Pueblo Community College Foundation Presents Pueblo Hall of Fame for 2015
Story and photos by btstaff
25th Annual Pueblo Hall of Fame
at Fortino Ballroom, PCC benefiting Pueblo Community College Foundation at 5:30 pm
The theme of the evening was that we have alot to be proud of in Pueblo. The outstanding accomplishments of the 2015 Pueblo Community College Foundation’s Hall of Fame recipients speak volumes about the pride and work ethic of our leaders, but the acceptance speeches also were a call to action to all Puebloans to sing the praises of our great city.
Eddie and Neta DeRose and Sollie Raso were honored Friday evening and received standing ovations for their stellar careers.
Mike DeRose took the stage to introduce his parents, telling stories of the bar being set high. “When I joined the family practice,” he said, “my father told me I should start out by only working half days to spend time with my family. Then he asked me, ‘would you like the first twelve hours or the second twelve hours?’ ” Eddie DeRose took the stage with his wife Neta and spoke about the pressing need to defend Pueblo to naysayers. “How many cities get to say that they have a national college football championship?” he smiled after reminding the crowd of all the attractions Pueblo has to offer.
Sollie Raso’s sons Gary and Sol accepted the award for their father, who at 93 is still very sharp but preferred to have his sons trek to the stage for him. They too touted the best things about Pueblo and the great memories they and sisters DebbieLynch and D’AnneRaso had in growing up here.
The DeRoses and the Rasos had extended familiy members and friends filling the room to pay tribute to them. County Commissioner Buffie McFadyen and Council President Steve Nawrocki read proclamations to make March 6 “Eddie and Neta DeRose and Sollie Raso day.”
PCC student Brittney Martinez also took the stage earlier in the program and it was evident that she was well on her way to being a hall-of-famer in the making. PCC President Patty Erjavec and PCC Foundation President Joe Welte also took the stage to thank everyone for their support.
The Pueblo Hall of Fame was established to honor those individuals who by their extraordinary efforts have contributed to the betterment or enhancement of Pueblo. Proceeds from the annual event support the Pueblo Community College Foundation and its student scholar program.
A little about the 2015 inductees:
Dr. Eddie and Neta DeRose are founding members of Friends of Football, a group of local supporters who helped raise money to reinstate football, wrestling and women’s track and field at CSU-Pueblo. The home for the ThunderWolves, for now and forever, is named the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. They are tireless supporters of CSU Pueblo, Pueblo Community College, the YMCA and numerous youth groups and sports teams.
Sollie Raso became a B-17 bombardier in WWII. After serving in the military, Sollie moved to Pueblo in 1947 and became a teacher and coach at Central High School. He advanced to become the principal at Central High School and held that position for twelve years before taking on the role of Director of Activities for District 60 until his retirement.
Sollie served as the President of the Colorado High School Activities Association in 1970-71 and received numerous honors from local, state and national professional organizations. He also served two terms as a Pueblo County Commissioner beginning in 1984.
Bernie and Rudy Padula
Mark and Cindy Ayala-Cooper, left, and Dan Corsentino
Lynn Simmons and Debbie Raso Lynch
John Pusedu, left, D’Anne Raso and Ray Pusedu
Julius Chi, Dr. Lin Chang, Dr. Jacob Chi and June King
Carole Walls, left, and Barbara Fortiino (board member)
Barbara and Hal Deselms, left, PCC President Patty Erjavec, Ray Erjavec and Foundation President Joe Welte
John and Nadene Verna
Board member Marty Poole, left, and longtime friend Ernamarie Williams
Florence Hunt, left, and Ivestine White
2001 Hall of Famers Sandy and Marv Stein
Lynette and Ron Goodrich, left, Rick Craig and Denny Guy
Aletta and Al Benko
Don Banner, left, and Steve Narwocki
Tim Simmons, Sam Pagano, Patti Lubich and Diane Pagano
2014 Hall of Famers Jim and Paulette Stuart
Board VP Mickey Moore and Foundation Executive Director Martha Simmons
Honoree Sollie Raso is congratulated by Marty Poole
Carlos and Olive Baca
Buzz Kaufman, left, chats with Jack Ward
Tim Simmons, left, and Dave Perkins (he was QB for the 1965 Central Wildcats, who won the state championship that year)
Angie and William Jagger
Dr. Jacob Chi and June King serenade honoree Neta DeRose
2015 honorees Eddie and Neta DeRose
Svetlana Sena, left, Becky and Mike Cafasso
2014 Hall of Famers Art and Lorraine Gonzales are serenaded
Marty and Dee Gersick, left, and Michelle and Steve Gjerde
Mark and Cindy Ayala-Cooper, left, and Jon Brude
Sally and Jack Pecoraro
Co-honorees Sollie Raso, left, and Eddie DeRose
Maggie Divelbiss (2003 Hall of Famer), left, and Kathy Farley greet Eddie DeRose
Donna Ward, left, and PCC students Nicole Ayers and Katherine Patton
Kathy Farley chats with Mark Carmel
Irene Elgart, left, and Patty Erjavec
Board member Jan and Ralph Williams, left, with Wynona Sullivan (she’s on the board also) and Dr. Wally Sullivan
Phillip Mancha, retired dean of arts and sciences at PCC, left, Dr. Lana Carter, dean of the Fremont campus, and Dr. Shirley Squier, retired dean of the Fremont campus
Lisa Kogovsek, Ray and Linda Kogovsek (he was 2009 Hall of Famer) and Christina Haney
silent auction offerings
2015 Hall of Famers Eddie and Neta DeRose, left, and Sollie Raso
Honoree Sollie Raso, left, and his sons Sol and Gary
Mike DeRose, left, Eddie and Neta DeRose, Sollie Raso and Gary and Sol Raso
Mike DeRose, Patty Erjavec, Eddie and Neta DeRose, Sollie Raso, Gary Raso, Sol Raso, Craig Eliot, Joe Welte
Eddie and Neta DeRose; Sollie Raso; Scholarship winner: Brittney Martinez
PCC Foundation: Martha Simmons
PCC President: Patty Erjavec
Bianca Flores, Admin Asst.; Kerstien Zabukovic, Development & Special Events; Danyelle Canning, Finance; Ginger Medina, Bookkeeping
Mike DeRose for Eddie and Neta DeRose; Sol Raso for Sollie Raso (Gary Raso accepted the award on stage for his father)
PCC President Patty Erjavec, Foundation President Joe Welte, Buffie McFadyen, Steve Narwocki
Diamond: CSU Pueblo/CSUP Foundation, Pueblo Community College, Skin Care Now; Emerald: Vidmar Motors, Kogovsek & Associates, Kathy Farley & Fran McClave, Legacy Bank; Sapphire: Black Hills Energy, Art & Lorraine Gonzales, Industrial Constructors-Managers Inc., LDC Properties, McPherson Breyfogle Daveline & Goodrich PC, St Mary Corwin Medical Center, Family of Harry 'The Chief' & Bodie Simmons; Ruby: Stifel; Pearl: Atlas Pacific, Cortez Construction, Office of the District Attorney, Barbara Fortino, Loaf N Jug, Parkview Medical Center, SunWest Educational Credit Union, Xcel Energy; Opal: Mark & Cindy Cooper, El Pomar Foundation, Rita Gonzales & Robert Rivera, Life Care Center/University Park Care Center, Sunflower Bank, Sheriff Kirk Taylor, US Bank, John & Nadene Verna, Paul & Chris Willumstad, YMCA; Patrons: Eddie & Neta DeRose, the Raso family; Entertainment Sponsor: Joe & Linda Welte; Dinner wine compliments of: PCC Foundation Board of Directors; In Kind: Avalos Photography, Chairs With Flair, Heavenly Canopies, Martha Simmons, Tim & Lynn Simmons, Ted Trani
Watermelon, Feta and mixed green salad; Italian braised short ribs and salmon Roulade with herbed butter; grilled asparagus; glazed baby carrots; Fagolini; blood orange Tiramisu
Avalos Photography, Chairs With Flair, Heavenly Canopies, Martha Simmons, Tim & Lynn Simmons, Ted Trani, PCC Center for New Media, Conference and Event Services, Culinary Arts, Dining Services, Marketing & Communications Office
Board of Directors:
Joe Welte, President; Mickey Moore, Vice President; Kaleigh Barnard, Secretary; Tammy Fesmire, Treasurer; Sharon Swerdfeger, Past President; Members: Carla Barela, Ross Barnhart, Patty Erjavec, Barbara Fortino, Lori Lovato, Charnell Mayer, Pamela Patterson, Marty Poole, Walter Schepp, Wynona Sullivan, Theodore Trani, Janice Williams, Paul Willumstad Esq.