Trinidad State Foundation event “Hats off to the Past, Present & Future” to feature keynote speaker Tim Simmons and honor legacies

This year’s theme for the Fun & Friendraiser, “Hats off to the Past, Present & Future,” honors those who positively impacted the college to such an extent that their legacies live on today and will continue to impact future generations at Trinidad State.

This year’s theme for the Fun & Friendraiser, “Hats off to the Past, Present & Future,” honors those who positively impacted the college to such an extent that their legacies live on today and will continue to impact future generations at Trinidad State.

The Trinidad State Educational Foundation announces the annual Fun & Friendraiser & Hall of Fame event for April 26 at 6 p.m. in the Scott Gym on the Trinidad State campus. The evening’s events include a reception and social hour at 6 p.m., silent auction and dinner at 7 p.m., with keynote speaker and Hall of Fame inductions to follow.

This year’s theme for the Fun & Friendraiser, “Hats off to the Past, Present & Future,” honors those who positively impacted the college to such an extent that their legacies live on today and will continue to impact future generations at Trinidad State. The keynote speaker for the event, Tim Simmons, is the son of legendary Southern Colorado basketball coach Harry Simmons—known as “The Chief”—who coached the Trinidad State basketball team in the early 1940s.

Tim Simmons specializes in sports media and special events as an independent event service consultant. Prior to his consulting career, Simmons worked at the Coors Brewing Company from 1981 to 1992 where he managed sports promotions, special events and entertainment marketing. Since then, he has taken on several sports media roles with various organizations, including the Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games; Heart of Dallas Bowl; Armed Forces Bowl; and the Women’s Professional Volleyball Association.

Following the keynote speaker, Don and Katherine Berg, Ben Johnson, and Fidel Romero will be posthumously inducted into the Trinidad State Educational Foundation Hall of Fame. The Trinidad State Educational Foundation Hall of Fame honors individuals who contribute to the betterment of Trinidad State Junior College through service, commitment and dedication. The legacies of the 2014 inductees continue to this day and will be honored and remembered as a part of the “Hats off to the Past, Present & Future” event.

Don Berg served as President of the Trinidad State Educational Foundation during the Foundation’s restructuring in 1973. He served in that capacity until 1980 and remained on the Board of Directors until 1983. The son of Albert V. Berg, for whom the Berg Building at Trinidad State is named, Don and his wife, Katherine, continued his father’s commitment to the College by establishing the Albert V. Berg Memorial Scholarship. Ben Johnson, a founding member of the Trinidad State Educational Foundation in 1968, also served on the College Advisory Council for more than 35 years from 1939 to 1975. Johnson was a member of the Foundation until the early 1990s. The residence hall, Johnson Hall, was officially dedicated April 1963 in honor of Johnson’s service to the institution. Fidel Romero served the Trinidad Campus as a custodian for 36 years through 1976. Former Trinidad State President, Roy Boyd, referred to him as the “Rock of Gibraltar” not only for his dependability on the job, but also for his ability to touch the lives of students and give them the determination to finish their education. Romero’s family honored his commitment to education and Trinidad State by establishing the Fidel Romero Scholarship. The families of Don and Katherine Berg, Johnson and Romero will accept the awards on behalf of the inductees.

The Fun & Friendraiser gala is open to the public. Individual tickets for the event are $50 per person. Corporate sponsorship levels of $5000, $2500, $1000 or $800 are also available.

Pieces donated for the silent auction include a hand-carved powder horn with a map of the Santa Fe Trail, created by gunsmithing student and historical Author Gary Yee; handcrafted pens, made by a gunsmithing alumnus; and art prints and photography prints by local artists, among other unique items.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Trinidad State Educational Foundation in its mission to promote the growth and development of Trinidad State Junior College. The Educational Foundation is a private, non-profit corporation founded in 1968 to raise and manage private gifts for Trinidad State.

Tickets for the event must be purchased in advance. For ticket reservations or more information, contact the Trinidad State Educational Foundation at (719) 846-5649.

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