Butte College Foundation Spring Gala
Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.
Sierra Nevada Big Room


Butte College's largest fundraising event, the Butte College Spring Gala, is just around the corner! We will be raising scholarship and athletic funds for our students, as well as honor two outstanding alumni of the year on Saturday, March 15, 2014, in the Sierra Nevada Big Room beginning at 6 p.m. The evening is full of activities, and will include dinner, a silent auction, a live auction, a dessert auction, a raffle drawing for "Dinner of Two" for a year, music, and more. This year's theme, "Start here...Go anywhere!" will be emceed by Dick Stein, with auctioneer Bill Olney presenting the auction items.

Since 1968, Butte College has served over 500,000 alumni and helped students find their career pathways. The Gala will recognize two outstanding alumni who have demonstrated excellence in their professional areas of expertise. It's exciting to note many of our alumni are touching lives not only in our communities in Butte and Glenn Counties, but also statewide, nationally, and internationally. When our students succeed, it benefits our communities.

Some of the Live Auction items to bid on will include a Disneyland trip for four (with airline tickets, food vouchers, and choice of hotel), a houseboat trip on Lake Oroville, a house makeover, a three day South Lake Tahoe penthouse stay for eight beginning October 24, a three day wine country romantic Yountville getaway with a personalized tour of the Robert Mondavi Winery, a chance to become a Butte College football coach for a day, a University of California, Berkeley football trip hosted by Butte College Athletics Director Craig Rigsbee, and more!

The Silent Auction will include over 50 great items to bid on, including certificates from local businesses, mini sports camps hosted by Butte College coaches, autographed athletic memorabilia, Table Mountain golf with carts, loaded gift baskets, and much more! The dessert auction will feature eight delectable treats from local bakeries including, the Cupcake Crusader, Mims, Tin Roof, Top Tier, Sweet Cottage, Lovely Layers, Upper Crust, and Joy Lyn's Candies.

The two Butte College outstanding alumni selected this year include Mary Mooney of Mooney Farms, and John E. McAmis of J.E. McAmis, Inc.

Butte CMooneyollege alumna and entrepreneur Mary Mooney attended Butte College from 1982-1984 and transferred to earn her bachelor's degree from Chico State. Mooney Farms, founded in 1987, was a family-owned kiwi farming operation and Mary was instrumental in growing the business with her sales and marketing expertise. Today, Mooney Farms is home to 50 full time employees, processes 10 million pounds of sun-dried tomatoes annually, and ships product around the world. The Chico-based, quarter-century-old company has catapulted sun-dried tomatoes into a culinary staple, and produces 75 percent of the sun-dried tomatoes consumed in the nation. From the time Mooney Farms began, Mary performed many of the daily functions of operations and administration. With their move to Chico and large growth, Mary's main focus became sales and marketing, tradeshows, key corporate sales, and expanding international business.

Alumnus John McAmis graduated from Oroville High School in 1964. After enlisting in the California Army National Guard, he transferred to the United States Navy Seabee's for two tours of duty in VMcAmisietnam. Returning to California, John enrolled in Butte College in the fall of 1968 when the campus was in Durham. John served as the College's first Student Body President, and was one of the College's first bus drivers. John later transferred to Colorado State University in Fort Collins for the Construction Management (CM) Program. Upon completion, John moved to Chico with his wife Renee and started their business, J.E. McAmis, Inc. in 1973. After several years of state highway projects, bridge construction and tunnel projects, John then focused on heavy civil marine construction projects. Today, J.E. McAmis, Inc. has successfully completed numerous marine construction projects all across the country, earning recognition awards for safety and innovation in the industry.

The event's title sponsor is Tri Counties Bank, with further sponsorship from BusWest, KHSL and KNVN, PG&E, the Steve Harrison & Linda Zorn Foundation, Payden & Rygel, Adventist Health, Recology, SALUTE! of California, MC squared, Ray Morgan, and so many more who generously donate and contribute to this event and to the Butte College Foundation.

I would like to thank the Foundation Board, the Spring Gala Committee, and especially all of the sponsors and businesses who contribute in order to make this event possible, and assist in the efforts of the Foundation to serve 13,000 students a semester through scholarships, programs, services, and funds for our very successful athletics program.

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Action News anchor Matt Vaughan helping me promote the Spring Gala. Come and have some fun!