Chefs for Scholarships – a Tribute to Veterans


The 2013 Chefs for Scholarships was a Recipe for a Successful Event

Delicious food, fine wine, and incredible desserts were on the menu at the Golden West College Patrons 8th Annual Chefs for Scholarships event on Sunday, September 15th.

This popular community event has become the unofficial start of the Fall semester and the beautiful Golden West College campus was the perfect setting for an enjoyable afternoon with friends and family. Chefs from outstanding eateries, wineries and breweries served everything from soup to desserts (along with outstanding wines and beer!).


Gena Merrigan with John McGovern, donor of Maui condo

Guests bid on fantastic silent auction offerings, and tried their luck on a wide variety of raffle prizes. The grand prize was a six night, seven day trip to Maui, won by Gena Merrigan. The package includes a stay in a private, ocean view condo, donated by John McGovern and a $1,200 travel voucher, donated by Go With Jo Travel and Jersey Mike’s.  Aloha Gena!

GWC’s own David Day entertained the guests on the keyboard, singing popular songs with his amazing voice. The kids enjoyed the Games 2U truck, a clown, and arts & crafts station. SafteyNET also provided children’s fingerprinting and DNA collection.

The 2013 Chefs for Scholarships was a Tribute to Veterans. This year’s fundraiser surpassed the Patron’s expectations thanks to the generosity of the sponsors & donors, participants, guests, and volunteers. The increase in revenue will allow the Patrons to fund five additional scholarships bringing the total from 23 to 28. All five new scholarships will be Veterans Scholarships.

Cindy Kaufinger, Golden Chef Recipient

Cindy Kaufinger, 2013 Golden Chef Recipient

Golden Chef Award

Patrons President Jo Andrews presented the Golden Chef Award to Cindy Kaufinger. This award was established to honor a former GWC student who is continuing their studies at a 4-year college or university and has engaged in  philanthropic efforts in support of students at Golden West College. Congratulations Cindy!

The Golden West College Patrons are celebrating 40 years of service to the college and wish to thank everyone who helped to make this a successful and delicious event!

View the 2013 Chefs for Scholarships Photo Gallery