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Golfers tee up $90k for COC student aid

Posted: September 30, 2008 3:44 p.m.
Updated: December 1, 2008 5:00 a.m.

Charlie Rasmussen, president of C.A. Rasmussen Inc. (center front), stands with golfing teammates (left to right) Tom Charon, Jesus Garcia and John Spalione during the 18th Annual COC Foundation Golf Tournament at Valencia Country Club. The event raised more than $90,000 to help fund student aid programs.

The tally is in: College of the Canyons Foundation's 18th annual golf tournament raised more than $90,000 to help fund student programs and provide student scholarships and textbook assistance.

"Education can change lives by creating new opportunities, and this tournament just opened some more doors for people who need these  opportunities," said Barry Gribbons, COC assistant superintendent, vice president of institutional development, technology and online services, who also chaired the event.

Sponsored by C.A. Rasmussen Inc. and presented by Calex Engineering Company, the Sept. 8 tournament at the Valencia Country Club featured 120 golfers teeing off in support of education.

On average, COC students pay roughly $2,100 per school year for academic fees, textbooks and supplies, making the cost of attending school one of the greatest barriers students will face on their educational journey.

In response the COC Foundation has continually worked to generate funds through annual giving, special events and endowment programs to provide more opportunities for an affordable and accessible college education.

Each year the Foundation grants more than $500,000 back to the college in various forms of support.

Gribbons said the golf tournament's proceeds will enable COC to build its student assistance programs and aid even more students in need.

Sponsors of this year's tournament included Calex Engineering Company, KBZ Architects, Lundgren Management, Advantage Disposal, Associated Ready Mix Concrete Inc., H & S Electric Inc., Keenan & Associates, Klassen Corporation, Morton Manufacturing, NE Systems and Dell Computers, Pardee Homes, Santa Clarita Concrete, Staples, Stay Green Inc., Vulcan Materials Co., Bellasport, Adams, Swartz & Landau, LLP, Lenovo, Southern California Gas Co., MPC/Gateway, Dr. Barry Gribbons, Carl Ebaugh, Six Flags, Coastline Equipment, CommScope Enterprise Solutions, Enterasys, Valley Power Systems Inc., Valencia Acura, Mercedes-Benz of Valencia, Wilshire Entertainment, RSVP Catering and Black Box.


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