Golden West College Foundation’s Dancing for the Stars Fundraiser Dazzles Guests and Nets $100,000.
Five couples danced up a storm in Golden West College Foundation’s Dancing for the Stars fundraiser on Saturday, April 5 at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach. Now in its 17th year, organizers estimate net proceeds at $100,000 to provide student scholarships and other vital student programs and services on campus.
The evening began with a champagne reception and an expansive silent auction including a wine wheel where attendees could pay $20 for a spin and win various grades of wine. South Coast Winery provided complimentary wine by the glass.
Once inside the ballroom, guests were treated to a dancing exhibition with live music provided by Flattop Tom & His Jump Cats. Golden West College Foundation president Wes Bryan and event co-chairs Davina Samuel, VP of Union Bank and Kevin Macauley, owner, Salon Canvas welcomed guests and recognized dignitaries Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Senator Lou Correa, Assemblyman Travis Allen and several Golden West College students in attendance.
After dinner, the evening came alive with the non-competitive dancing exhibition which included Golden West College’s 2014 Homecoming Queen and King Jessica Bravo and Roman Osorno; Debbie Stocker of Shinoda Design Center and professional dancer Ed Van Ornum; Union Bank VP Tito Ibarrola and Brenda Palacios; former Huntington Beach mayor Shirley Detloff and her husband Bob Detloff with the Coastal Commission and Huntington Beach City Councilman Joe Carchio dancing with his fiancé, Judith.
Judges included Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper, Golden West alumni and Emmy producer/director Justin Krumb and Golden West College chair of Theatre Arts & Dance Marti Ramm Engle.
Judy Elmore, chair of Golden West College Foundation board of directors is a longtime supporter of the foundation. Elmore Toyota, the event’s title sponsor since 2000, donated a 2014 Scion FR-S won by Joyce Yokoyama.
Beautiful fresh floral arrangements designed by Golden West College Floral Design students were featured throughout the venue.
For more information about the fundraiser, call 714.895.8316 or visit www.gwcgala.com.
About Golden West College Foundation:
The Golden West College Foundation was organized in 1985 to solicit and manage gifts to benefit the college and its students. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting the College’s mission of providing comprehensive academic opportunities to the community for lifelong learning. Since 1985, The Foundation has processed over $6,400,000 in scholarships to Golden West College students.
For more information, visit www.goldenwestcollege.edu/foundation