Gala raises $300,000 for student scholarships

05.29.2014 | By Amanda L. Booren

PASADENA, Texas – The San Jacinto College “Building a Brighter Future” gala, held Friday, May 16, 2014, at the San Jacinto College South Campus, raised more than $300,000 in support of student scholarships.

The gala was co-chaired by the Honorable El Franco Lee, Commissioner, Harris County Precinct 1, and his wife Kaye; and the Honorable Jack Morman, Commissioner, Harris County Precinct 2, and his wife, Andi. The event raised money to help build the endowment for the Promise for Their Future scholarship fund. Radio DJ Al Farb served as the night’s emcee, which featured live music from the Eclipse Band & Orchestra, as well as a live auction and prize drawing.

“I sincerely thank all of the donors, sponsors, and volunteers who made the night such a huge success,” said San Jacinto College Foundation Executive Director Ruth Keenan. “We empower students to achieve their goals, and the generosity of everyone who attended our gala will help us provide scholarships to more deserving San Jacinto College students for years to come.”

The gala honored Rose and John Moon, Sr., longtime supporters of San Jacinto College, with the first-ever San Jacinto College Foundation Legacy Award in appreciation of their continued support of student success through scholarships. Through their efforts, Mr. and Mrs. Moon, Sr., have helped to promote student success by assisting San Jacinto College students in their efforts to achieve their educational goals. Their son, Mr. John Moon, Jr., a member of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees, presented them with the award.


About the San Jacinto College Foundation
The San Jacinto College Foundation, a nonprofit organization, is dedicated to enhancing the level of student achievement and excellence at San Jacinto College. Our purpose is to receive gifts, bequests, and donations, and to raise private funds to benefit the people of East Harris County, Texas. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. For more information about the Foundation, or to make a donation, please visit, or call 281-998-6104.


About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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