What do you do to raise $250,000 in this belt-tightening era of budget cuts to education? That’s the challenge facing the Glendale Community College Foundation as members plan the college’s upcoming 85th Anniversary Celebration. A kickoff breakfast on Thursday began the process. The Oakmont Country Club, in the middle of sprucing up its Terrace Grill, was the setting for the breakfast.
College Supt./President Dawn Lindsay and Foundation President Ellyn Semler welcomed about 50 members who sat down to overflowing plates of scrambled eggs, bacon and baskets of sweet rolls. But food wasn’t in mind as members contributed fundraising ideas and names of people and corporations to honor — all of which will culminate in a fall Gala.
College Board of Trustees members were out in force. President Anita Quinonez Gabrielian was joined by Armine Hacopian, Tony Tartaglia, Vahe Peroomian and Ann Ransford.
Another key member of the team was Pat Crouch, chair of the 85th Anniversary Celebration. According to foundation Executive Director Lisa Brooks, “Pat knows everyone,” which is considered a key to fundraising.