Mt. San Jacinto

The Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) Foundation will host its 11th Annual Gala to benefit MSJC students at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula.

This year’s Gala will feature a “James Bond” theme, a short and fun Bond-inspired MSJC Foundation film, and will honor six very deserving individuals, companies and organizations in the community:

· Eagle Excellence: Micah Orloff, an MSJC alumnus who has worked at the college in various roles over the past 20 years and is now the Dean of Academic Computing, Technology, & ​Distance Education.

· Eagle Excellence: Julie Venable, an MSJC alumnus who worked at MSJC for 25 years, recently retiring as the Dean of Administrative Services/Controller who oversaw the college district’s budget, accounting and payroll operations.

· Outstanding Alumni: Craig Davis, an MSJC alumnus who launched a full-service Farmers Insurance Agency that for more than 30 years has served customers in the cities of Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta and Temecula.

· Outstanding Community Group: San Jacinto Valley Women's Conference, a nonprofit that has held a successful annual women’s conference in the region since 2012 and awards scholarships to many local women, including MSJC students.

· Outstanding Community Business: CR&R Environmental Services, a longtime MSJC Foundation Gala supporter that is one of Southern California’s most innovative and successful waste and recycling collection companies.

· Outstanding Corporate Partner: Balfour Beatty Construction, which is among the MSJC Foundation’s esteemed Champions of Tomorrow and has built many award-winning, state-of-the-art facilities throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties at colleges such as MSJC.

​​​​Tickets are still available for the Gala. Those interested should visit https://www.msjc.edu/FoundationandGiving to learn more about the Foundation and purchase tickets while they’re still available.

The Gala is the MSJC Foundation’s signature event to raise funds for student scholarships, mini-grants for faculty and classified staff, and other philanthropic endeavors. 

The MSJC Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501 (c) 3 corporation whose primary purpose is to provide MSJC financial support from the private and public. Founded in 1983, the Foundation Board is comprised of community leaders who volunteer to work with college staff to support MSJC’s specific needs both now and in the future.

The Foundation has awarded more than $3.5 million in scholarships and other support services, and manages endowments and other assets of over $3.5 million. Endowment funds raised and managed by the Foundation will provide educational dividends for generations. Endowments support scholarships, textbooks and supplies, classroom needs and equipment.

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