Twenty-five SBCUSD high school seniors will see their dreams of attending college begin to take shape thanks to the Making Hope Happen Foundation, which is hosting its second annual gala on Saturday, May 21.
The foundation, formed with the goal of removing financial barriers for San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) students who want to attend college and creating more opportunities for students to enroll in career pathways, will award scholarships to more than 24 students from the Class of 2016.
The May 21 Making Hope Happen Foundation Gala, held at Arrowhead Springs Resort in San Bernardino, is the foundation’s chief fundraiser <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKV3Frw31TQ> . Tickets for the black-tie-optional dinner are $250 each or $2,200 for a table of 10, and donations are tax deductible. All proceeds from the event will fund college scholarships for SBCUSD students, as well as other student-centered activities.
The gala includes a silent art auction, musical entertainment, and a buffet dinner and dessert bar. It is also an opportunity to visit the historic Arrowhead Springs Hotel, which is privately owned and normally closed to visitors.
For scholarship recipients like Arroyo Valley High School senior Miranda Munoz, the financial support of the Making Hope Happen Foundation means she doesn’t have to worry about how she will pay for books at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Miranda is nervously waiting to find out how much financial aid she will receive from her university.
“I’m very grateful to the foundation for this scholarship,” said Miranda, who will major in forensic science with hopes of a career in law enforcement. “This scholarship is going to help me so much.”
The foundation is looking for corporate donors who want to help the San Bernardino City Unified School District in its pursuit to make hope happen for its 51,000 students. Anyone interested in donating to the Making Hope Happen Foundation and attending the gala should contact the District’s Community Engagement Department at (909) 381-1294 before May 16.