We invite you to join us as a sponsor!

This year, we will be honoring retiring Saddleback College President Tod A. Burnett, EdD.  Please join us in making this event the most successful yet by sponsoring in honor of Dr. Burnett and his eight-year legacy of leadership at Saddleback College.

The annual Gala is Saddleback College Foundation’s signature fundraising event that provides needed funding for college programs and student scholarships. Each year, an increasing number of our students face a critical shortage of financial aid and are trying to balance working with attending school. Even more distressing is the fact that nearly 5 percent of our students are homeless or living in temporary housing. Your sponsorship of the Gala means that we can provide needed scholarships and related support so more students are able to achieve an education and thrive in our community.

The Gala is held every spring and draws more than 400 of the community’s most prominent corporate, philanthropic and civic leaders, along with university trustees, members of the foundation Board of Governors, administrators, alumni, students and friends. The event includes an exclusive VIP Sponsor Reception, silent and live auctions and an exceptional dining experience and program of speakers and entertainment. Click here to see our 2017 Alumna of the year. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available to fit any size budget. Joining forces with Saddleback College Foundation in this important endeavor is a wonderful testament to your commitment to supporting higher education and career technical education in our community, while also providing substantial visibility and networking opportunities for both you and your guests. We hope you will take a leadership role in sponsoring the Gala. Your tax-deductible contribution will benefit the lives of many deserving and hard-working Saddleback students.

Gala Sponsorship Form

Gala Auction Item Donation Form

Click here to view Gala brochure


Thank You to our 2017 Gala Sponsors



Saddleback College Emeritus Institute


Follett Higher Education Group
Neudesic, LLC


Audi of Mission Viejo
Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D.


Angels for the Arts
Associated Student Government
Capata & Co. - CPAs
City of Mission Viejo
Driving Mz Daisy
Anthony and Carie Ferry
Goodwill of Orange County
Irvine Valley College and the Irvine Valley College Foundation
FLS International
Tilly's Life Center
John Williams


Art Nitta
Atkinson, Anderson, Loya, Romo & Romo
Brandman University
Continental Food Management, Inc. - Wendy's
Cox Communications
Capital Bank - H. Kent Falk
Chris Harrington
City of Dana Point
Dr. Donald and Sandra Rickner
HUB International - Jeffrey Terry
Jason and Lisa Schmid
Schools First Credit Union
Systems Source & DIRTT
Orange County Department of Education
Partner, Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP

For sponsorship inquiries, please contact:

Erin McHenry, Director of Annual Giving and Development Services
Saddleback College Foundation
949-582-4481 |