MSJC Foundation 4th annual Gala honors students and community members

 February 15, 2012

The Feb. 11 event at Pechanga Resort and Casino was a sold-out event

Three students earned scholarships and community members were recognized for their support during  the Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation’s 4th annual Gala.

An Evening With Our Stars, held Feb. 11, 2012 at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, was a sold-out event. It is the MSJC Foundation’s signature event to raise funds for student scholarships, faculty mini grants and other philanthropic endeavors that support the college and its students. The Gala sold 327 tickets, exceeding the 250 expected.

Guests at the annual gala dined on a delicious meal, enjoyed the music and danced to MSJC’s Menifee Jazz Ensemble and DJ Bob Bozonelos and bid on silent auction items to help raise scholarship funds for students. With the theme Beyond Imagination, A Celebration of the Visual Arts, the gala featured the artwork of many talented MSJC students spanning the disciplines from digital photography to sculpture.

Five students were selected as finalists in a student art competition and the audience helped choose three of them in the People’s Choice Awards to earn scholarships. Special guest judge Stacey Wexler, adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Art and Architecture at Los Angeles City College, judged the students work for a separate Visual Arts Award and gave them first, second and third place awards and honorable mentions. The students were:

Adrian Padlan – charcoal drawing  “Grandpa” – first place People’s Choice; $1,000 scholarship; first place Visual Arts Award
Joe Posadas – sculpture “Rusted – second place People’s Choice; $500 scholarship; second place Visual Arts Award
John Lynn – sculpture “Fast Food Junkie” – third place People’s Choice; $250 scholarship; Visual Arts Award Honorable Mention
Devin Lassey – Photography --  third place Visual Arts Award
Rachel Hatfield – untitled painting – Visual Arts Award Honorable Mention

The two honorable mention participants received gift cards to the MSJC Bookstore.

In addition, the Alumni & Friends Awards recognized the following individuals:
Rose Salgado, vice chairwoman on the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Tribal Council, Community Member of the Year award
Duane Burk, the city of Banning’s director of Public Works, Alumni of the Year award 
Ron Guglielmana, MSJC cafeterias supervisor, Staff Member of the Year award
Erik Ozolins, faculty member, inaugural Faculty Member of the Year award

The offices of Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone, the city of Banning, the city of San Jacinto, Senator Bill Emmerson and Assemblyman Paul Cook provided proclamations to the five student finalists and the Alumni & Friends honorees.   MSJC Superintendent/President Dr. Roger Schultz presented Foundation President Mary Lucas with a  proclamation from Assemblyman Brian Nestande recognizing the Foundation on its 4th Annual Gala.




A special thanks goes to the event Sponsors:
Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians
Pechanga Resort and Casino
Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
Zampi, Determan & Erickson LLP
C.W. Driver
RBC Capital Markets
Francis Domenigoni Family Trust