Save the Date
The 17th Annual
Saddleback College Foundation Gala
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

2016 Saddleback College Foundation Gala

Mission Viejo, CA – More than 450 prominent members of the community, business leaders, elected officials, and college leadership attended the 16th Annual Saddleback College Foundation Gala on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point. The annual event raised record funds of more than $160,000 for student scholarships and college programs and featured a live and silent auction, dinner, gaming, and magic by Jim Eggold. Live music was provided by the Saddleback College Jazz Band and Commercial Music Ensemble. During the cocktail hour, Rancho Capistrano Winery hosted a wine tasting, and Spa Girls Cocktails hosted martinis for the guests.

Dr. Tod A. Burnett, president of Saddleback College, honored the 2016 Saddleback College Alumna of the Year, Michelle Desilets, who has been recognized around the globe for her work in the protection of endangered orangutans and their habitat. Michelle, who is the founder and executive director of Orangutan Land Trust, developed an interest in anthropology when she attended Saddleback College in the mid-eighties. Michelle and a fellow volunteer opened a rescue center in Central Borneo that is now the world’s largest primate rescue facility, and she later founded the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation UK and Orangutan Land Trust, which works to provide sustainable solutions for the long-term survival of the orangutan in the wild by ensuring safe areas of forest for its continued survival. Her organization was honored by the BBC Wildlife Trust as one of the top ten UK charities working to save wildlife globally.

Top Gala Sponsors: 

Presidential Sponsors -- Dr. Tod A. Burnett, Janet and Michael Hamilton, and Follett Bookstore Cardinal and Gold Sponsors -- C. W. Driver, Hudson Pacific Properties, City of Dana Point, Neudesic, LLC, and Capata & Co. Gaucho Sponsors -- AT&T, Audi Mission Viejo, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud and Romo, FLS International, Irvine Valley College, Rancho Mission Viejo and John Williams.

About Saddleback College Foundation:

The Saddleback College Foundation initiates and coordinates college and community fundraising in support of Saddleback College and its students. By raising funds for scholarships and other programs, which directly benefit students, the foundation is committed to increasing student success and the enhancing the excellent education offered by Saddleback College. Guided by a group of dedicated community leaders, the foundation strives to make higher education attainable for all in south Orange County.

Thank you to our Generous 2016 Gala Sponsors

Presidential Sponsors

Dr. Tod A. Burnett

Janet and Michael Hamilton

Cardinal and Gold Sponsors

City of Dana Point

Gaucho Sponsors

FLS International

John Williams

Table Sponsors


Senator Pat Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough

Cox Communications

Donald Greenspan

Edwards Lifesciences

Goodwill of Orange County

Dr. Jeanne Harris-Caldwell

HUB International - Jeffrey Terry

Liebert, Cassidy and Whitmore

PCL Construction

Perception Public Relations

Prendiville Insurance Agency

John and Emily Quinlan

Rutan and Tucker

Santa Margarita Water District

Jason and Lisa Schmid

Saddleback College Table Sponsors

Angels for the Arts

Associated Student Government

Division of Advanced Technology and Applied Science

Division of Community Education, Emeritus Institute and K-12 Partnerships

Division of Economic & Workforce Development and Business Science

Division of Kinesiology and Athletics

Division of Mathematics, Science and Engineering


Erin McHenry

Dr. Donald and Mrs. Sandra Rickner

'80s Saddleback College Alumni

SOCCCD Board of Trustees and Chancellor

Student Services

VETS Program