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Wayne and Maureen Johnson Stepping Up
Wayne and Maureen Johnson Stepping Up

College of the Desert Foundation couldn't have asked for better role models or benefactors. Both Wayne and Maureen Johnson started their higher education in the California Community College system before going on to complete their degrees at four-year universities.

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Deserving scholarship recipients meet their generous scholarship donors.
Deserving scholarship recipients meet their generous scholarship donors.

College of the Desert Foundation and the Office of Financial Aid are hosting a Scholarship Reception, February 11, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Cravens Student Services Center. 

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Mary Silver Stepped Up For COD
Mary Silver Stepped Up For COD

Thank you  Mary Silver for hosting her “Come and get acquainted with the Jewel of the Desert – College of the Desert” event this past January 17, 2013.

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Chili Cook-Off Heats Up Donor Giving. $60,000 raised.
Chili Cook-Off Heats Up Donor Giving. $60,000 raised.

The 2012 Chili cook-off raised more than $60,000 for scholarships and student support services through COD Foundation.

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Thank You To President's Circle and Business Council Members
Thank You To President's Circle and Business Council Members

This year's President's Circle and Business council Recognition was a beautiful evening hosted by Jim Carona and Chip Tom at Heather James Fine Art. The event was catered by Lulu’s California Bistro with music provided by the College of the Desert Jazz Septet. Members enjoyed amazing art as well as meeting COD's new President Dr. Joel L. Kinnamon. 

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Rotary Club of Coachella East improving education in eastern Coachella Valley.
Rotary Club of Coachella East improving education in eastern Coachella Valley.

College of the Desert Foundation is proud to have a community partner in the Rotary Club of Coachella East. The club's community service focus is helping improve literacy and education advancement in the eastern Coachella Valley.

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COD students influence $200,000  Charles Yates Endowment to College of the Desert
COD students influence $200,000 Charles Yates Endowment to College of the Desert

If a single person can change the world, imagine how six College of the Desert (COD) students made a lasting impression on Charles “Chuck” Yates. 

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Southern California Edison Steps Up For COD
Southern California Edison Steps Up For COD

Edison International awarded COD Foundation a $25,000 grant in support of general scholarships for low-income, first-generation college students at College of the Desert.

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Windermere Real Estate Southern California Establishes Student Scholarships
Windermere Real Estate Southern California Establishes Student Scholarships

College of the Desert Foundation welcomes Windermere Real Estate Southern California into our family of businesses making a difference in higher education by setting up a scholarship fund for COD student success.

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Alumni Step Up With Year End Ask
Alumni Step Up With Year End Ask

As COD alumni, we know the power of education to change lives. Now we're giving back. Join us.

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December's Featured Donors
December's Featured Donors

Diane and Neal Denkler – Paying it Forward With COD Foundation.

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Our Featured Donors Know First Hand The Difference Community Colleges Can Make
Our Featured Donors Know First Hand The Difference Community Colleges Can Make

COD Foundation is proud to welcome Dr. Myron and Mrs. Joanne Mintz to our family of donors and higher education supporters. 

 
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Wells Fargo Foundation Awards Donation of $75,000
Wells Fargo Foundation Awards Donation of $75,000

Wells Fargo Foundation recently awarded College of the Desert Foundation a donation of $75,000 to be used toward college priorities developed by faculty and administration

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Angels Celebrate 30 Years and Raise $42,000
Angels Celebrate 30 Years and Raise $42,000

The Academic Angels (formerly COD Auxiliary) celebrated their 30th anniversary last month with a festive luncheon at The Club at Morningside.

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Deep Canyon Tennis Club Friends Veterans Scholarship Fund Needs Your Help With Match
Deep Canyon Tennis Club Friends Veterans Scholarship Fund Needs Your Help With Match

Four College of the Desert military veterans received $1,000 scholarships during an end-of-the-season party at Deep Canyon Tennis Club in Palm Springs. But that was just a start as $15,000 match challenge was issued...

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Outgoing COD Foundation President Donna Jean Darby
Outgoing COD Foundation President Donna Jean Darby

When it comes to making a difference, outgoing College of the Desert Foundation President Donna Jean Darby is in a class by herself. Determined and quietly effective, she has proven to be a powerful agent for change.

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One Program Helping Students Succeed: Solutions Kiosk
One Program Helping Students Succeed: Solutions Kiosk

The Solutions kiosk was a concept and instruction plan of Dr. Kelly Hall, Associate Professor of Business and Robert Holmes, Professor of Business. This unique campus store opened in 2011

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Friends of the COD Library Contribute $45,000
Friends of the COD Library Contribute $45,000

COD Foundation was presented a check for $45,000 from the Friends of the College of the Desert Library to be used for

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Season Kick-Off Reception Highlighted Many COD Programs and Services
Season Kick-Off Reception Highlighted Many COD Programs and Services

The 2015 Season Kick-Off Reception was a chance for members of President’s Circle and Academic Angels and their guests to meet

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So Very Thankful - COD Foundation
So Very Thankful - COD Foundation

This year we have much for which to be thankful.

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New Donor And COD Foundation's Newest Board Member
New Donor And COD Foundation's Newest Board Member

He's always had a mind for finance and keen eyes set to the future, now Vernon Kozlen is bringing his heart full of passion to help higher education and student success at College of the Desert.

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She Broke Many Barriers In Her Career. Now, She's Helping Break Barriers For Students At COD
She Broke Many Barriers In Her Career. Now, She's Helping Break Barriers For Students At COD

COD Foundation Receives $50,000 donation from Norma Kleinschmidt in Support Student Success Initiatives at College of the Desert

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HALF WAY THERE: Grants, Gifts and Events Like Stepping Out For COD Raised $1.2 Million For Student Success
HALF WAY THERE: Grants, Gifts and Events Like Stepping Out For COD Raised $1.2 Million For Student Success

In a little over a year, thanks to events like Stepping Out for COD and additional support from grants and individual gifts, we have raised just over half of our $2.4 million goal to support student success at College of the Desert.

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$25,000 Gift Opens the Door
$25,000 Gift Opens the Door

The Annexstad Family Foundation - helping support the bright minds and big dreams of veterans at College of the Desert.

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Academic Angels Spring Luncheon Raises $25,000 for the Kitchen Garden at COD
Academic Angels Spring Luncheon Raises $25,000 for the Kitchen Garden at COD

COD Foundation Academic Angels Spring Bloom Luncheon was in full bloom April 11, 2016 at the Blossoming Gardens at Toscana Country Club...

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A Heartfelt Thank You From A Student To Donors of COD Foundation
A Heartfelt Thank You From A Student To Donors of COD Foundation

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Donor/Student Scholarship Reception at College of the Desert. I was beyond amazed. It was a magical culmination of community.

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$20,800 Donation for Student Scholarships
$20,800 Donation for Student Scholarships

COD Foundation recently received a gift of $20,800 from the Roatry Club of Indian Wells for student scholarships at College of the Desert.

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Saying Goodbye To Patrick McCarthy
Saying Goodbye To Patrick McCarthy

College of the Desert Foundation mourns the loss of a wonderful friend and avid supporter of students, COD Foundation and higher education College of the Desert. Patrick McCarthy died Tuesday, February 10, 2017, from complications due to cancer and a virus infection. 

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New observatory and telescope help students aim high in their education and career goals.
New observatory and telescope help students aim high in their education and career goals.

The skies are unlimited for learning at College of the Desert’s East Valley Campus in Mecca/Thermal. A new observatory and telescope will help students reach for the stars when it comes to their higher education and career goals. 

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Bob and Mike Pollock's $1.2 Million Makes a Creative Impact
Bob and Mike Pollock's $1.2 Million Makes a Creative Impact

The screenwriting team of Robert Mason “Bob” Pollock and wife Eileen “Mike” Pollock left their mark on College of the Desert in a big way…

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Remembering Pattie Daly Caruso
Remembering Pattie Daly Caruso

All of us at the COD Foundation family were saddened to learn of the sudden loss of a long-time advocate and supporter of College of The Desert. 

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Mr.& Mrs. Hal Gershowitz Stepped Up for COD
Mr.& Mrs. Hal Gershowitz Stepped Up for COD

Mr.& Mrs. Hal Gershowitz, passionate champions of College of the Desert, opened their beautiful home at BIGHORN Golf Club, on March 13 in support of President’s Circle and the College.

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Cruise With COD Foundation
Cruise With COD Foundation

A deluxe cruise with proceeds going to College of the Desert, Rancho Mirage Public Library and the Virginia Waring International Piano Competition is being planned by a group of local philanthropists.

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Terry Weiner, Owner, Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers, Steps Up For COD
Terry Weiner, Owner, Leeds & Son Fine Jewelers, Steps Up For COD

For me, College of the Desert is high on the list, providing outstanding opportunities for Coachella Valley residents to study for that dream career and then move into the local workforce. 

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Get Your Tickets: Barry Manilow's GIFT OF LOVE concerts include College of the Desert as beneficiary.
Get Your Tickets: Barry Manilow's GIFT OF LOVE concerts include College of the Desert as beneficiary.

Starting June 1, College of the Desert Foundation supporters will be able to gain access to a very special group of tickets to Barry Manilow's GIFT OF LOVE concerts at the McCallum Theatre.

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Barry Manilow Steps Up His Giving For COD
Barry Manilow Steps Up His Giving For COD

College of the Desert Foundation is proud to feature Barry Manilow as our Donor of the month. Without doubt, Barry is one of the valley’s most beloved artists, supporters and philanthropists.

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Welcome New President's Circle Members
Welcome New President's Circle Members

We are proud to welcome 25 new members to the President's Circle. Our members invest their ideas, talents, creativity and expertise for the benefit of the college and community. We hope you'll consider joining President's Circle too. 

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Patrick and Edeltraud McCarthy - Outstanding College of the Desert Foundation Supporters
Patrick and Edeltraud McCarthy - Outstanding College of the Desert Foundation Supporters

Patrick and Edeltraud McCarthy are two of the “quietest” benefactors in our desert community. All who know them are truly overwhelmed with their involvement...

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Barry Manilow Scholarship Established at COD.
Barry Manilow Scholarship Established at COD.

The singer who writes the songs that “make the whole world sing” has Stepped Up For COD to establish the Barry Manilow Scholarship at College of the Desert Foundation and expand access to arts, education and music for local students at COD.

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Donors Step Up to Support COD Student Chefs at Fashion Week 2012
Donors Step Up to Support COD Student Chefs at Fashion Week 2012

Thanks to donors like you, College of the Desert's Culinary Program along with its aspiring student chefs helped make one of El Paseo's Fashion Week 2012 events a big success.

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Rick & Marcia Stein New President's Cirlcle Members
Rick & Marcia Stein New President's Cirlcle Members

Rick and I are part-time desert residents and full-time supporters of College of the Desert. We are proud to support COD and lead the membership campaign for the COD Foundation.

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Mark Nickerson - COD Foundation Board Member and President's Circle Donor
Mark Nickerson - COD Foundation Board Member and President's Circle Donor

Mark Nickerson is the Managing Partner of Prime Time International. Based in the Coachella Valley since 1997 (with roots dating to 1987), the company is the largest year-round grower, packer and shipper of multi-colored peppers in the United States

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