MSJC Foundation's 2nd annual gala a hit

About 300 people gathered on Feb. 6, 2010 to watch student performances, bid on silent auction items, dine on delicious foods and dance the night away at the sold-out Mt. San Jacinto College Foundation An Evening With Our Stars gala held at Wilson Creek Winery in Temecula.

The annual gala 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 2nd annual gala included an elegant dinner, a student performance competition, Alumni & Friends Awards ceremony and entertainment by Splash!, a high-energy dance and vocal ensemble. The silent auction included art and entertainment packages.

Winners of the Student Performance Competition received scholarships. The panel of judges – “Glee” star Jennifer Aspen; Gerry and Rosie Wilson, owners of Wilson Creek Winery; Bob Madden, KATY 101.3 FM host; Regina Stone, wife of Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone; and Corrine Garbani, Pechanga Tribal Council member – selected the winners.

Student performers were:

  • Selvana Elwardany – First place, $1,000 scholarship
  • Joey Hambrick – Second place, $500 scholarship
  • Ashley Wetherill – Third place, $250 scholarship
  • Sharon Snowden – a $50 gift certificate courtesy of the MSJC Bookstore
  • Evan Rayner - a $50 gift certificate courtesy of the MSJC Bookstore
  • Karen Baldwin – a $50 gift certificate courtesy of the MSJC Bookstore

Alumni & Friends Association Awards went to:

  • Kathy Donnell, Executive Assistant to the MSJC Superintendent/President, for Outstanding Staff Member of the Year.
  • Kay Ceniceros, former Riverside County Supervisor and former Dean of Institutional Advancement/Executive Director of the Foundation, for Outstanding Community Volunteer for the Year.
  • John Norman, former MSJC student and current MSJC faculty member, for Outstanding Alumni of the Year.

Mt. San Jacinto College and the MSJC Foundation wish to thank all of those who attended the event and appreciate the support you give the students and the college.

A special thanks goes to the event Sponsors:

  • The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians
  • The Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
  • Francis Domenigoni Family Trust
  • Higginson + Cartozian Architects, Inc.
  • Zampi, Determan & Erickson LLP
  • Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
  • Golden Era Golf Course
  • Golden Era Productions
  • Miller-Jones Mortuary and Cemetery
  • The Bank of Hemet
  • C.W. Driver
  • gkkworks
  • Argi-Empire
  • Waxie Sanitary Supply
  • Valley Health Systems
  • Hemet Escrow
  • Brad Craft, Image Source
  • Inland Empire Magazine
  • Southwest Riverside News Network
  • Valerie Tichy-Drummer, State Farm
  • Menifee Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Ronna Kadow, Banning Chamber of Commerce
  • Hemet-San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce
  • Lori VanArsdale
  • Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone
  • Stadium Pizza

The 3rd annual MSJC Foundation Evening With Our Stars gala is scheduled for Feb. 12, 2011. For more information on the MSJC Foundation, go to or call 951-487-3170.