BARONA RESORT – More than 300 supporters of the Grossmont College Foundation gathered at the Barona Resort Convention Center Saturday night and raised more than $100,000 to support scholarships and programs at the college.
Civic and education leaders were among the guests, including much of the leadership of the Community College District as well as local political leaders. La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid and Grossmont President Sunita V. Cooke attended. City Councilman Ernie Ewin, who is also executive director of the Grossmont Foundation, served as master of ceremonies.
The emotional highlight of the evening came during the live auction when young student Beronica Obney told of her journey, helped by the Grossmont College, from foster care toward a university degree. Her speech was followed by a scholarship pledge session which included Dr. and Mrs. Howard Dittrich agreeing to match audience pledges to fund $13,500 Osher Scholarships which each will assure the foundation’s ability to support a student's education in perpetuity. The evening resulted in two and a half new Osher perpetual scholarships being fully funded.
The evening ended with performances from alums of Grossmont’s performing arts program.