COLLEGE THEATRE STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY RAISE MONEY FOR TRIP TO AMERICAN COLLEGE THEATRE FESTIVAL IN COLORADO. Thank you so much to all of the amazing people who helped make Mendocino College’s first annual Tri-Tip Fundraiser a giant success. Thanks to the generous support of the local community, the Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department will be able to bring its fall 2019 production of Jody Gehrman’s play Wild Fire to the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Ft. Collins Colorado February 16-22, 2020. The play was one of just three college productions selected from over 30 entries from the Northwest KCACTF region which includes Northern California, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho and Hawaii. In addition, the fundraiser will allow the college to bring students who will be participating as Irene Ryan Scholarship Program nominees to the weeklong festival. In all, 16 students will be participating in the festival trip.
Tri Tip participants raved about the delicious meat from Forks Ranch Market prepared to perfection by event volunteers Bruce Smith and Matt Hilton. The fundraising effort was led by parent volunteer Shawnée Laiwa McKay whose son Dakota, an acting student in the college theatre department, will be travelling to Colorado both as an actor in Wild Fire and as an Irene Ryan nominee. Theatre Director Reid Edelman would also like to thank all the amazing volunteers who helped make the event a success. Theatre Affiliate board member and tireless volunteer Linda Chapman was always there every step of the way, whether seeking donations from local businesses or helping set up and pack meals! Thank you to college graphic designer Tony Novelli who managed the events graphics and marketing. Chef Nicholas Petti of the college’s Culinary Arts Program welcomed the event into his kitchen facilities and baked 1000 potatoes while also serving all of the event staff freshly-made pasta for lunch! College Foundation director Katie Fairbairn guided the entire effort and provided her expertise in getting the whole community behind this event. Theatre Technical Director and faculty member Steve Decker & maintenance technician Sal Delgado perfectly managed the traffic & safety. So many other wonderful volunteers assisted as well Kathy Katz, Deborah Edelman, Dave Wolf, Jody Gehrman, and MacAdam Lojowski. Special thanks goes to college faculty member Jim Xerogeanes and his team for welcoming the event into their Agriculture Dept. area, and to all the maintenance & operations staff, to all the wonderful students who volunteered, and to all who supported the Mendocino College Theatre Arts Program by buying tickets.
Events like this wouldn’t be possible without the support of our local businesses. A heartfelt thank you to all of the local businesses who generously donated food and supplies for the event: Forks Ranch Market, Coyote Valley Casino, Raley’s, Slam Dunk Pizza, Crush Restaurant, The Broiler Steakhouse, Costco, Lucky, and Safeway. Thanks to major sponsors Johnny & Gloria Keyes whose support of the Phoenix Project allowed the play to happen in the first place and whose generosity will also help fund the travel expenses.
Thanks to the inspiring generosity & support of our community, the Mendocino College Theatre Arts Department is going to Colorado to the American College Theatre Festival!!! Bravo!!!! For more information about the Mendocino College Theatre Arts program, please contact Reid Edelman at 468-3172.