los Alamos stepped up as the main sponsors, and all our other sponsors and donors made a huge impact as well.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas captivated our guests with his heartfelt and incisive keynote address, and we welcomed our new president Dr. Rick Bailey. Applause to Ohkay Owingeh’s Ice Mountain Dancers, featured artist Frederico Vigil, musicians Cipriano Vigil and Cipriano Vigil, Jr., and hats off to auctioneer and emcee Mark Johnson for spicing the night with his quick wit and humor. We showed special appreciation to Board President Liddie Martinez. Thank you to all the Northern Foundation Board members. Extra-mile gratitude to the Gala volunteers who committed their time to helping me host the gathering and all my colleagues at Northern – we could not have done this without you.
As I reflect on my first two years as Executive Director, I am satisfied by our success, but I know there is so much more I can do – that WE can do together. This may be a time to pause and take stock, but it is no time to stop. I ask you all to continue to support the Foundation by starting a scholarship fund and by making a gift to our Community Fund before the end of the year. All gifts are 100% tax deductible and will help make a change here at home.
Lastly, thank you to our scholarship donors and congratulations to the Northern Foundation Scholars – your path ahead in life will take its turns, but you always have our love, our friendship, our support and our interest to know where you have been, where you are and where you will be. We look to you as the next leaders in our community.
There are many ways to support our students — Give to the Northern Community Fund! Terry Mulert, 505.747.2147, firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to enjoy the photo album of last year's GALA, The Faces of the Northern Foundation 2015 Gala Celebration!
Twenty Years in the Heart of the Valley: 2015 Northern Foundation Gala Recap
On November 14, 2015 the Northern Foundation community gathered to celebrate 20 Years in the Heart of the Valley at our annual gala in the Ohkay Owingeh Convention Center ballroom. 500 supporters came out for an incredible sold-out event that included our Northern Foundation scholars, donors, sponsors, faculty and staff, NNMC students and other special guests. We were treated to performances by Roberto Mondragon y Los Amigos and the Ice Mountain Dance Group of Ohkay Owingeh. We had a great time!
Amidst the Gala festivities, we kicked off our Community Fund campaign. We raised funds. We felt an inspired feeling of partnership to help fill financial gaps for so many deserving Northern students. Thank you to everyone who joined us and supported us! We enjoyed the expansive accommodations, had great conversations with friends old and new, and felt renewed commitment, excitement and hope for the Foundation’s next 20 years. The live auction was a dynamic and fun-filled cap to the evening and would not have been possible without our generous bidders and auction donors.
By all accounts, it was a very special night. With all our Board members in attendance, we celebrated two decades of impact and investment in the lives of New Mexicans. Keynote speaker and Northern Alumnus Jay Abeyta, an exemplar of community advocacy, encouraged guests and scholars to have faith, patience and perseverance on the path toward their own personal gratification and success. I think this has been the trademark of the Foundation as we built an endowment of over $3 million.
20 Years in the Heart of the Valley was our most important fundraising event to date eclipsing previously achieved benchmarks thanks to our Gala sponsors and donors. These funds will help the Foundation fulfill its mission to support students first and also faculty, staff and the community at-large as we strive toward social change in the Valley.
Every dollar invested that night symbolizes what we can accomplish with a shared vision for a vibrant and flourishing Valley. These funds will have a ripple effect through our community as we help students reap the benefits of a college degree.
A Welcome from Terry Mulert
Northern Foundation Director
As the Executive Director of the Northern Foundation, I aim to cultivate thoughtful philanthropy in the Española Valley and surrounding region in support of the College's mission.
I want to help NNMC connect its values, vision and goals to our neighbors locally, statewide and nationally so that the Northern Foundation can increase its resources for the benefit of students, the College and the community.
Northern New Mexico is a very special place, and I continue to be inspired by her stark contrasts in topography, culture, climate, ethnicity and lifestyle. For over 25 years I have lived in the historic mountain village of Cordova with my wife Paula and son Francis, both native New Mexicans, and I have worked at Northern in various capacities during most of that time – from teaching and tutoring to program work and volunteering.
I am excited to celebrate the Foundation’s 20 years of awarding scholarships and growing funds to support the dynamic ambitions of this wonderful school serving students from here in the Valley and dozens of surrounding communities.
I look forward to meeting with you soon!