A Busy Foundation Flurries through the Winter

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Feather River College Foundation President Kris Miravalle, and Foundation Fundraising Chair Lisa Kelly take a minute from their Thanksgiving celebration to take picture with their Community Host Students from the UK who got to experience Turkey Day for the first time.

With the end of the holiday season, comes the familiar frost of Plumas County winters, and after the fruitful first few weeks of the season, the New Year is sure to bring exciting developments at the Feather River College Foundation.

The Foundation Board met with the College Board of Trustees on December 11 for its annual joint meeting. It was great hearing from another side of the college and clear that the partnership between the Foundation  and the Trustees is a valued and important one. Not only that, but the trustees’ input helped the Foundation carve out the best way to provide financial aid in areas that the institution might be restricted.

Mini Grant Program

One example of this would be the Foundation’s newly established mini grant program. We are very excited to introduce this program to the school as it will be one of the main ways we disperse our funds to help the college’s departments, faculty and staff.

Though we still have a few wrinkles we need to iron out, the main idea for the mini grant program will be to offer funding to teachers and faculty in ways the college cannot, whether it is for budgetary reasons or otherwise. The grants will be made to Feather River College employees whose proposed projects support the Foundation’s mission: “Our mission is to support student success by generating financial contributions to the foundation that benefit Feather River College’s students, activities and programs.”

We have a minimum grant request of $100. There will be no maximum grant request; however, the Foundation hopes to make approximately 5-10 awards in the range of $200 to $1000 annually. Grant requests that are more than that can still be considered, but possibly put in a different category, which we would then collaborate with the college administrators on.

Examples of activities we hope fund would be instructional equipment; staff or student travel to a conference, training or extra curricular activity; special events that enrich campus life, and more.

We hope to have the application completed by the time school starts and the applications available in mid February.

Get Ready for Dancing With the Stars

Dacning w the starsWhile the college is enjoying a nice winter break, there is a bustle of activity on the Fundraising Committee for the Foundation. Under the orchestration of Lisa Kelly, the Foundation’s Fundraising co-chair, the Foundation is happy to present a new event on Feb. 13 called Dancing With the Stars. 

At 7 p.m. at the fair grounds, 10 Plumas County celebrities including Sheriff Greg Hagwood, Plumas County School District Superintendent Micheline Miglis, and Feather River College Head Rodeo Coach Jesse Segura, will leave it all on the dance floor for the dance off of the year. With three judges and an applause vote from the crowd, the 10 dancers, accompanied by their local dance partners (some who are “celebrities” themselves), will compete for first, second, and third place.

Along with general seating, there will be seventeen floor side tables which seat eight people. The tables will be seated early and will receive complimentary beverages and refreshments courtesy of the Feather River College Culinary Arts Department.  We recommend that persons interested in the tables gather their friends and call Lisa at 283-9900 to reserve a table.

The proceeds from the event will go directly towards the students and programs who will the be there helping. Tickets are $10 for general seating, and $25 for a table seat. Tickets are available at Carey Candy Co., Moons Restaurant and Bank of America, so grab you sweet heart, or a group of friends, and be ready to cheer on our Plumas County celebrities and raise some money for our favorite college!