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Charlie Rasmussen, president of C.A. Rasmussen Inc. (second from left), stands with golfing teammates (left to right) Tom Charon, Jesus Garcia and John Spalione during the 18th Annual COC Foundation Golf Tournament at Valencia Country Club. The event, which raises money to fund student programs, scholarships and textbook assistance, featured 120 players and raised more than $90,000.
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September 23, 2008
Foundation Golf Tournament Raises $90,000 for Students
With a goal to provide more opportunities for students of all ages to attend college and pursue their educational goals, the College of the Canyons Foundation held its 18th annual golf tournament earlier this month -- raising more than $90,000 to help fund student programs and provide student scholarships and textbook assistance.
“Education can change lives by creating new opportunities,” said Barry Gribbons, assistant superintendent and vice president of institutional development, technology and online services at the college, as well as chair of the tournament, “and this tournament just opened some more doors for people who need these new opportunities.”
Sponsored by C.A. Rasmussen Inc. and presented by Calex Engineering Co., the tournament was held Sept. 8 at Valencia Country Club and featured 120 golfers teeing off in support of education.
“We are lucky to have such a great community college in our midst. Over the years many of us have benefited from classes offered at COC,” said Charlie Rasmussen, president of C.A. Rasmussen. “It has been amazing to watch the incredible growth that has taken place at the college, enabling more students to enroll in a wide variety of classes and programs.”
On average, COC students pay roughly $2,100 per school year for academic fees, textbooks and supplies -- making the cost of attending school one of the greatest barriers students will face on their educational journey.
In response, the COC Foundation has continually worked to generate funds -- through annual giving, special events and endowment programs -- to provide more opportunities for an affordable and accessible college education for all those with the desire to succeed.
Each year the foundation grants more than $500,000 back to the college in various forms of support. These funds enable the college to strive for the highest levels of excellence in teaching, scholarship, vocational training and innovation.
“We were delighted with this year’s tournament, it was a great day of golf,” Gribbons said. “But, more importantly, the generosity of our sponsors and participants was incredible. These funds will enable us to build our student assistance programs and help even more students in need.”
Sponsors of this year’s tournament included: Calex Engineering Co., KBZ Architects, Lundgren Management, Advantage Disposal, Associated Ready Mix Concrete, H&S Electric, Keenan & Associates, Klassen Corp., Morton Manufacturing, NE Systems and Dell Computers, Pardee Homes, Santa Clarita Concrete, Staples, Stay Green, Vulcan Materials Co., Bellasport, Adams, Swartz & Landau LLP, Lenovo, Southern California Gas Co., MPC/Gateway, Dr. Barry Gribbons, Carl Ebaugh, Six Flags, Coastline Equipment, CommScope Enterprise Solutions, Enterasys, Valley Power Systems, Valencia Acura, Mercedes-Benz of Valencia, Wilshire Entertainment, RSVP Catering and Black Box.