Reach for the Stars was the message at the 40th annual Foundation auction and dinner. Mt. Hood Community College Foundation Vice-President, Nancy Jaksich is pictured with Becky Calvert, Mike Calvert and Jerry Jaksich. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus) The event raised more than $170,000.

The overhead lights dimmed as MHCC choir members silently filed into the room. The soloist, Kaitlyn Cooley, began to sing “The Power of the Dream,” accompanied by Hailey Rowden.

The theme was Power of the Dream – Inspiring students to reach for the stars.

The theme was Power of the Dream – Inspiring students to reach for the stars.

Another highlight on May 19th at the Portland Waterfront Marriott was the premier screening of a video created by Gradient Productions, a multimedia company comprised mostly of former students from the MHCC’s Integrated Media program. The video captures the triumphs of MHCC students and inspires hope for future ones. Shot entirely on the Gresham campus, the video includes former students, alumni and an original song. Recorded in the MHCC studio and aptly named “The Power of the Dream,” the song features instrumentals and vocals contributed by students, accompanied by the powerful vocals of the duo Harmony & the Him. The song is now available on iTunes with all proceeds going to the MHCC Foundation.

Staff of Gradient Productions

Staff of Gradient Productions

 

2012 auction co-chairs Kathy Toynbee and Pat Fiedler

2012 auction co-chairs Kathy Toynbee and Pat Fiedler

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Thank You to Our Sponsors

Thanks to the many sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests, this year’s event was one of the best yet! Auction items included fabulous trips, amazing gift baskets, handcrafted items, jewelry, wine and many one-of-a-kind experiences such as piloting a Boeing flight simulator and an African photo safari.

We are grateful to the event co-chairs, Pat Fiedler and Kathy Toynbee, and to the entire committee and Board who worked tirelessly on behalf of MHCC students.

Thank you, also, to our generous sponsors: (presenting) Troutdale Energy Center, LLC., (platinum) Ferguson Wellman Capital Management, Mark Kralj, Principal; Suburban Auto Group, (major) Legacy Mount Hood Medical Center, Execu-Gifts, Outlook, Riverview Community Bank, VanportGroup, (silver) CenterCal Properties, LLC; Edward Jones, Robin McGregor, Financial Advisor; Enterprise Holdings Foundation, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Kaiser Permanente, Microchip Technology, Inc., Pepsi and Portland General Electric.

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