College foundation raises $77K

NORWALK - The Cerritos College Foundation raised "an unprecedented amount" of $77,000 at its 25th annual Golf Classic, held Aug. 2 at Friendly Hills Country Club in Whittier.This year's title sponsor, Bovis Lend Lease, was joined by numerous corporations and local businesses in helping the foundation achieve its goal. Underwritten by more than 80 sponsors, - 27 of which were corporate - the tournament featured support from 60 local businesses and individuals. "This year we had our most successful tournament ever, thanks to the support and commitment of individuals and businesses," said Steve Richardson, executive director of the foundation. "Funds raised from the tournament support academic excellence and scholarships for our students." Dr. Jerry Roodzant, who won $2,500 as winner of the helicopter ball drop competition, donated a portion of the cash prize back to the foundation. Also at the tournament, Cerritos College students Lindsey Marquez and Hillary Perez-Ashley were awarded the Nancy Kelly Academic Scholarship, awarded each year to outstanding female athletes in softball who display high academic achievement. Marquez, an Artesia resident majoring in special education, will transfer to Utah State University this fall "and is looking forward to positively impacting the lives of children with special needs." Perez-Ashley, of Lakewood, will attend West Virginia Wesleyan University in the fall where she will work on her B.S. in nursing.

********** Published: September 2, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 20