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"Sailing to Success" Gala

The San Jacinto College “Sailing to Success” Gala, held Friday, May 20, 2016 at Sylvan Beach Pavilion, raised nearly $250,000 in support of student scholarships.

“We had a great turnout for this year’s gala and I am extremely thankful to our donors and community for their support of our students,” said San Jacinto College Foundation Executive Director Ruth Keenan. “The generosity of everyone who attended our gala will allow us to continue to provide scholarships to San Jacinto College students, helping them realize their dream of a college education.”

This year’s gala honored Neil and Eloise West, longtime supporters of San Jacinto College, with the San Jacinto College Foundation Lifetime Legacy Award in appreciation of their continued support of student success through scholarships. Mr. West has been an active member with the San Jacinto College Foundation for more than 20 years. He helped develop the Student Success Initiative grant program that provides grants through the Foundation for faculty and staff so that they can further the College’s mission of student success. A Texas flag that flew over the state Capitol, donated by State Representative Wayne Smith, was presented to the Wests at the gala.

Major gala sponsors included the Niday family, John and Tookie McMahan, Higman Barge Lines, the Trncak family, Lubrizol, Morris Architects, Tellepsen and Steve Cowart.