MOD Pizza Fundraiser

posted Feb 11, 2019, 9:05 AM by Katie Groke Ellis

MOD Pizza is hosting a fundraiser benefitting Arvada West H.S. Foundation. Come for lunch, dinner or takeout and enjoy a
delicious meal! Tuesday, February 12 - all day.

Ladies and Gents Holiday Tea

posted Oct 18, 2018, 3:25 PM by Katie Groke Ellis

Arvada West High School Foundation is hosting our annual holiday tea fundraiser on Saturday, December 8th at Arvada West High School. Please join us and enjoy a wonderful tea, entertainment and silent auction. It is a fun way to kick off the holiday season. 

Tickets are $20.

2018 Hall of Fame Ceremony

posted Sep 1, 2018, 11:01 AM by Katie Groke Ellis

Buy tickets now for our 2018 Hall of Fame Ceremony on October 16 at Indian Tree Golf Club. 

2018 AWHSF Annual Meeting

posted Aug 13, 2018, 6:38 PM by Katie Groke Ellis

Join us for our annual meeting at Arvada West High School. All members will have a vote on bylaws, new board members, etc. We would love to hear from you, please join us! If you need to renew your membership you can do so here. For more information and to RSVP, please visit our Facebook page.

Remembering Mr. Ashton

posted Apr 30, 2018, 9:54 AM by Katie Groke Ellis   [ updated May 2, 2018, 12:36 PM ]

Ralph William (Bill) Ashton died peacefully at home on April 18, 2018. Bill was born in
Arvada, Colorado, on May 6, 1929. Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph E.
and Helen Ashton, sister, Marie Lykou, and brother, Robert Ashton.
Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Phyllis (Salvador) Ashton, daughters, Tammy
Yonkie (Dave), and Vicki Wolf (Eric) and grandchildren, Dawn Yonkie, Ashton and Eric
Wolf, and Tori Wolf-Templeton (Andrew), sister-in- law, Leona Hunt, brother-in- law, Paul
Salvador (Joan), and numerous nieces and nephews.

After graduating from Arvada High School in 1947, and CU Boulder in 1951, Bill started
his career as a high school science teacher in the small towns of Sedgwick and Haxtun,
Colorado. After a short stint in Coronado, California, Bill finally settled in Jefferson
County in 1960, where he taught at Jefferson High School for three years. He then
helped open Arvada West in 1963 and spent 23 of his 32 year teaching career there.
While at Arvada West, he chartered the Honor Society and the Arvada West Interact
Club, a club that initiated the Arvada Alive CPR training. In 1987, Bill received both the
Arvada West Area Distinguished Teacher and Colorado Educator for Jefferson County
awards. In 2015, Bill was inducted into the Arvada West High School Foundation Hall of
Fame in recognition of his contributions to the school and community.

Outside of teaching, Bill was a very involved member of his community. Bill was a
member of Arvada Rotary from 1974-2000, serving as president from 1983-1984. He
was on the Jeffco Credit Union Board from 1970-1990, and chairman during
construction of the 355 Union Building.

A longtime advocate of Olde Town Arvada, Bill was a charter member of the Arvada
Historical Society, serving as president from 1995-1997, and chairman for the Arvada
Flour Mill Annex Project. He served on committees for the Olde Town Walking Tour,
Olde Town Historic Districts, McIlvoy Park and Pavilion, the Gold Strike Park Master
Plan, the McIlvoy House Restoration, and the Forward Arvada Building Corporation. He
was treasurer of the Pro Arvada Committee in 1991 and pushed for the expansion of
the Arvada Center, City Hall, and Ralston Road to Sheridan. Bill was recognized by the
Arvada Chamber of Commerce as Man of the Year in 1994, and is named in Profiles of
Arvada for the First 100 Years published in 2004.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 24 th , at 11:00 AM at Arvada United
Methodist Church located at 6750 Carr Street, Arvada, Colorado. In lieu of flowers,
contributions can be made to the Arvada Historical Society, 7307 Grandview Ave.,
Arvada, CO 80002, the Arvada West High School Foundation for the Bill Ashton
Science Scholarship, P.O. Box 1677, Arvada, CO 80001-1677, or the Arvada Rotary
Foundation, P.O. Box 171, Arvada, CO 80001.

Donations to the Mr. Ashton Science Scholarship can be made here.

Cara Parker Russell Memorial Fund

posted Jul 17, 2016, 10:01 AM by Katie Groke Ellis   [ updated Jul 18, 2016, 9:28 AM ]

If you would like to donate to the Cara Parker Russell Memorial Fund, please click here

It with our deepest sympathy to the Parker family that we offer this memorial. May Cara rest in peace. For more information, click here.

Get Your King Soopers Card Today

posted Mar 31, 2016, 3:20 PM by Katie Groke Ellis

Help us raise money for AW scholarships. We are currently part of the King Soopers Neighborhood Rewards Program. If you shop at King Soopers it is so easy to help raise money for AWHSF. All you do is load up your gift card each time you shop and AWHSF receives 5% back on all purchases. Email if you are interested.

Bricks Still Available

posted Dec 17, 2013, 4:02 PM by Katie Groke Ellis   [ updated Aug 17, 2016, 3:04 PM ]


Preserve your name in time and support scholarships for graduating seniors. The Arvada West High School Foundation sponsors the Walk of the Wildcats, a brick project, located around the flagpoles at the main entrance of the school. The 4”x 8” ruby red bricks are marked with white infill letters on two to three lines. 

To receive an order form contact: Bill Ashton at or The AWHS Foundation PO Box 1677 Arvada, CO 80001 

The cost of the brick is $100. 

Remember the Past Build the Future 

The Walk of the Wildcats is a continuing project of the AWHS Foundation.  

Orders may be sent to the Arvada West High School Foundation P.O. Box 1677, Arvada CO 80001, with payment by cash, check, money order, PayPal, Visa or MasterCard.

 For more information contact Bill Ashton   303-422-4712 or

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