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Pasadena City College Foundation’s May 16 Scholarship Fundraiser

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PCC. - Photo by Terry Miller

PCC. – Photo by Terry Miller

Event To Feature Computer-Generated 3D Retrospective of PCC’s 90-Year History

The Pasadena City College (PCC) Foundation’s May 16 “PCC Celebrates Student Success” scholarship fundraising gala will commemorate 90 years of PCC history with a dramatic 3D finale combining light, animation and sound.

The gala, which is the foundation’s first scholarship fundraising event, will begin at 6 p.m. on the campus’s East Lawn.

Los Angeles-based PaintScaping, a global industry leader in 3D projection mapping, will combine digital mapping and visual animation technology to merge the real and virtual worlds, transforming the nearly 4,800-square-foot façade of one of PCC’s historical buildings into a “living and moving” part of the 90-year retrospective.

The 3D projection mapping display, believed to be the first in Pasadena, will capture five generations of PCC history:

– PCC: From just a dream to one of California’s top-ranked community colleges;

– From earthquakes and the campus tent city to returning WWII GIs and the Tournament of Roses Honor Band; and

– A legacy of student achievement: Clive Cussler, Jackie Robinson, John Singleton, Nick Nolte, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, Kenny Loggins, Kim Carnes, David Lee Roth and others.

“Pasadena City College is a continuing Southern California success story,” said Bobbi Abram, PCC Foundation executive director. “3D technology will help us tell that story in one of the most dramatic and visually-engaging ways possible and showcase the tremendous contributions PCC and its alumni have made to our communities during the past 90 years.”

Philippe Bergeron, PaintScaping president and CEO, said “PCC has a living history and many of the people who will see this production either experienced it firsthand or had a family member who did. That challenged us to find a way to bridge the present and the past while balancing the personal with the historical. The transformation we’ve designed for one of the college’s older buildings will provide a perfect canvas for visually painting that story.”

The May 16 gala is PaintScaping’s first project commissioned by a community college foundation.

The visual display requires eight weeks for design, development and animation by a staff of seven visual artists. During the event, a three-person technical crew will handle the network of computers, projectors, and sound and stage equipment needed for the nearly four-minute-long production.

“PCC Celebrates Student Success” to date has raised net proceeds of more than $950,000 for scholarships to PCC students. Proceeds will enable the foundation to increase its annual scholarship giving to more than $850,000, up from the more than $650,000 in scholarships it now awards to PCC students every year.

During the event, Bill and Brenda Galloway, the Boone-Fetter Family and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses will be recognized for their support of the college and foundation.

Pasadena Area Community College District trustee Bill Thomson and his wife, Carol, are event chairs and noted Southern California philanthropist Alyce de Roulet Williamson is co-chair.

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

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