Come to an NPC Friends & Family board meeting. We meet every month via teleconference!
All are welcome! Simply dial the teleconference line given for the month at the start of the meeting, or join Executive Director Betsyann Wilson live from a different campus or center each month - locations are announced at this site, one week prior to each meeting date.
Our next monthly meeting meeting is , Monday, November 25th at 3:30 p.m. on NPC extension 7479. Learn more about our meetings on the About Us page!
Arizona Gives Day 2019!
Arizona Gives Day was Tuesday, April 2, 2019
An additional $7,500 in bonus money pushed the total collected by NPC Friends & Family on Arizona Gives Day, Tuesday, April 2, to $33,387.00 for student scholarships, OUR BEST AZ GIVES DAY EVER!
We won $2,500 for ‘Most Dollars Raised by a Small Nonprofit,’ another $1,000 for the ‘Most Dollars Raised in Prescheduled Donations by a Small Nonprofit’ and $500 for the ‘Most Unique Donations Prescheduled by a Small Nonprofit! We even won two Power Hours, bringing our total in bonus winnings to $7,500, over $2,000 MORE than in 2018!
Every dollar you gave supports need-based scholarships for some of the finest and most courageous college students ANYWHERE!
2019 Disc Golf Tournament
A sunny day of disc golf competition Saturday, August 10, at the Four Seasons Disc Golf Course raised nearly $4,000 toward Northland Pioneer College Friends and Family scholarships for student veterans.
This annual tournament was held in partnership with the towns of Snowflake and Taylor and hosted professional and amateur disc golfers from around the Southwest. The Four Seasons Disc course is nestled nicely within the Snowflake Municipal Golf Course and was designed by Disc Golf Hall of Famer Dan Ginnelly and “Snowflake” Steve Johnston, two pioneers of the sport.
The tournament’s hefty $2,000 Pro Purse was generously made possible by the Towns of Snowflake and Taylor and drew the attention of well-known disc golf professionals, noted for throwing distances of 600 feet plus. Those in this category included Jeremy Novack of Payson, who came out the overall leader in the MPO (pro male under 40) division with a score of 103, Pete Ulibarri, of Mesa, who finished close behind at third place with a score of 106, and Connor Rock, of Lakeside who finished sixth in the division and is known for drives measuring well over 700 ft. There are over 115,000-disc golfers registered with the Professional Disc Golfers Association, (PDGA) worldwide. Pros playing in this year’s tournament rank among the top 1% of that elite group!
A highlight of the competition was an ace thrown by Brad Casarotto of Mesa, AZ (shown in photo) on the number five hole; a “thumber shot” made with a bright orange Jerry Garcia disk sporting the legendary persona complete with his dancing bears. The field of players witness to the throw broke out in hearty applause as Brad, who also finished first in the MP40 (pro male over 40 division) called the shot, stepped up to the tee box and nailed the hole-in-one.
Finishing first in the FPO division (female pro under 40), was Sami Keddigton of Tempe, who stated, “This is just an awesome tournament and one I always look forward to and will continue to come to every year. It’s built around a wonderful cause and with the hard work of so many beautiful people. There’s truly a family feeling here and I just love it.”
Players competed in categories for both men and women, pro and amateur, as well as under the age of 16 and 10. Gift bags given to participants included tie-dyed tee-shirts and bright tournament discs among other goodies. Tournament Director “Snowflake” Steve Johnston tie-dyed every shirt by hand, so each was a unique work of art. Winning players also received custom trophies designed and hand-built by Steve who is well-known for his unique creations. Kegan Erhart of Taylor, celebrated his 13th birthday at the tournament with a fittingly tie-dyed birthday cake, a much-needed sweet treat enjoyed by all during the warm, humid day.
Major sponsors of the event included Copperstate Farms, Summit Healthcare, The Country Store, and Innova Disc Golf to name a few.
Thanks to all who sponsored AND participated! See you in 2020!
2019 Pedal the Petrified
Pedaling through a serene landscape of mysterious geological formations, molten-like rock slides and unearthly scenery at Petrified Forest National Park, nearly 250 bicyclists raised over $34,000 for scholarships in this year’s Pedal the Petrified bicycle tour Saturday, September 14th.
Through our partnership with the Petrified Forest National Park and numerous sponsors and volunteers, our seventh annual event once again attracted bicyclists from all over the nation, with participants from as far away as Michigan and New York. This year 85 percent of the event’s participants traveled from outside the local area. From what began in 2013 with 45 riders in the first Pedal the Petrified, in recent years the event has grown to full capacity with 250 riders ranging in age from 13 to 77.
Heartfelt thanks go out to Petrified Forest National Park, La Posada Hotel, Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center, Quality Inn of Holbrook, OK RV Park, and the Holbrook EconoLodge for their great event sponsorship and support of our riders! A special shout-out goes to our friends at Holbrook's Painted Desert Kiwanis for sponsoring a sag stop and providing all our riders with free admission to the Navajo County Fair. The great folks at Homolovi State Park also put on a wonderful star party for our riders to enjoy the night of the ride, making participant's experience even more memorable. I appreciate all of you, and our 70+ volunteers, including NPC's entire Fall 2019 class of law enforcement recruits under the guidance of Academy Director Jon Wisner, NPC faculty and staff, NPCFF board members, and (best of all) NPC students!! Pedal the Petrified could not happen without you! You are THE BEST!
Next year's ride is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020. Stay tuned for details.