The scholarship fundraiser includes alumni & friends of the year awards
Three people will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to Mt. San Jacinto College and the surrounding communities during the Feb. 12 MSJC Foundation Gala.
Russell “Butch” Murphy, Roger Ziemer and Daryl Wilkes will receive the 2011 Alumni & Friends awards during the 3rd annual MSJC Foundation’s An Evening With Our Stars gala.
The gala is the Foundation’s signature event to raise money for student scholarships and other endeavors that benefit students and Mt. San Jacinto College. It is open to the public.
This year’s theme is a Rainforest Rendezvous. It includes a fine meal, dancing and entertainment by MSJC students who compete for scholarships. Guests can also view live animals indigenous to the rainforest and bid on silent auction items.
Mr. Murphy, a member of the Pechanga Tribal Council, earned an associate’s degree at MSJC and one of the college’s football heroes. He received an All-American honors in football. He went on to earn bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential. Over the years, he has supported education in the region. For more information on Mr. Murphy, visit http://www.pechanga-nsn.gov/page?pageId=129
Mr. Ziemer, recently retired public affairs representative from the Southern California Gas Company, has secured thousands of dollars worth of scholarships for MSJC students from Sempra Energy; has frequently guest-lectured in business classes at MSJC and local high schools; participated in MSJC events; and has advocated for legislation that has been positive for the college.
Mr. Wilkes, who holds an associate’s degree from MSJC, is the Facilities Supervisor on the San Jacinto Campus. Wilkes exemplifies the phrase “above and beyond.” This dedicated MSJC employee volunteers his time at college events, arrives day or night when a facilities issue needs to be resolved and makes sure things are running smoothly on the college’s San Jacinto Campus. He does this all with a friendly smile on his face.
In addition to the awards, six Mt. San Jacinto College students will perform to compete for a $1,000, $500 or $250 scholarships during the gala.
The students were selected by a group of peers, faculty and staff members during a college-wide audition process. The students are:
· Zaneta Tiggett, Hemet - vocalist
· Sarah Fegel, Hemet – pianist /vocal
· Matthew Avina, Hemet – Guitar/vocal
· Wilson Hong, Temecula - Dancer
· Ali Tousi, Menifee – Classically trained pianist
· Carey Pickford, Temecula – Juggler
This black tie optional event begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.
Tickets and sponsorship packages are available now. For more information, visit www.msjc.edu/foundation or call 951-487-3171.