SANTA ROSA – The "Bridging the Doyle" fundraising campaign generated more than a quarter of a million dollars this summer to help close the scholarship gap at Santa Rosa Junior College.
About $221,000 in cash and pledges were received from 389 donors who contributed from $10 up to $50,000 during the May 28 through September 13 campaign. An additional $41,000 was received as in-kind contributions for marketing services, advertising space and radio spots.
"We want to thank all those who participated in this fund drive, especially members of the business community, private individuals and SRJC alumni for their generous gifts," said Kate McClintock, executive director of the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation.
Community support for the campaign was led by a challenge grant from John and Jennifer Webley along with major gifts from Kaiser Permanente, The Press Democrat and Medtronic Cardiovascular, among other corporate donors. Fundraising dinners and private functions were organized by SRJC faculty and benefactors. Mary’s Pizza Shack donated a percentage of sales received for a day to the campaign.
Funds received have been distributed as $425 scholarships to 521 qualified in-coming students who graduated from a local high school during the 2008-09 school year with a 3.0 overall GPA or higher.