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TMCC Foundation Events

Past Events

2018: Beatles and Beer Fundraiser


On Thursday, Oct. 18, the TMCC community came together to celebrate an evening of Beatles and Beer, featuring music and history to benefit students in the TMCC Culinary, Visual and Performing Arts programs.

The lively and entertaining event featured a special reveal of Peaches and Cream brew from event sponsor Great Basin Brewing Company, a presentation by BBC photographer and Beatles historian, Ian Wright and music and vocals performed by the TMCC Concert Band and performers from the TMCC Theatrer's upcoming Wedding Singer play.

Funds from the event's ticket sales, live auction of Ian Wright's Beatles photography and silent auction of TMCC student artwork will directly benefit TMCC students.

2018: 9th Annual Legacy Scholarship Reception

On Friday, Oct. 5, the TMCC Foundation hosted the 9th Annual Legacy Scholarship Reception in the V. James Eardley Student Services Center on the Dandini Campus. This event provides scholarship recipients and donors with the unique opportunity to connect, and for donors to hear directly from students about how their gift has made a difference.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, the TMCC Foundation raised $740,300 in support of scholarships, and awarded $734,984 to 557 students.

2017: 8th Annual Legacy Scholarship Reception

On October 6th, the TMCC Foundation hosted the 8th Annual Legacy Scholarship Reception presented by AT&T and Lewis Management Corporation, in the V. James Eardley Student Services Center on the Dandini Campus. This event provides a unique opportunity for scholarship donors and recipients to connect, and for donors to hear directly from students about how their gift has made a difference.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, the TMCC Foundation has awarded a record number of scholarships, totaling more than $636,000.

2017: Frank N. Bender Center for Applied Logistics Management Ribbon Cutting

CALM Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday, April 13 the TMCC Foundation held a Ribbon Cutting for the Frank N. Bender Center for Applied Logistics Management.

“To honor Frank N. Bender, the Bender family has donated a generous gift in support of students who are working toward their AAS or BAS at TMCC in Applied Logistics Management, and in support of a new physical center for students and local businesses to use as a resource and hub,” said Gretchen Sawyer, executive director of the TMCC Foundation.

The Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) projects that jobs in the operations and logistics sector will continue persistently strong growth from 90,000 jobs in 2016 to 108,600 jobs in 2024—opening careers for thousands in Nevada.

2016: 7th Annual Legacy Scholarship Reception

Legacy Scholarship

On Friday, Oct. 7 the TMCC Foundation hosted the 7th Annual Legacy Scholarship Reception sponsored by AT&T and Lewis Management Corporation with over 500 people in attendance. The event allowed scholarship recipients and their donors to connect, creating a sense of community for the College.

To date, the TMCC Foundation has awarded nearly $500,000 and 457 scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year.

2016: Veterans Resource Center Grand Opening

Foundation People with President

On Monday, Oct. 3, TMCC held the grand opening celebration of the Veterans Resource Center. The Center, which officially opened in 2014, had recently moved into a bigger space to accommodate the growing veteran population at TMCC.

The Center provides quiet study areas, a mentorship program, a Leadership Academy, and other resources to help veterans adjust to both civilian and college life.

2016: Food, Wine and the Future!

Food, Wine and the Future!

On Thursday, Sept. 22 TMCC hosted its first Food, Wine and the Future event, chaired by Bruce and Nora James, at the William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center. Eight major technology-driven enterprises including Ardagh Group, Bender Group, Click Bond, Flirtey, NOW Foods, NV Energy, Renown and Tesla showcased their companies and products amongst the 200 business and thought leaders in attendance.

TMCC's culinary program provided the food and TMCC technology-driven programs provided demonstrations. The College raised $30,000 in scholarships and $70,000 for program support.

2016: Ribbon Cutting at William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center

On Tuesday, Sept. 20, the renovation and expansion of TMCC’s William N. Pennington Applied Technology Center was celebrated.

Visitors got an inside look at this state-of-the-art building and were able to see how it has been renewed and extended to meet workforce and economic development needs in our region. Guests were invited to tour the facilities to see just how the building will benefit its users.

2016: Reception Honoring Acting TMCC President, Dr. Kyle Dalpe

Dalpe Reception

On Tuesday, June 14, the TMCC Foundation hosted an afternoon reception recognizing J. Kyle Dalpe, PhD for his leadership as acting president of TMCC from December 2015–June 15, 2016. Dr. Dalpe’s photo will be hung in the Presidents’ Gallery along with the eight other former presidents of TMCC.

The event was emceed by TMCC Foundation Board Member, Rod Sanford and a number of speakers, including Regent Jason Geddes, PhD and former SGA President, Spencer Schultz, who provided glowing remarks for Dr. Dalpe’s service to the College and for his tireless support of students.

2016: Employee Donor Recognition Reception

On Tuesday, March 15, TMCC faculty and staff who donate to the College attended a reception to be recognized for their generosity in support of TMCC students and programs. Delicious food was served in the Golden Frog Restaurant. During 2015, employee donors contributed nearly $25,000 in support of scholarships and programs at TMCC.

2015: Maria Sheehan's Retirement Reception

Maria Sheehan's Retirement Reception

TMCC President Maria Sheehan's Retirement Reception was held on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Her many contributions during her eight years as president of Truckee Meadows Community College were recognized in front of a large turnout by the TMCC faculty and staff, family, friends and valued community members.

The program included highlights from her career at TMCC, along with special emphasis on her most recent philanthropic endeavors with the Casa Providencia Orphanage in Panama.

We thank all of you who attended the event to wish her well. For those who were not able to attend, we hope that you will enjoy viewing some of the following captured images from the evening’s festivities.

In lieu of a gift, please consider making a contribution to the Dr. Maria Sheehan endowment for TMCC's Performing Arts Programs.

President's Gallery

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, the TMCC Foundation held a celebration honoring our current and former presidents. TMCC paid special tribute to former interim President Rita Huneycutt, who recently passed away. The College community, VIPs, donors and the family and friends of Dr. Huneycutt attended.

The new gallery installation is located on the 2nd floor of the Red Mountain Building, in the foyer in front of rooms 255/256.

2015: Evening at the Theater


A private reception was held at the Nell J. Redfield Performing Arts Theater on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. The event brought together members in the local community with a passion for the arts.

The program included live entertainment performed by TMCC’s Performing Arts students complete with a delightful champagne and wine reception to follow. Our attendees enjoyed special gifts upon their departure, each handmade by TMCC’s art students.

The evening was designed to raise awareness for the need for a contemporary performing arts center and lecture space on TMCC’s Dandini Campus.

2015: Health Science Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon Cutting

TMCC presented a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 at 1 p.m. for the new William N. Pennington Health Science Center at TMCC's Redfield site.

Thanks to the generosity of the William N. Pennington Foundation, the Nell J. Redfield Foundation, the Herb and Maxine S. Jacobs Foundation, The Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation, and many other generous donors, for making possible the design and construction of this state-of-the-art facility for TMCC's students.

About 120 students were on hand to show their appreciation to the donors and attendees. Wizard the Lizard, TMCC's mascot, mingled with the guests and was available for photo ops.

Members of the community are invited to schedule a visit and tour the William N. Pennington Health Science Center facility. Please contact Kathy Koehler for further information.

2015: 6th Annual Legacy Scholarship Reception

Legacy Event

The TMCC Foundation hosted our 6th Annual Legacy Scholarship event on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015.

This spectacular, private invitation event is one that TMCC is most proud to host.

At the event, our 2015-16 scholarship recipients were publicly awarded scholarships to assist in funding their educational careers. This event honors students, while providing our valued donors the opportunity to experience first hand how their generous gifts impact our students’ educational advancement.