More than 250 people celebrated students at the 14th Annual Student Success Campaign Community Breakfast.
On the early morning of November 2, 2011, more than 250 friends of the college, faculty, staff and students met in the PUB Main Dining Room for the SCC Foundation’s 14th Annual Student Success Campaign Breakfast. Every one of them was there to support student scholarships, and support they did, giving more than $45,000 in donations, a record high. And, the foundation was told to expect more checks to come in.
Jane McNabb, Executive Director of the foundation says she was amazed at the generosity of people to support Shoreline students.
“I could actually feel the enthusiasm,” she said. “I think it had a lot to do with honoring one of our former students who not only worked hard as SBA president for the rights of students, but who went on to make a difference in thousands of people’s lives in his public position with the Mariners.”
“Hit a Home Run for Students” was the theme for this year’s breakfast. Ichiro bobble heads donated by the Seattle Mariners and baseball cards covered the 31 tables for the guests. SCC Foundation President, Scott Saunders gave the welcome during the first inning and introduced Dave Cunningham, master of ceremonies, who did a superb job engaging the audience with his quick wit, humor and charm. Cunningham thanked the Seattle Mariners who donated autographed baseballs for the fundraiser in memory of their beloved “Peanut Man,” Rick Kaminski, former SBA President at the college. He also recognized Scott’s Bar and Grill for being an in-kind sponsor and College trustees and Foundation Board members were recognized along with local elected officials. Special thanks were given to Trustee Phil Barrett for sponsoring at the President’s Level and other major donors.
President Lambert spoke briefly about the importance of private support, especially during these economic times, and thanked everyone for supporting the college and its students.
Representative Ruth Kagi was awarded the SCC Foundation Distinguished Service Award for her tireless support of higher education and her vision and leadership that resulted in legislation that solidified funding for at risk youth in the CEO program at the college. Rep. Kagi was not able to attend the breakfast as she was in Washington, D.C.; Foundation President Saunders accepted the award on behalf of Rep. Kagi.
Athletic Director Doug Palmer introduced Marco Azurdia, Executive Director of NWAACC, who talked about the commitment of the organization to support student success. His presence exhibited the importance of the launching of the first athletic scholarship at Shoreline. NWAACC scholarships are limited to athletes who have residency in only Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Hawaii, Alaska and British Columbia. Palmer then took the podium and talked about the importance of scholarships for all student athletes, explaining that the most eligible students can get is 65 percent of tuition costs. “All our kids have to work part-time jobs on top of studying and playing sports.”
Student athletes Joseph Ademofe and Jenny Voss captured the significance of the help that donors provide. Ademofe, who left Nigeria to move to Greece and eventually Seattle, played soccer for Shoreline for two years. He completed his GED and ESL classes before starting his transfer program. He asked Azurdia, with a smile, if he could please change the NWAAC rules so that students like him could get athletic scholarships. After the breakfast, the NWAAC director told him that he heard his plea and would really try to see if somehow the rules could be changed. Voss shared her appreciation of the scholarships she has received.
Palmer spoke highly of the athletic coaches who give so much of their time to support student athletes. “Often they use their own money to recruit students,” he said. “They do it because they love their sport and working with young people. Their commitment is above and beyond.”
Saunders returned to the podium to talk about his relationship with Mr. Kaminski, who he worked with during Kaminski’s tenure as SBA president. The relationship became a long friendship, one that Saunders says he will always remember. He then introduced Candi Keener, Kaminski's partner and thanked the foundation for the establishment of the Rick Kaminski Athletic Scholarship.
Emcee Cunningham returned to the podium to begin his stint as auctioneer; a role that seemed to come naturally. The crowd enjoyed his humor and responded well, purchasing the Mariners baseballs with enthusiasm and large donations.
Professor Diana Knauf really wowed the crowd with a last call for student support. Her warmth and dedication to Shoreline and its students was felt by all. She accepted a check in the amount of $2,000 from Lynn Cheeney of the Shoreline Rotary.
It turned out that, “Hit a Home Run for Students” was the perfect theme for the breakfast. The foundation hopes to reach $50,000 by the end of the campaign.