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SJC gala celebrates 50 year anniversary, benefits SJC foundation

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50thanniversary bluegold-300Nearly 300 guests are expected to attend the San Jacinto College Foundation 50th Anniversary Gala celebration, co-chaired by Melvin Cowart, David and Marie Flickinger, and John and Rose Moon, Sr., slated for Friday, May 4, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., at Space Center Houston.

The gala will culminate a year of celebrations and activities on each of San Jacinto College's three campuses, as the College community celebrates 50 years of educational excellence in East Harris County. Erik Barajas, KTRK ABC 13 anchor and San Jacinto College alumnus, will emcee the event, which will feature dinner, dancing, and a live and silent auction. All proceeds benefit the San Jacinto College Promise for Their Future scholarship fund to help students pursue degrees and careers in the arts and sciences.

"We are embarking on another 50 years of educational excellence that will open new chapters of helping students achieve their dreams of a college education," said SJC Foundation Executive Director Ruth Keenan. "I invite our community to be a part of that dream by lending its support to our mission of seeking new partnerships and enriching existing ones. These partnerships make dreams come true."

The formal evening attire event is $250 per person, and $500 per couple. Donations for the live and silent auction are also being accepted. Partnerships for the gala are available at the following levels:

• $50,000 Endeavor Underwriter: VIP reception; tickets for special VIP drawing; two premier tables for 20 guests; special gift at the event; name recognition in the program, signage, and press materials; verbal recognition at the event; and recognition on the SJC Foundation website.

• $25,000 Atlantis Underwriter: VIP reception; tickets for special VIP drawing; two prominent tables for 20 guests; special gift at the event; name recognition in the program, signage, and press materials; verbal recognition at the event; recognition on the SJC Foundation website.

• $10,000 Discovery Sponsor: VIP reception; tickets for special VIP drawing; preferred table for 10 guests; special gift at the event; name recognition in the program, signage, and press materials; recognition on the SJC Foundation website; verbal recognition at the event.

• $5,000 Enterprise Sponsor: VIP reception; tickets for special VIP drawing; preferred table for 10 guests; name recognition in program, signage, and press materials; recognition on the SJC Foundation website.

Student Dorothy Lewis, a Promise for Their Future scholarship recipient, said that her scholarship changed the course of her life. In addition to walking several miles to class, she also worked an additional job to provide for her child.

"Scholarships are not a solution for obstacles; they are a lifeline, supporting and allowing students to manage all the other areas of their lives," Lewis said.

The Promise for Their Future scholarship allowed Lewis to serve as an inspiration for others, and a role model for her child. It was also her sole means of achieving an education.

Space Center Houston is located at 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, Texas 77058. For more information, or to purchase your ticket or make a donation, please contact the San Jacinto College Foundation at 281-998-6104.