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Dear donors and supporters,

Fall is officially upon us and with the changes that are notable in our surroundings, we also witness how our students are embracing their evolution as college undergraduates in search of a better future.

Hartnell College is here for students. The Hartnell College Foundation is also here to support the dreams of countless youth and adults of all ages who aspire to become experts or professionals in their chosen fields. This is why I do what I do! They inspire me to be better and to do more because the end result is beautiful.

This is why the Achieving the Dream Rally on August 25, 2023, was so important to me and to the entire campus community. We got to hear from students and one alumna directly about how Hartnell has or is opening doors of opportunities. They also talked about the challenges they face daily and how adjustments in their dreams are part of growing up. Just know that what you do is making a big difference in the lives of so many of our students.

Wishing you a great start to Fall!

Be well,

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

Pat knows a thing or two about giving back

Pat Donohue is best known at Hartnell College as a dedicated Board Trustee from 2007 to 2020. But she is also a supporter of the arts and women’s education.

“When I became a trustee, I became a donor to the Hartnell College Foundation,” she said. “Then I joined the Council for the Arts and met all these incredible students with talents that were displayed in different productions like the Music Extravaganza.”

Donohue retired from a 37-year career as Director of Parks and Community Service for the City of Watsonville. She found herself being bored at home and that’s when she decided to be a part of the Hartnell community.

She set up an IRA early on in her career and the time came for her to put into effect the required minimum distributions (RMDs). 

“When I found out I had to do this, it felt natural to support the arts and the Women’s Education and Leadership Institute (WELI) through the Hartnell College Foundation,” she said. “This allows me to give in amounts I am comfortable with while making an impact.”

Donohue is enjoying life. She has three stepchildren, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She is an avid reader and loves to garden, craft, and decorate. She is co-president of Soroptimist and is active at her church.

To learn more about how to make your IRA work and ideas on how you can support our mission, contact Vice President of Advancement and Development/Executive Director for the Foundation, Jackie Cruz at, or our Director of Philanthropy, Kristine Edmunds at

What will your legacy be?

If you are thinking about naming the Hartnell College Foundation in your estate plans, contact either 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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