The atmosphere was upbeat and jovial as the Pueblo Community College Hall of Fame celebrated its 27th anniversary Friday night. Accolades for five stellar community members abounded as they were inducted into the prestigious group:

Jack Quinn–In 1972, Jack Quinn became the third Executive Director of the Pueblo Housing Authority and stayed in the position until his retirement in 2006.  During his tenure with the PHA, the Connecticut native increased the public housing units by 750 percent and became a recognized national leader for his effort as the President of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials.

Jane Rawlings–A Pueblo native, Jane Rawlings has been active in the Pueblo community since returning home in 1996 to head the Pueblo Chieftain’s internet development process. For the past three decades, Rawlings has continued her work at the newspaper where she is the assistant publisher while becoming a leader in southern Colorado in a diverse array of non-profit organizations throughout the region.

Mike Salardino–Mike Salardino was a disc jockey at KDZA Radio in the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll, served 12 years on City Council and has morphed into a successful financial advisor. He is also the president of the local Sons of Italy Lodge and is often recruited as a chef for local charity events.

Hank and Ernamarie Williams–A successful businessman, Hank served most notably as the president, chairman of the board and CEO of United Bank of Pueblo. Ernamarie was known as a “high energy” individual who was committed to making life better for her community.  Her public service reflected her unique diversity of interest. Their award was accepted by the Williams family and a speech by Eleanor Williams Clark. The Williams’ donated a valuable painting to the PCC Foundation.

Emcee Bob Leon Kirscht kept the program moving along and had many personal memories and comments about inductees and attendees. Ron Francis of pewag added light-hearted comments about the importance of supporting the PCC Foundation and the students.

The Hall of Fame marks the prestigious additions of community supporters and advocates of education. For more information, log on to www.pueblocc.edu and www.puebloccfoundation.org.