Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Community College AlumniFest: A ticket to celebrate

For the second year in a row, community college alum in San Diego and Imperial counties have a big reason to celebrate and to have more fun than you can shake a hockey stick at. On Saturday, March 25, community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties are throwing Community College AlumniFest, hosted by California Coast Credit Union and the San Diego Gulls hockey club.

Community College AlumniFest will feature a pregame Bud Light Tailgate bash beginning at 5 p.m. followed by the Gulls vs. the Bakersfield Condors at 7 p.m. for just $10, about half the price of a regular ticket. And for those who are game at trying their luck, everyone who buys an AlumniFest ticket will get a chance to win airfare for two and a four-day stay at a Caribbean resort in the Dominican Republic. Participants need not be present to win and the results will be announced the following day via email.

Anyone who took even a single community college class is considered an alum and is welcome to join the fun, along with family and friends, at Valley View Casino Center, at 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., in San Diego.

Attendees will be able to connect with community college friends at the AlumniFest pregame party in the north entry parking lot that will feature family-friendly games, giveaways and prizes, a Kid Zone, $5 Bud Lights, food for purchase from the neighboring Banzai Bar, and more. New this year is the exclusive on-ice suite ticket for $100 per person, which reserves a coveted on-ice spectator seat behind glass with access to the private Stella Artois Lounge. Parking is $15, cash only. Go to the San Diego MTS trip planner for assistance with taking public transit.

AlumniFest is hosted by California Coast Credit Union and the San Diego Gulls Hockey Club and is made possible with the support of additional sponsors, including Wendy’s.

“This is a fun and easy-on-the-wallet way for people to show their pride and support of the community colleges in our region that have opened opportunities and changed the lives of so many,” said Erich Foeckler, executive director of development of the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges.

Local community colleges are: Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges in East County; City, Mesa, Miramar colleges, along with San Diego Continuing Education, in the city of San Diego; Southwestern College in South County; and MiraCosta and Palomar colleges in North County. Imperial Valley College is in Imperial County.

Tickets are nonrefundable and are selling exclusively online at www.alumnifest.org

For more information, contact Kerri Ewing at kerri.ewing@gcccd.edu or call (619) 644-7883.