The Center Of Protective Environment (COPE) held an Open House for the residents of Otero and Lincoln Counties in Alamogordo, New Mexico on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00PM. Delicious refreshments were provided by the COPE Board of Directors as well as tours of the new improved offices of the organization.
The Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce orchestrated a ribbon cutting ceremony with COPE Executive Director Kay Gomolak handily wielding the scissors.
Mayor Richard Boss read a proclamation issued by the city to COPE. Kay gave an interesting short history of the organization of how it started and how it arrived to this point.
|Glenda Mendoza, board member|
|Board Members Linda Carr and Judy Pingle. Judy was the original founder of COPE|
|Board Member Carla Kerr|
|Teresa Ham, Producer and Director of the COPE annual fundraiser concert with Executive Director Kay Gomolak|
|President Jerold Wiley of the COPE Board of Directors|
|Rebecca Williams is secretary of the Ruidoso Satellite office of COPE|
|Angela Randall, Volunteer Coordinator of Thrive in Alamogordo|
|COPE Board Vice President Carol Teweleit talking with current COPE Secretary/past President Sheila Harrison|
|An attendee talking with City Commissioner Nadia Sikes|
|Kim Boss makes a point to her husband, Mayor Boss, while Reverend James Forney looks on|
|COPE Board Member and Treasurer Reverend James Forney|
|The ever lovely Teresa Ham|
|Executive Director Kay Gomolak cutting the ribbon|
|Kay receives a plant and a certificate from the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce|
|Kay relating the history of COPE to the group|
|Judy Pingel, COPE founder, adds her thoughts and information on COPE|
|Kay's daughter from Las Cruces, NM also photographed the event|
|Alamogordo Mayor Richard Boss reading the Official Proclamation|
|Kay, receiving the Proclamation from Mayor Boss|
|Everyone held hands as Reverend Forney prayed for the continued success of COPE|
|Carla with the Alamogordo Daily News writer and photographer Tara Melton|
This is all I have to say for now.