Santa Ana College Foundation Month Year
A History of Success, A Future of Promise

Hello Friend,

Welcome to the September issue of the Santa Ana College Foundation enewsletter, your monthly source for timely information on the Foundation's programs, important news and events from the college, opportunities for giving, and more.

Erlinda J. Martinez, Ed.D.
President, Santa Ana College

Tickets Available for 10th Annual Chancellor's Ball

Image 1It's time to pull out your party dress and dust off your dancing shoes! Join supporters of Santa Ana and Santiago Canyon Colleges on Friday, October 12 at the Disneyland Hotel for A Decade of Distinction, the 10th annual Chancellor's Ball. Since the event began in 1998, more than $600,000 has been raised which provide much needed scholarships and support for innovative educational programs. Tickets are available for $200 per person, and scholarships range from $2,000 to $15,000. For information, call (714) 480-7450 or visit

Local Banking Returns to Santa Ana

Image 2Santa Ana's first community bank in 42 years will open its doors this Fall with a grand opening ceremony to be announced soon. "Personalized banking is returning to Santa Ana," says Councilman Carlos Bustamante, who is also a founder and director of Santa Ana Business Bank. "For the first time in many years, a bank will recognize its customers by their faces instead of by a number."

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Donor Profile: Larry L. Means

Image 3"Larry L. Means understands community," says Luisa Ruiz, Outreach Specialist at Santa Ana College. "He gives from the heart."

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OCFTCU Awards Mini-Grants to FacultyImage 4

Partnering with the Santa Ana College Foundation to develop a new grant program,  Orange County Teachers Federal Credit Union (OCTFCU) awarded six $500 mini-grants this year to SAC faculty members who satisfied the program's criteria. The credit union has pledged to continue this program on an annual basis, and plans to offer 10 mini-grants in 2008.

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Ways To Give
SAC Web Site
Foundation Web Site
Alumni Web Site
Alumni Hall of Fame
Alumni Registration


Alicia Berhow

Alicia Berhow says she grew up poor, but today lives a rich life as Director of Workforce Development for the Orange County Business Council (OCBC). Her story has a beginning that is all too familiar in Santa Ana, but, in her case, has a happy ending. Raised in a single parent household, Alicia's mother worked two jobs to support Alicia and her two younger brothers, still barely keeping the family above the poverty level. Alicia was the only sibling in her family to attend college, and a lack of finances made it imperative that she utilize the community college system to start her post-secondary education. She enrolled at Santa Ana College and she describes her experience of attending SAC like "hitting nothing but home runs," just like her beloved Angels baseball team.

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Web Site News
Two important new features have been added to our web sites. We encourage you to take advantage of both.

Foundation Site
"Donate Now" button on the home page makes online giving quick and easy.
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Alumni Site
"Join & Connect" section enables alumni to find and connect with each other.
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