Santiago Canyon College’s First Online Fundraiser a Success

Orange—Winning auction bids and sponsorships made Santiago Canyon College’s 2009 fundraising event the most successful in the history of the college. 

The annual event, TGIF, raised more than $16,500 to benefit SCC’s programs and students.  That is more than twice the amount raised by the 2008 TGIF silent auction. 

TGIF, which stands for “Treasures, Gratitude, Involvement and Friendship,” switched its auction to an online format this year to open the TGIF celebration to a larger audience.

“At a time when the economy is flat, our community supported TGIF through generous donations, both of items and of purchases that doubled our revenue from past years,” said John Hernandez, Vice President of Student Services.  “Our capacity to maintain the current funding level for scholarships and college programs is only possible through the continuous generosity of our community.”

The auction, entitled “TGIF Goes Green,” was open for one week, ending November 20.  Auction items included resort vacations, fine dining, personal care luxuries, and items for the home.  Sponsorships were provided by Schools First Federal Credit Union, Seville Construction Services, and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 12.

“The new online format for the silent auction was a convenient way to expand our base of support and to use the internet for the display and purchase of over 70 items,” Hernandez said. “This kept the overhead costs to a minimum, which allowed us to maximize the earnings. “’TGIF Goes Green’ was a fresh and innovative approach that will certainly be utilized in future years.”

Santiago Canyon College is a public community college of Rancho Santiago Community College District, serving the residents of Anaheim Hills, Orange, Tustin and Villa Park. The college provides education for academic transfer and careers, courses for personal and professional development, and customized training for business and industry.

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