College Foundation Celebrates 31st and Final Gala

June 26, 2018
Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Mendocino College Pomo Plaza, Ukiah

The Mendocino College Foundation is honored to host their 31st and final Gala fundraiser. This year’s event partner is the Mendocino County Winegrowers, Inc. and the event will be held on the Mendocino College campus in Ukiah.

“We are going back to our roots for this year’s event,” stated Travis Scott, Event Chair. This year’s Gala will feature a seated dinner provided by Ellery Clark Catering and is limited to 300 guests. According to Scott, the event began 31 years ago as a fundraiser to support student scholarships with 100% of the proceeds being used for that very purpose every year since inception.

In the beginning, the volunteer board of directors raised an average of $5,000 to $10,000 for student scholarships. Some thirty-one years later, the Foundation distributed over $250,000 in scholarships and awards this past May.

Over the years, numerous Foundation Directors worked diligently on the annual Gala to ensure that funding was secured for student scholarships. Special thanks goes out to our past event chairs including Joan Schlienger, Rhonada Clausen, Diane Daubeneck, Martha Barra, Leroy Chase and Marilyn Harden.

Senator Mike McGuire will be back for a second year as our celebrity auctioneer. McGuire is a passionate advocate for community colleges and for everyone having an opportunity to pursue higher education. McGuire will lead the live auction which will feature between 8-10 items ranging from vacations to a gorgeous outdoor set of furniture generously donated by Friedman’s.

Wine, beer and sparkling will be featured during the traditional happy hour along with passed appetizers. 15 local wineries will pour samples of Mendocino County’s finest wine.

“Events of this size and scale would not be possible without the charitable donations from our event sponsors. This year’s Presenting Sponsor is Law Offices of Caren Callahan and others include Khoury Dentistry; Main Street Financial; Fowler Auto Center/Subaru; Savings Bank of Mendocino County; NC Financial Group; Guillon Inc./Crush; Realty World Selzer Realty; Adventist Health Ukiah Valley; Adventist Health Howard Memorial; Fetzer/Bonterra; SHN Consulting and Engineers & Geologists; Flow Kana; Community First Credit Union; MCHC Health Centers; NCRM; Keenan & Associates; Sutter Lakeside Hospital; and our media sponsor 94.5 Kwine & Max 93.5 radio stations.

Event proceeds support the Mendocino College Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3), in providing scholarships, book awards, support for instructional programs and support the Foundation’s thirteen affiliate organizations. For more information about this year’s Gala go to

For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation or to donate towards any of their programs, call 707-467-1018.

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