Annual Opening Doors Event Raises Nearly $70k for Scholarships

CWI graduates, Andde Mendez and Shane Larson
CWI graduates, Andde Mendez and Shane Larson, hosts of the 2020 Opening Doors Virtual Benefit Event
October 9, 2020

Thank you to all who joined the College of Western Idaho (CWI) Foundation’s 2020 Opening Doors live event on Wednesday, Oct. 7. Virtual for the very first time, this year’s event has raised nearly $70,000 so far for student scholarships!

Hosted live from CWI’s Diesel Technology Lab at the Nampa Campus Micron Education Center by 2015 CWI Communication graduates, Shane Larson and Andde Mendez, was nothing short of inspirational. As they shared videos highlighting students, alumni, faculty, program, community members, and donors of the College – the true spirit CWI shined through.

“I’ve watched a handful of events pivot to an online format, none have been this engaging,” commented CWI Trustee, Molly Lenty. “The emcees were awesome! The best we’ve ever had, and each of the sponsor and speaker had an impactful message – all in recognition of supporting our students.”

“CWI provided me with a solid foundation built with education, relationships, and experiences which have helped me in my career and personal journey,” said Larson. “I was so happy to be able to give back to the College that gave me my start. The event was fantastic – a fun experience, with great people, for a great cause. Grateful to have been a part of it!”

Did you miss the live event? Watch the replay: 2020 CWI Foundation Opening Doors Virtual Benefit Event Video 

There is still time to take part in this year’s online auction, open now through Oct. 14. The auction is full of amazing items, experiences, services to bid on.

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"Opening Doors is a team effort that cannot be successful without each of you," said Director of Development, Michael Jensen. "Thank you for your dedication and passion for CWI, our students, and our community! #mightyCWI!"