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Spring Gala Set for March 12

Spring Gala Set for March 12

Spring Gala March 12, 2016


Spring Gala Honors Two Outstanding Alumni of the Year

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Butte College's largest fundraising event, the Butte College Spring Gala, will honor two outstanding alumni of the year on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Sierra Nevada Big Room, 1075 E. 20th Street in Chico, beginning at 6 p.m.

The two outstanding alumni of the year include Arnoldo Avalos, businessman and founder of the Avalos Foundation, and Kory Honea, Butte County Sheriff.

Arnoldo Avalos

Armoldo AvalosArnoldo Avalos is the youngest of seven children who worked as migrant farm workers across the Northwest while growing up. Growing up in Gridley, Avalos attended Butte College from 1986-1991 while enrolled at Gridley High School, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a Master's Degree from Harvard University. Avalos enjoyed a successful career in management, working for companies such as Cisco Systems, Google, and Facebook. In 2013 he co-founded the Avalos Foundation with his wife. The private foundation aims to provide scholarships and mentorship to students from the upper Sacramento Valley who lack the resources to succeed. Arnoldo is also a member of the Latino Community Foundation Board of Trustees and a founding member of Hermanos Unidos in 1989. In 2014, he was appointed to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors by Governor Jerry Brown, where he helps oversee 113 community colleges.


Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea

Kory HoneaStudent athlete and honors student, Kory Honea received his law enforcement training in the 81st Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Butte College and earned his AA Degree in Social Science in 1991. He joined the Butte County Sheriff's Office in 1993 when he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff. Climbing the ranks, Sheriff Kory Honea became the 31st Sheriff of Butte County in 2014. Honea also holds a Juris Doctorate from Taft School of Law and is a member of the State Bar of California.

The event is hosted by the Butte College Foundation and benefits scholarships, athletics, and Foundation endeavors that benefit Butte College and its students. The evening includes dinner, a silent auction, dessert auction, and live auction. Tickets are $100 each.

"Butte College has provided an educational experience for over 500,000 alumni. This event not only recognizes two outstanding alumni but also supports the efforts of the Foundation to serve 13,000 students a semester with scholarships and services, in addition to raising funds for our athletics program," said Samia Yaqub, Interim Butte College President.

The event's title sponsors include Tri Counties Bank and the Steve Harrison & Linda Zorn Endowment; Diamond Sponsors JE McAmis, Inc., and KHSL/KNVN Stations, and Gold Sponsors Esplanade Furniture, Hupp Signs & Lighting and Hupp Draft Services, Payden & Rygel, Recology, and more.

For sponsorship information, auction item donations, or ticket information, please call 530-895-2359 or email


The Butte College Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization which raises funds to support the needs and mission of Butte College. In addition to awarding and distributing scholarships each year, the Foundation provides services on campus to support 13,000 students each semester. Created in 1987, the Butte College Foundation relies on community donations. The Butte College Foundation can provide assistance to donors interested in leaving a lasting legacy through planned giving and/or scholarships in memory of a loved one. Visit or call 895-2511 for more information.

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