October 15, 2015

More funds raised than ever before!

Gala Logo 2015 MCF

More than 370 education and community supporters attended the Mendocino College Foundation’s Annual Gala fundraiser on Saturday, September 26 and pushed the fundraising needle to the highest point ever. 

“Once again, we owe an enormous thank you to our guests, corporate sponsors, and everyone who just showed up to support education in our small town. Thanks to you, this year’s Gala exceeded our expectations and it rose to an even higher level than last year,” stated Richard Cooper, Foundation President. 

“While the final numbers won’t be known for another few weeks, it appears that our gross revenue grew by over $20,000 this year, to a whopping $165,000,” according to Diane Daubeneck, Special Events Chair.
“An event like this would not be possible without the support of our business community, stated Daubeneck. “The support we receive from businesses like Wil Gonzalez, WE flowers as this year’s floral contributor and George Husaruk’s Jazz Ensemble our music sponsor to name a few, is what makes it possible for us to put on an event which has been compared to the inland version of the coast’s hugely successful Wine Song.”

Guests enjoyed dinner by the College’s Culinary Arts Management Program and Chefs Nicholas Petti and Amy Valla and faculty member Julia Siderakis. Fine wines were provided by Coro Mendocino and the annual Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition’s award winning wines. Appetizer stations included Patrona, Aquarelle Café & Wine Bar, Saucy, Assaggiare Mendocino, Starchild Chocolate, Oco Time, Schat’s Bakery and Café, Leslie’s Kitchen, Dora’s Gourmet Café and the Wholly Bowl.
Thanks to the event’s generous sponsors, 100% of the proceeds from the evening go to support the Foundation's mission of being a major force in helping students turn their hopes and dreams into realities. “Simply stated, this revenue is used to provide student scholarships, book awards and provide financial support to instructional programs at the college,” stated Charley Myers, Foundation Vice President. 

Highlights of this year’s event included “I Tasted the Butler wine,”a barrel of Bonterra wine from their Butler Ranch vineyard which was sold during the live auction; a fun and lively Wine Pull which sold out fast; the Lucky 7 drawing and the Traeger Wood Pellet Grill and Cold Smoker prize which was donated by ER Energy; and the first ever People’s Choice award competition which allowed guests to vote for their favorite appetizer station. This year’s winner was Saucy and their amazing meatballs.

The live auction included support for students affected by the Valley Fire in Lake County. During the fund a need, auctioneer Abra Annes informed the crowd that a minimum of 10% of the funds pledged would be placed in the student emergency fund at Mendocino College to help students affected by the fire. To date, over $3,000 has been set-aside for the fund. 

Special thanks to our Szanik Sponsor: American Ag Credit. Additional sponsors for this year’s Gala event include Harvest Market; Solid Waste of Willits; Mendo Lake Credit Union; Savings Bank of Mendocino County; Redwood Credit Union; Sutter Lakeside Hospital; Mendocino Community Health Clinic; Ukiah Valley Medical Center; SHN Consulting and Engineers; Carter, Momsen & Knight; Dr. Khoury; Realty World Selzer Realty; Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital; Parker Mortgage & Investment Company; TLCD Architecture; Gary Nix; Keenan & Associates; Willits Furniture Center; Smith Vineyards; and Beckstoffer Vineyards. The media sponsor for the event was KWNE 94.5/MAX 93.5, appetizer hour wine sponsor was CORO Mendocino, dinner wine sponsor was the Mendocino County Fair’s Annual Wine Competition, champagne sponsor was Vintage Wine Estates, bread sponsor was Doug Browe, program sponsor Morgan Stanley and the fish sponsor was Caito Fisheries. 

For more information about the Gala, or to donate towards any of the Mendocino College Foundation funded programs, email or call 707-467-1018. Alternately, you can

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