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

Pageant of the Trees Dazzles Alumni and Friends, Breaks Record by Raising over $53,300 for Students! 

L to R: Ken Purcell, Dr. Sara Lundquist, Jayne Munoz, Dr. Erlinda Martinez, Tony Ellis, Mark Manion, Ignacio Muniz.

The Seventh Annual Pageant of the Trees on December 8 sparkled with holiday magic as distinguished guests gathered to support innovative student programs and scholarships at Santa Ana College (SAC). The sold-out event was a resounding success with another record-breaking year of net proceeds at more than $53,300!

The premier sponsor and host was First American Corporation. Guests were welcomed by beautiful holiday décor, traditional Christmas carolers, and a warm greeting by SAC President Erlinda Martinez and her student ambassadors.

I am extremely grateful to First American Corporation, Parker Kennedy, Chairman and CEO, and Ken Purcell, Retired Vice-President and SAC Foundation Board Chairman, for their unwavering support of our students. We continue to beat the odds and succeed because strong organizations and visionary leaders understand the importance of investing in our students to enhance their future, develop our business base, and promote opportunities for our community.

In the spirit of giving, guests bid on spectacular custom-designed trees, delightful silent auction baskets, and fabulous live auction getaways. Guests were inspired by student testimonials, and entertained by SAC Professor David Lopez and his Latin Jazz Ensemble.

The holiday spirit was present throughout the evening as Santa Ana College alumni and friends generously donated to ensure that deserving students in need receive the gift of a college education. A very special appreciation to all those that helped make this unique and amazing event such a success!

Happy Holidays,

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

Chancellor Dr. Eddie Hernandez and SAC President Dr. Erlinda Marinez
L to R: Don Mahany, Dick Gorrie, Martha Gorrie, and Jill Mahany.

The Santa Ana College Foundation is committed to ensuring that no student is denied educational opportunities due to financial constraints. The Foundation strives to maintain, expand and enhance the educational opportunities at Santa Ana College and to link community organizations, businesses, funding sources, alumni and staff preserving "A History of Success, A Future of Promise." For more information, please call 714-564-6091, email, or visit our Website at

Santa Ana College
Foundation Board of Directors

Tony Ellis, President
Tony Rivas, Vice President
Kristin Crellin, Secretary
Ed Halverson, Treasurer

John Acosta
Ed Arnold
Alberta D. Christy
Catherine Dunn-Ryan
Dr. Sara Lundquist
Mark Manion
Eddie Marquez
Dr. Erlinda Martinez
Larry L. Means
Ignacio Muniz
Jayne C. Munoz
Ken Purcell
Donna Scarbrough

Christina Romero
Executive Director


Very Special Thanks to the Following


Premier Sponsor
The First American Corporation

SAC Holiday Sponsor
Citizens Business Bank
EMAE Industries

Deck the Halls Sponsor
Schools First Federal Credit Union
Aitken, Aitken & Cohn

Tree Sponsor
Wells Fargo
Crevier BMW\Mini
Student Insurance
Garden Grove Hospital
HMC Architects

Gift of Education Sponsor
Dr. Carolyn Breeden
Kiwanis Club of Santa Ana
Santa Ana Firemen’s Association
The Hacienda

Pageant of the Trees Committee

Christina Romero, Chair
Judy Arroyo
Marta Barker
Maria Carranza
Terri Hawn
Rhonda Langston
Teresa Mercado-Cota
Elizabeth Motley
Ken Purcell
Kaye Smith
Jennifer Valencia
Reyes Vazquez
Kennethia Vega
Lithia Williams

Our Gratitude to the following Tree Designers

  • International Student Association & International Student Program – Junko Ishikawa, Carmelita Eustaquio

  • National Hispanic Business Women Association (NHBWA)
    Cecilia Novella

  • Office of Student Life – Judy Arroyo, Loy Nashua and Staff

  • Art 124 Gallery Production Class – Phil Marquez

  • SAC President’s Cabinet – Kennethia Vega, Marta Barker, Cheryl Thury

  • Larry Means & Kiwanis of Santa Ana – Luisa Ruiz, Luis Dorado, Victor Castro, Debbie Acuna, Israel Ochoa, Noe Aparisio

  • Rose Argo

  • SSA Team – Valinda Tivenan, Sean Small

  • George & Linda Troxcil

  • Alexis Konopisos

  • El Don Newspaper – Charles Little and the El Don Staff

  • Disabled Students Program & Services, SAC Learning Center
    Judy Arroyo and Shirley Bowman

  • CEC Counseling Department – Patty Siguenza, Francisco Suarez, Violeta Pena

  • SAC Academic Senate – Monica Porter, John Zarske

  • Chancellor’s Cabinet – Libby Fuller, Maritza Morrow

  • Penny Perkins

  • Community Services – Terri Hawn, Lithia Williams

  • SAC Associated Student Government (ASG) – Lizibeth Navarro,
    Nancy Barajas

  • Barbara Purcell & Jennifer Ramirez


Adiana’s Salon & Day Spa
Ed Arnold
Curt & Dena Childress
City of Santa Ana, Police Department
Doubletree Anaheim/Orange County
Roy Englebrecht
The First American Corporation
Sharon Hylton
Burt Jolly, Premier Engineering and Grading
Nilo Lipiz
Anita Lucarelli
Fritz Maskrey Auto Club Speedway
Mission Viejo Country Club
Johnny Ace Palmer
Rancho Santiago Community College District
Shenandoah at the Arbor
Student Insurance
Maria Sugranes

Thank YOU to our Friends:

SAC Bookstore Staff, Student Business Office, and
Maintenance and Operations Department

RSCCD ITS, Public Affairs, and Warehouse

And to all that supported Pageant of the Trees!


Marisa Holmes Photography