Publish Date: Tue, 18 May 2021 12:13:50 -0700

Virtual Event to Benefit Crafton Students

Countless Crafton Hills College students have had their financial barriers lifted, allowing them to become successful scholars and productive members of society -- all thanks to generous donations to the College’s foundation. The foundation is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year live on YouTube, Thursday, May 6 from 4-5 p.m.

The “Light the Way” virtual gala will add funding for the Crafton Hills College Foundation, with 100 percent of proceeds supporting students and programs at the College. The event will be held virtually this year to allow for an unlimited number of guests while ensuring all attendees’ safety from COVID-19 exposure. Event organizers request that those who wish to participate in the free event pre- register on the gala website (craftonhills. edu/gala).

CHC President Dr. Kevin Horan said the donations from the annual event have a genuine impact on many students, helping them pursue their educational and career goals.

“I am inspired every day by the intelligence, tenacity and commitment of CHC’s students,” said Horan. “This year has been extremely challenging, and thanks to the support of our alumni and donors, we have been able to assist and empower students. Donations to the foundation have allowed us to provide emergency assistance, textbooks, tuition, help with transfer applications and so much more. With continued support, we will expand opportunities for students, grow our economy and strengthen our communities.” Gala organizers are accepting donations and sponsorships for the event, including the opportunity to sponsor a student. All those who participate will be entered into a drawing with prizes, including a Memorial Day weekend getaway at an Arizona golf resort and an overnight stay at Casino Morongo.

Director of Institutional Advancement Michelle Riggs said this gala provides the College with a unique opportunity to invite an unlimited number of CHC alumni, current students, faculty and staff, community partners and others.

“This past year is a testament to how our community of friends and alumni have come together for the greater good,” Riggs said. “The Crafton Hills College gala is our biggest fundraising event of the year, and while we are unable to gather n person, we look forward to celebrating virtually with the people and partners that make a difference in the lives of Crafton’s students.”

The “Light the Way” Gala is sponsored by DLR Group, KVCR, SoCalGas, AECOM, P2S Inc, Champion Electric, Kitchell, OmniTrans, Hampton Tedder Electric, Nineteen Six Architects, Westgroup Designs, Epic Engineers, Keenan & Associates, Inland Empire Community Foundation, Snipes-Dye Assoc., Beaver Medical Group, Barich and Associates, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union, Bank of Southern California, Dr. Cheryl Marshall, CASC, the Solis Group, Omega Environmental, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Payroll Vault, and June Yamamoto, Brian Kwong, and Terry Vines.

For more information visit craftonhills. edu/gala.