Record-setting ‘Gifts From The Earth’ for South Seattle Community College

(Photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
At South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) on Saturday night, the sold-out Gifts From The Earth gala made history – raising a record $185,000, reports communications director Kevin Maloney, thanks to everything from the beautifully set tables, to impeccably prepared/presented feasts …

… to generous partygoers/donors/auction bidders and sponsors …

No wonder SSCC president Gary Oertli was beaming:

In addition to showcasing the skills of the students in SSCC’s renowned Culinary Arts, Wine Studies, and Hospitality programs, the gala also included celebrity chefs, more than two dozen Northwest wineries, and emcee Margaret Larson, as detailed here.

5 Replies to "Record-setting 'Gifts From The Earth' for South Seattle Community College"

  • jissy January 27, 2013 (12:35 pm)

    Had the opportunity to go last night — was a GREAT event. I had no idea about the 13th Year program SSCC offers, a very worthwhile program. They offer to all Cleveland & Chief Sealth High school seniors the opportunity to attend SSCC their first year for FREE, regardless of grades or ability to pay. It was announced last night that is also going to be extended to West Seattle and Ranier Beach seniors. Can you imagine the opportunities that offers to some? Can change a life and direction of educational future.

    Mr. Oertli also said that SSCC is the most diverse high level education institution in the State. Very cool…

  • ToniR January 27, 2013 (9:35 pm)

    Gorgeous lead photo, Patrick!

  • QQman January 27, 2013 (11:34 pm)

    Sure, great pic, but it wouldn’t have happened without all the work put in by the students and volunteers who setup the room. You’re welcome!

  • Graysongirl January 28, 2013 (4:37 pm)

    Okay, I have to ask….why are there four forks, three knives and one spoon per table setting? Is this for each course? Just epicurious! ha!

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