On Saturday, May 13, 2017, Hartnell College Foundation hosted its Eleventh Annual Party in the Library with this year’s theme of “Catalyze!” which truly created an incredible reaction for support of Hartnell College, its students, and programs.

This is one of Salinas Valley’s favorite events with large attendance each year and continuing to reaching new levels of fundraising in support of our students.  This year, Party in the Library raised over $400,000 in support of Hartnell College and the Foundation.  In its 11 years, Party has raised well over $3.5 million!

Party in the Library was presented by Sam Linder Auto Group. The night featured a cocktail greeting, delectable strolling dinner, featured a special performance from Mariana Vigueras, amazing auction, dancing to the Money Band, and most importantly the opportunity to make the educational dreams of Hartnell students come true.

Hartnell students, Elizabeth Madrigal, Priscilla Amao, and Jasmin Camba shared their personal educational journey and spoke of the impact Hartnell’s programs, student success scholarships, and career preparation internships have had in their lives.

Each year the event features the presentation of the Hartnell College Foundation’s Leadership Award honoring exceptional leaders who have exhibited significant effort and leadership on behalf of the Foundation, college, students and alumni. This year’s award was presented to local leaders Bob Martin and Cathy Schlumbrecht. The honorees were selected due to their community involvement, leadership and being monumental in their support of the college. They have both retired from their respective fields this year thus this award was timely for the deserving duo. Bob and Cathy have shown incredible generosity and commitment to the college and the students of the Salinas Valley.

The Hartnell College Foundation recognizes the Party Co-Chairs, Alfred Diaz-Infante, Kurt Gollnick and Susan Gill for their vision and dedication.  Special appreciation goes to the Party in the Library Committee for their leadership and to the community at large for supporting Party in the Library 2017.