Photo provided by Crafton Hills College. Pictured: Darren Deiss, Michelle Riggs, Amy Minjares, Scott Ward, Lillian Vasquez

On Thursday, May 6, the Crafton Hills College Foundation in partnership with KVCR studios produced a live, interactive virtual gala to raise funds to support the College’s students and programs.

The event, hosted by Scott Ward and Amy Minjares, incorporated pre-recorded video stories of students, faculty, and staff demonstrating how Foundation funds benefit students and the college. 
“Every dollar counts,” said Michelle Riggs, the executive director for the Foundation. “The funds raised through this event will provide annual scholarships, support for career training and transfer programs, and direct support for students for tuition, transfer application fees, and support for our Veteran’s Resource Center.”
Supporters were invited to participate in the Sponsor-A-Student opportunity drawing, where each donation entered them into a drawing to win prizes including a Memorial Day weekend getaway at a golf resort in Arizona, an overnight stay at Casino Morongo, six months of artisan gelato delivery from Happy Camper Creamery, and more. 
College President Dr. Kevin Horan invited the 128 attendees to join the College’s President’s Circle with a minimum donation of $1,000, and supporters answered that call with seven new members pledging their support during the one-hour event.
“President’s Circle funds provide flexibility to support the students and programs where the greatest needs might be,” President Horan explained. “Recently, these funds have helped us launch an award-winning Honors Institute, open a new STEM Center, distribute over $175,000 in scholarships annually, and provide much-needed emergency funds to students for textbooks, food, housing, childcare, and transportation.”
Donations can still be made to Sponsor-A-Student at
The event was sponsored by KVCR, DLR Group, SoCal Gas, AECOM, Bill & Gloria Harrison, OmniTrans, P2S, Champion Electric, Kitchell, 19/six, Westgroup Designs, Hampton Tedder, Epic Engineers, IECF, Snipes Dye, Keenan, Beaver Medical Group, Barich, Merrill Lynch, SchoolsFirst, Bank of SoCal, Dr. Cheryl Marshall, Solis Group, CASC Engineering, Omega Environmental, Payroll Vault, SBC Superintendent, June Yamamoto, Brian Kwong, Terry Vines, Chloe de Los Reyes, Roger Mateo, and Scott Ward.

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