As part of Texas Southmost College’s 95th anniversary year celebration, the college raised more than $50,000 in student scholarship funds through its Ruby Gala, held April 2.
Hosted by the TSC Foundation Board, the evening brought together community members from across the Rio Grande Valley to support students as TSC marks 95 years of service to its communities.
“We are grateful to everyone who attend the event, those who sponsored tables, and all who participated in the online silent auction,” said TSC Foundation Board Chair, Manny M. Casanova. “Every dollar raised will assist more students in achieving their dream of earning a college education and help us achieve the TSC Foundation mission of providing equal opportunities for students to access a quality, affordable college education.”
During the gala, TSC alumna Anethe Hernandez thanked donors for helping her and hundreds of other students earn a degree or certificate from Texas Southmost College.
She earned an associate degree in Architecture from TSC and is continuing her education at TSC by pursing a complementary associate degree in Computer-Aided Drafting, and said it was TSC’s Finish Strong scholarship that has allowed her to follow her dreams.
“This scholarship helped me pay part of my spring semester tuition and gave me that rush of happiness that I needed to continue working and giving my 110% in every goal I set,” the 24-year-old said. “It made me realize that all the sacrifices my family and I made to be where I am today are worth it.”
TSC Board of Trustees Immediate Past Chair and TSC Foundation Secretary Adela Garza said the gala was proof that when a community works together, big things can be achieved, as she noted the gala’s fundraising goal had been surpassed.
“It was a collective effort in raising this money for our students,” said Garza. “Dreams are coming true for our students and their families. Lives are being changed for the better. Thank you to everyone who has supported our mission and helped us create these scholarships.”
David Tumlinson, Director of Foundation and Community Outreach said TSC has two more major 95th anniversary events planned to continue to enhance community connections as it raises funds for student scholarships.
The college will host the Valley Symphony Orchestra’s “Star Wars: Music from a Galaxy Far Away” performance on April 30 at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale at topboxtickets.com.
In addition, TSC will host its second annual golf tournament at the Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club on August 20.
For more information about tournament sponsorship and to reserve a spot for your team, contact the Foundation office at [email protected]
For more information about upcoming events, or to learn how to become a donor, visit tsc.edu.