The Butte College Spring Gala—a fundraiser for the Butte College Foundation and Athletics—will be held on March 13 at the Bell Memorial Union, 400 West First Street, in Chico. Cocktails and silent auction start at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7:15 p.m. Big band entertainment will be provided by the Fabulous Swing Kings. Tickets are $100 per person with all proceeds from the event benefiting Butte College students through scholarships and academic and athletic program support. Butte College alumnus, Pat Walsh—the Sports Guy-- from KFBK Radio will be the emcee for the event. The evening will also honor four alumni with the presentation of the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Awards.
“At the Butte College Spring Gala, we recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves personally and professionally in their particular field of study, life’s work or community service,” said Dr. Diana Van Der Ploeg, Butte College President. “This year we’re proud to recognize four alumni – Jim Culp, David Mobilio, Perry Reniff, and Aaron Rodgers—who have truly demonstrated tremendous dedication and effort. ”
Butte College 1993 graduate Jim Culp served his country in the US Air Force from 1996 through 2002 distinguishing himself as one of only two non-flying lieutenants in the 1999 Kosovo Campaign to be honored with a Meritorious Services Award. Culp, who became an ordained minister and earned his master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry while in the Air Force, continued his service to others when he returned home to Chico. He founded Orchard Church in Chico where he serves as pastor, along with the non-profit Wilderness Experience Youth Program.
David Mobilio, a graduate of Butte College’s 91st Law Enforcement Academy in 1995, is being posthumously honored. In 2002, Officer Mobilio lost his life in the line of duty while serving as a patrol officer and liaison officer for Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) with the Red Bluff Police Force. Mobilio served with the Red Bluff Police Department for four years and dedicated his time and energy to teaching children how to make good choices in life.
Recently retired Butte County Sheriff Perry Reniff, a graduate of the college’s Administration of Justice program, dedicated 37 years to public service in Butte County. From 1972 through 1991, Reniff was a deputy for the Butte County Sheriff’s Department. In 1991 he became assistant sheriff and from 2002 until December of 2009 he served as the county’s sheriff. Reniff founded the Butte County Designated Area Deputy Program and a anti-methamphetamine Website www.2stopmeth.org and volunteered countless hours at numerous community events and fundraisers.
Famed National Football League Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, attended Butte College in 2002 and was a starting quarterback for the college, will be honored for his work on and off the field. On the field, Rodgers is only the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 yards in his starting season and finished fourth in the league in both passing yards (4,038) and touchdowns (28) in the 2009 season. This year, he was selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Off the field, Rodgers participates in community benefits including the Andy North and Friends Golf Getaway for the University of Wisconsin Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon; the Vince Lombardi Golf Classic; and served as co-host for the Young Life Charity Golf Tournament from 2006-08.
Tickets for the Butte College Spring Gala can be purchased by contacting the Butte College Foundation, 530/895-2359.
The Butte College Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that serves as the fundraising arm for Butte College. The Foundation, governed by a volunteer board of directors, works throughout the year to generate partnerships and resources to benefit the students of Butte College. In addition to awarding scholarships to students each semester, the Foundation also helps provide faculty grants for programs, campus projects, equipment and technology.
The mission of Butte College is to create a student-centered, community-based learning environment which empowers students to become productive, literate, and responsible members of a diverse society. Our mission is accomplished through: degree, transfer, career, technical and career programs; basic skills; English as a second language; student support services that promote student access and achievement; economic development and workforce training; adult non-credit courses, and community education. During 2008-2009, Butte College’s enrollment was 21, 862 students.