Party in the Library 2018 breaks records!

Publish Date: 
May 24, 2018

On May 12, 2018, Hartnell College Foundation hosted its Twelfth Annual Party in the Library. This event has proven to be one Salinas Valley’s favorite galas with this year’s attendance of over 400 guests and reaching record-breaking levels of fundraising, reaching over $477,000 in support of Hartnell College students and programs.

The night featured a cocktail greeting, delectable strolling dinner, amazing auction, dancing to the Extra Large, and most importantly the opportunity to make the educational dreams of Hartnell students come true. Hartnell student, Louis Romero gave an impassionate speech in which he shared his personal journey and the impact Hartnell’s programs, student success scholarships, and career preparation internships have had on his and his family’s lives. Jackie Cruz, Vice President for Advancement and Development and Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin announced the Salinas Valley Promise Program, which will provide scholarships to every high school graduate from the Salinas Valley for a fully paid first year at Hartnell College.

Each year the event features the presentation of the Hartnell College Foundation’s Leadership Award honoring exceptional leaders who have exhibited significant effort and leadership on behalf of the Foundation, college, students and alumni. This year’s award was presented to local leader and Hartnell alumnus, Alfred Diaz-Infante of CHISPA. The honoree is an incredible community leader who has both been monumental in their support of the college and has shown incredible commitment to the college and the students of this community.

Hartnell College Foundation recognizes the fantastic Party co-chairs Kurt Gollnick and Susan Gill for their vision and dedication. Special appreciation goes to the Party in the Library Committee for their leadership and to the community at large for supporting Party in the Library 2018.