Gala raises money for scholarships

PREMIER PILLARS of Achievement recipients are honored at gala. Photo by Debbie Bales

By Dale Lendrum
Western Sun staff writer

The 15th Annual Golden West College Foundation Gala was held at the beautiful Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort on Saturday, March 24 to raise money for student scholarships and awards.

With a silent auction, opportunity drawings, sponsorship opportunities, and a shot at a brand new 2012 Toyota Camry, provided by GWC Foundation Chair Judy Elmore and the generous folks at Elmore Toyota, the gala hoped to raise $100,000 or more to assist students with the rising costs of textbooks and tuition.

Live music at the event was provided by Wayne Foster Entertainment, while guests dined, danced, and donated throughout the entire evening.

The Golden West College Gala Committee, along with numerous donors, organizers, and student and staff volunteers, work diligently throughout the school year to prepare for this annual event.

The highlight of the evening came when Associated Students of Golden West College Vice President Monica Dekany chose in a drawing the winner of a 2012 Toyota Camry.

Winner Miriam Moser, a retired employee of Orange Coast College , was shocked and excited that she had won the drawing.

For the last seven years a car has been raffled off at the event, and Moser, “has purchased a ticket every year that Elmore Toyota has donated a vehicle to the gala,” said GWC Foundation Director Margie Bunten.

Coast Community College Chancellor Andrew Jones also won the opportunity drawing for a brand-new iPad and said, “It’s for my wife.”

The committee in charge of organizing the gala met on Monday, April 2 for a wrap up of this year’s GWC Foundation Gala and already began preparations and planning for an even greater gala in 2013.

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