Annual Emeritus Holiday Luncheon
The Annual Emeritus Holiday Luncheon, “Jingle & Mingle” this year was a huge success! In appreciation for their ongoing contribution to the Foundation, the invite was extended to include LBCC current payroll contributors. There were 40 attendees.
Board of Governor and Emeritus member Gail Schwandner was the emcee for the afternoon. Interim President Ann-Marie Gabel welcomed those in attendance and had each person state their name and how many years they worked for the college and it which capacity. Beverly O’Neill addressed the group and was humbled by the kind words from many in attendance that she personally hired while at the college. She asked the attendees to state what they loved most about their time at the LBCC. The group donated $428.45 to the Emeritus Scholarship Fund.
Ted Orozco, member of Foundation Board of Governors and owner of Super Mex Restaurants, donated the delicious food for the third year in a row. All in all it was a festive and fun event.
Executive VP Lou Anne Bynum, Sandy Finstuen, Jim Martois Phyllis Comiskey and Jim Murphy
Foundation Board of Governors Holiday Dinner
The Long Beach City College Foundation Board of Governors Holiday Dinner was held at the lovely home of Jerry and Jean Green in Park Estates. About 40 of the Foundation Governors attended the event with their guests. The buffet dinner was catered by the LBCC Culinary Arts students and staff. Superintendent-President Eloy Ortiz Oakley thanked the Governors for their volunteer service to the Foundation and summarized the accomplishments of the college during his eight years as President. Members of the Board of Trustees in attendance included Dr. Ginny Baxter, Jeff Kellogg, Vivian Malauulu and Doug Otto.
LBCC Math Success Center Renamed Don Temple Family Charitable Foundation Math Success Center
On December 2, the LBCC Math Success Center was officially renamed Don Temple Family Charitable Foundation math Success Center. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication celebrated the $750,000 gift. This gift is one of the largest in the history of the college. The funds will be used for Long Beach College Promise scholarships and to create an endowment for innovative success initiatives in the Mathematics Department.
Speaking at the event, Marlene Temple, Don's widow, said "The Don Temple Family Charitable Foundation is very proud to be a part of the Long Beach City College expansion. In Don's honor, we continue his generous legacy as we dedicate this Math Success Center."
Don Temple was a prominent Long Beach entrepreneur and philanthropist who built the first self-storage facility in the Los Angeles Basin. He served as a Long Beach Airport Commissioner and was active with many charitable and community organizations. When he died in 2013, the Foundation was generously funded, and today his family carries on and expands his legacy of giving.
Don and Marlene's granddaughter, Sumer Temple, also spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. She is the third-generation operator of the Don Temple companies and a distinguished LBCC alumna who served as editor-in-chief of the Viking Newspaper as an LBCC student.
Fine Arts Associates Fall Fundraiser
The Fine Arts Associates (FAA) of the LBCC Foundation support the Creative Arts departments. Through events, the Associates help the college and community preserve the arts with tax-deductible gifts and attendance at philanthropic events. The various projects not only help the Creative Arts departments financially, but they introduce the community to the very talented students and faculty.
Over the years the Fine Arts Associates funded expensive supplies as well as brought in prominent guest artists to work with the students.
The FAA hosts two annual fundraising events, one in the fall — "Arts on the Town" and another in the spring. On October 21, they had their second signature event at the Halbert Hargrove Global Advisors offices in downtown Long Beach. Both students and instructors displayed special works of art in the form of photography and ceramics and most were for sale. The Dance department presented the attendees with two dance numbers and on both balconies overlooking the city were the talented jazz musicians to entertain.
FAA annual membership is $40. This includes complimentary tickets to the holiday programs on campus as well as special discounts throughout the year. In the spring, the Fine Arts Associates are planning a wine and cheese reception in conjunction with the Theatre department performance.