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The Grossmont College Foundation, a fund-raising organization that supports Grossmont College students and educational programs, will host its 2009 Dinner Gala and Auction fund-raiser on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino. The public is invited to attend.


The Foundation’s Gala, the eighth annual, will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner starting at 7 p.m., live auction and live entertainment by student performers. More than 130 auction items will be available to the highest bidder.


The 2009 theme is “Reaching New Heights With You.” The theme reflects the college’s partnership with the community that assists in the college’s efforts to reach “new heights” in educational excellence, workforce training, scholarship programs and an endless array of new opportunities for students, according to Ernest Ewin, Grossmont College Foundation executive director. Three Grossmont College Foundation Board Members are serving as co-chairs of the event. They include retired city planner Judy Garrett, Vicki Whitmire of San Diego National Bank’s Navajo Road branch, and Karol Schoen of Barona Valley Ranch Resort & Casino.


Tickets are priced at $200 per person. For more information about tickets and donation opportunities for the silent auction, contact Alexis Popko at the Grossmont College Foundation office at (619) 644-7109, or via e-mail at, or visit


The Grossmont College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that directly supports Grossmont College students, faculty and staff through scholarships, educational equipment and supplies, facilities and education programs.


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