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Gift Legacy eNewsletter 1/25/23

Dear donors and supporters,

We continue to celebrate you and the power of philanthropy; with this in mind, I invite you to be a part of one of our signature events where philanthropy is witnessed in a lively way: The Women’s Education & Leadership Institute Spring Soirée on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at Hartnell College. Tickets are available by clicking HERE.

This event will bring together business and community leaders to support the Women’s Education & Leadership Institute (WELI). Join us in promoting the economic prosperity of women through higher education. This important event will fund the WELI endowment, ensuring this invaluable support is available to the women of this community for generations to come.

WELI was founded in early 2011 by community leaders who saw a need to advance the education and economic status of women and families in Monterey County. The WELI program consists of summer leadership training, an on-campus, student-led WELI club, a powerful mentorship with community leaders, and a $2,500 financial award per student, making this a life-changing experience.

The WELI Soiree will be held in the Willard Lewallen STEM Center from 1:30 to 4:00 PM. The program will be emceed by Public Affairs Rep., Corporate Affairs for Chevron, Andrea Bailey, with the following special speakers:

Lina Gomez
Co-Founder of Genesis Freightlines and Maid In America

Esmeralda Owen
Principal, Precious Stone PR INC.

Sandi Eason
COO, Pacific Valley Bank
Time Management

Drea Blackwell
Sports Director, KSBW
Breaking Barriers

Tama Bistrian
Chief Accounting Officer, Taylor Fresh Foods, Inc.
Alla Zeltser
Principal and Fundraising Guru, Alla & Co.
Forging Friendships

I am excited to share this line-up with you! Statistics show that supporting WELI scholars in their education will help these women become more financially self-sufficient and pursue meaningful careers. Also of note, a mother’s education level is a strong indicator of the success her daughters and sons will have as adults.

Since its inception in 2011, the WELI program has graduated more than 250 scholars and granted approximately $500,000 in scholarships.

Mix and Mingle • Sip Bubbles • Enjoy Tasty Delights • Be Inspired

As always, thank you for being wonderful supporters!

Jackie Cruz
Vice President, Advancement and Development
Executive Director, Hartnell College Foundation
(831) 444-2446

What will your legacy be?

If you are thinking about naming the Hartnell College Foundation in your estate plans, contact our Vice President of Advancement and Development/Executive Director for the Foundation, Jackie Cruz at or call (831) 444-2446 or our Director of Philanthropy, Kristine Edmunds at or by phone at (831) 755-6903. To make a gift in support of Hartnell students, go to:

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