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 meeting meeting is Monday, November 16, 2020 on Zoom. Learn more about our meetings on the About Us page!
Arizona Gives Day 2020!
Arizona Gives Day was Tuesday, April 7, 2020!
Here is what you helped us accomplish this year!
We brought in a total of $26,883.00 from 116 unique donations. (Last year, we took in $25,837 from 97 unique donations.) Once again this year, our friends at Summit Healthcare came through with a $5,000.00 corporate match, which they always pledge for our first $5,000.00 raised!
We finished in Third Place in the category of Most Dollars Raised – Small Nonprofits – All Organizations, which carries a Performance Prize of $2,500.00! Moreover, we were in 32nd place among ALL 982 nonprofits across Arizona that participated in AZ Gives Day!
I am most grateful for the outpouring of love for Dr. Eric Henderson. Of the 116 donations made, nearly half – 53, totaling $9,450.00 – were made in his memory. Eric was a champion for education, and I know he would be pleased – and probably amazed - to know he did so much that will help so many through this event.
No matter how you look at it, NPC students won big!!!!
Every dollar you gave supports need-based scholarships for some of the finest and most courageous college students ANYWHERE!
2020 Disc Golf Tournament
Our fourth annual scholarship Disc Golf Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2020 at the Four Seasons course in Snowflake, has been cancelled, due to COVID-19. We look forward to summer 2021, when we can get together again and play disc golf to help NPC Friends and Family provide scholarships for Northland Pioneer College students!
For information, please contact NPC Friends and Family Executive Director Betsyann Wilson at (928) 536-6245 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions about the course and tournament format, players can contact “Snowflake” Steve Johnston at email@example.com.
Pedal the Petrified 2020 -
The Virtual Tour!
NPC FRIENDS & FAMILY’S 8TH ANNUAL PEDAL THE PETRIFIED A VIRTUAL SUCCESS!
The eighth-annual Pedal the Petrified, a non-competitive bicycle tour of Petrified Forest National Park hosted by NPC Friends and Family, was scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2020. Each year, registration for this event brings 200-250 bicycle riders from all over the nation to Petrified Forest National Park and raises scholarships for the students of Northland Pioneer College. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, the national park made the difficult decision not to host Pedal the Petrified this year.
NPC Friends and Family turned this year’s ride into Pedal the Petrified 2020-The Virtual Tour! Riders chose the distance, the location, the date – any time between August 15 and September 19 – and their companions. Some who were self-isolating even opted to ride indoors on a stationary bike. All virtual riders were invited to share their fun photos, videos and stories on Facebook.
The virtual tour succeeded beyond all expectations! In a break from precedent for this fund-raising event, we offered to refund rider fees. We knew there would be folks who had lost income, due to the pandemic, so we were prepared to support their requests. We were astonished to find that of the 183 riders who were registered at the time the pandemic broke out, only 24 requested refunds. While many told us to keep their registration fees for scholarships, 77 riders took the virtual option. We even had fifteen additional registrants for Pedal the Petrified 2020 – The Virtual Tour!
The creativity of virtual riders was great to see! One rider who lives in Illinois hung a map of the United States in his garage and pledged to ride from his home to Sedona, AZ on his stationary bike. After each day’s ride, he added a new pin to the map to show the progress he had made toward his goal. When he got to the Petrified Forest, he noted that he was riding Pedal the Petrified! He did finally make it to Sedona. Others completed actual rides in beautiful settings around the country, including Yosemite and Grand Canyon National Parks, rural Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and even Connecticut. A Tucson rider posted photos of her bike in front of colorful, imaginative urban art, including murals and sculptures found all over the city.
I rode four rides totaling over 100 miles around Navajo County to showcase Northland Pioneer College’s four campuses and the communities they serve. I was joined on the last leg by Steve Buck of Concho, who has ridden every Pedal the Petrified since the event began in 2013. Steven and I rode in honor of our friend Dr. Jon Graff of San Jose, California, a perennial participant in and sponsor of the event, who is in the final stages of cancer. I reported to Jon regularly on the progress of the virtual event, and he was delighted by the support and participation. Jon has helped literally hundreds of NPC students through his support of Pedal the Petrified and his 2016 establishment of the Jon Graff, PhD Scholarship Fund.
Best of all, Pedal the Petrified 2020-The Virtual Tour has netted over $34,000.00 for student scholarships, making it the second-best Pedal the Petrified ever. I am so grateful to everyone who took this crummy situation with the pandemic and turned it into such a huge positive for NPC students, and for everyone else who took part! It was so much fun seeing riders’ posts and learning what they were doing for their own rides. It reminds me of just how many wonderful friends our students have!
You too can check out Pedal the Petrified 2020-The Virtual Tour! Just visit the Pedal the Petrified page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Pedal-the-Petrified-Bike-Tour-643037215731113 .