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Pasadena City College Foundation to Hold First Scholarship Gala May 16

by Pasadena Independent
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-Photo by Terry Miller

-Photo by Terry Miller

The Pasadena City College (PCC) Foundation announced that its first scholarship fundraiser – “PCC Celebrates Student Success” gala to be held May 16 – to date has raised net proceeds of more than $950,000 for scholarships to PCC students.

The event, which will commemorate 90 years of academic achievement at PCC, will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, on the college’s campus. Chairing the gala are Pasadena Area Community College District trustee Bill Thomson and his wife, Carol, and noted Southern California philanthropist Alyce de Roulet Williamson, co-chair.

Proceeds from the gala will enable the PCC Foundation to award more than 200 additional scholarships every year, increasing the number of annual scholarships by nearly one-third to 850.

“When it comes to earning a college degree, the lack of financial aid can be a deal-breaker for students and their families,” said John Gregory, president of the PCC Foundation board of directors. “The scholarship funds we are raising will help make a college education possible for the nearly 70 percent of PCC’s 25,000 students who need financial aid.”

Every year, PCC students face a shortfall of more than $50 million in financial aid – even with assistance from Pell grants, college district tuition waivers, and work study and student loan programs. The full cost of attendance includes not only tuition but books, supplies, food, housing, transportation and, in some cases, child care.

The gala will feature what is believed to be Pasadena’s first large-scale 3D projection mapping display. Using digital mapping and visual animation technology, Paintscaping, a world leader in the industry, will merge the real and virtual worlds, transforming the architecture of one of PCC’s historical buildings into a three-dimensional light show celebrating the college’s past, present and future.

For tickets and event information, call (626) 585-7065 or visit http://www.pasadena.edu/pcccelebrates.

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