College foundation exceeds fundraising goal |

College foundation exceeds fundraising goal

Provided to the TribuneLake Tahoe Community College Foundation board members are, seated, Ryan Forvilly, Ron Alling, Nancy Specchio and Jeff Tillman. Standing are Nancy Barclay, Ellen Dauscher, Nancy Gardner, Diane Bisbee, Kerry David, Marla Sharp, Don Yamaoka, and Bob Novasel. Not pictured are Kathy Cocking, Chris Janzen, Guy Lease, Adele Lucas and Joe Tillson.

Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation raised more than $78,000 during the 2007 annual fund drive, exceeding its goal of $60,000 and setting a new record for the foundation. Donations included generous community support of $48,000, a $5,000 grant from the Richard & Rhonda Goldman Fund, and a $25,000 gift from Ethelmae Haldan, the benefactor that helped complete the college’s Haldan Art Gallery.

“Our Lake Tahoe community is so blessed to have a school of this magnitude,” said foundation board member Nancy Gardner. “It is an honor to work with a quality board for a quality educational facility. To further a cause for education is of monumental importance.”

The annual fund is the main source of income for the LTCC Foundation. The foundation supports cultural programs, equipment/technology purchases, instructional support, student scholarships and staff development. This year, the money will fund scholarships for continuing and transfer students, up to four years’ tuition for South Tahoe and Whittell high school students, seed money for a new book-rental program to reduce student costs, the college’s Multicultural Celebration Day, writers’ workshops, equipment for the biology department, new curtains for the Duke Theater, various equipment for wilderness education, a rowing machine for the physical education department, photo/digital arts program equipment, and staff and faculty development. The foundation also set aside money to support the endowment fund that now totals $647,000.

The Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation board of directors is working diligently to support the foundation’s mission: To work for educational excellence by assisting and encouraging investment in the development and growth of educational opportunities at Lake Tahoe Community College. Foundation director Melonie Guttry said the board’s goal is to increase the endowment fund to $1 million and surpass the total raised in 2007 to the annual fund.

In addition to the successful annual fund campaign, the foundation also received a $45,000 contribution for the Willette and Lester H. Strong Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship will remain in perpetuity to benefit second-year business students.

“So far, it has been quite an enlightening experience,” said Bob Novasel, who joined the foundation board in 2007. “It can be rewarding helping students pursue a college education.”

Board member Kerry David added: “We have a great group of individuals who work well together and are focused on contributing to the needs of the college community.”

Anyone interested in supporting the foundation’s efforts may contact Melonie Guttry, foundation executive director, at (530) 541-4660, ext. 245, or e-mail

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