PASADENA, Texas – Hundreds of guests are expected to attend the San Jacinto College Foundation “Sailing to Success” gala, set for Friday, May 20, 2016, at the Sylvan Beach Pavilion in La Porte, Texas.

This year’s gala, co-chaired by Rear Admiral William and Nancy Pickavance, USN (Ret.) and John and Tookie McMahan, will raise money to complete the endowment for the Promise for Their Future scholarship fund. San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Vice Chairman, Mr. Larry Wilson, will emcee the event, which will feature live music from the Eclipse Band & Orchestra, as well as a live auction and raffle.

The gala will honor Mr. Neil and Eloise West, longtime supporters of San Jacinto College, with the Legacy Award.

“Since opening our doors in 1996, the San Jacinto College Foundation has helped thousands of students to succeed not only in academia, but in life,” said Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director. “By attending or sponsoring this year’s gala, you are directly impacting the lives of our students by helping them to achieve the dream of a college education.”

Table sponsorships, which include gala tickets and other recognition, are available at a variety of levels, from $1,000 to $100,000. Individual gala tickets can also be purchased for $250.

Sponsors to date include ASA Dally Structural Engineers, Steve Cowart, Furniture Marketing Group, Inc., Tellepsen, Thompson & Horton, and Susan K. Williams.

Judith Gonzales, scholarship recipient, said about receiving a San Jacinto College Foundation scholarship, “I am sincerely honored to have been selected as a scholarship recipient. I am a single mother working full-time and attending college has been a financial challenge. This scholarship will help me focus more on my education by alleviating some of the financial burdens I encounter.”

The Sylvan Beach Pavilion is located at 1 Sylvan Beach Drive, La Porte, Texas 77571. For more information, or to purchase tickets or sponsor the gala, please contact the San Jacinto College Foundation at 281-998-6104.


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 the San Jacinto College Foundation website, 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. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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