The Butte College Foundation Spring Gala will honor outstanding alumni during an elegant evening of food and entertainment on Saturday, March 23 at the Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E.20th Street, beginning at 6 p.m.
Tickets for the annual fundraising event are $100 each and include dinner, a silent and live auction. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 25 Years of Giving the Gift of Education.”
“The College will recognize four outstanding alumni who have truly demonstrated excellence in community service and/or their professional areas of expertise,” said Dr. Kimberly Perry, Butte College president. “Most people don’t realize there are over 500,000 alumni touching lives not only in our community, but also statewide, nationally and even internationally. Additionally, this event is the main fundraising event for the Butte College Foundation which will support student scholarships and athletics programs.”
The four Butte College outstanding alumni selected this year include Kelly Candaele, writer and filmmaker; Teri Dougherty, platform artist/hair designer; Stephen Gonsalves, principal architect, Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto Architects and Engineers; and Larry Jones, Glenn County Sheriff.
Kelly Candaele, Award-winning Writer and Filmmaker
Alumnus Kelly Candaele is an accomplished writer and filmmaker. He has written extensively for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, The Nation magazine, and National Public Radio. As a journalist, Candaele accompanied President Clinton on three trips to Northern Ireland. He has produced a number of award-winning documentaries, including “A League of Their Own,” about his mother’s experience as a professional baseball player in the All American Girl’s Professional Baseball League and he wrote the story for the feature film, “A League of Their Own,” starring Tom Hanks and Geena Davis. In addition, Candaele has produced several award-winning films on the life of assassinated Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, and another on Harry Wu, Chinese human rights activist. Candaele has lectured at colleges and universities and has served as a trustee for the Los Angeles Community College District since 1996.
Steve Gonsalves, Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto Architects, Principal
Alumnus Steve Gonsalves joined Nichols, Melburg & Rossetto in 1988 as Manager and Director of the Structural Engineering Division. He later became principal-in-charge of the Chico office, which has doubled in size. A licensed architect and structural engineer, Steve has managed award-winning projects including the Sierra Nevada Brewery; Shasta Regional Medical Center parking structure; and 555 Main Street mixed use building, among others. Gonsalves has a demonstrated commitment to community service serving as Chairman of the Board of Innovate North State, past President of Chico Rotary and Chair of the CSU, Chico College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Construction Management Advisory Group. Some of his projects include the Sierra Nevada Brewery, Shasta Regional Medical Center Parking Structure, and various projects at SCU, Chico. Steve’s community involvement has earned him honors such as Chico’s Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year and Distinguished Alumnus for the CSU, Chico College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology department.
Teri Dougherty- Award Winning Stylist
Teri Dougherty is an alumna of the Butte College Cosmetology Program. She has designed hair for international fashion runways, television and film. She is an award-winning platform artist, freelance hair designer, creative director, and editorial consultant. Teaching in over 20 countries and throughout the US, Teri is sought out by stylists across the country for her innovative education and cutting-edge design. She is one of the most highly requested and well-traveled stylists and educators in the world. Teri created the website Hairconcepts.com. and brings her expertise in teaching hairdressing and styling to professional hairdressers. In addition, each year she releases her own theme based collection of new looks that she has spent the previous year developing, both in theory and in practice. She was named "One of the Top 75 Educators of the 20th Century" by Modern Salon Magazine.
Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones
Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones grew up in Glenn County and attended Butte College majoring in administration of justice. Prior to graduation he transferred to CSU, Chico where he completed his bachelor’s degree. With over 30 years of experience in law enforcement, Sheriff Jones is recognized throughout the public safety industry in California. With insufficient funds to provide his community with the level of services he believed they deserved, he not only conducts all the administrative work—which is more than a full time job, but he also fills in by working patrol shirts too. Sheriff Jones is one of the few, if not only, sheriff’s routinely doing so.
“We have some exciting new changes planned this year besides moving the event to a new venue at the Sierra Nevada Big Room, and adding a wider variety of auction items this year, along with a dessert auction. This event relies on community support to provide student scholarships and athletics and we’re thankful for those businesses who are sponsoring this event,” said Julie Boss, Butte College Foundation Spring Gala Co-Chair.
Sponsorships are still available for the event. The event’s major contributor this year is the Steve Harrison and Linda Zorn Foundation. For sponsorship or ticket information, 530-895-2359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.