Events

The KCC Foundation hosts several events each year supporting our scholarship students and thanking our generous donors and members of the KCC community. Check back often for upcoming event dates and times or contact us for more information.

Bruin Scholarship Open

A group photo of Bruin Scholarship Open organizer, sponsors and volunteers. When: Sept. 10, 2021
Where: Binder Park Golf Course, Battle Creek

On September 11, 2020, approximately 188 golfers enjoyed a fantastic day of friend-raising and fund-raising at the 23rd Annual Bruin Scholarship Open.  A total of $106, 225 was raised by participants and over 104 sponsors for student scholarships. The Foundation extends its deepest gratitude to all the contributors, partners, golfers, course staff and KCC crew who helped make this event such a success.  Click the 2020 Bruin Open Event Program to see a list of our amazing KCC Bruin supporters!

This annual signature event, one of the largest in the area, raises funds for the KCC Foundation General Scholarship Program. Since 1998, the Bruin Open has raised nearly $1.3 million from generous sponsors, donors and golfers. Many students’ lives have been impacted by the funds raised at this event. Students are able to take their first college steps at KCC or walk across the stage to receive their diploma. All because of the tremendous support for this event. At each Bruin Scholarship Open, we offer “start from your cart” service assisted by our dynamic athletic teams, super scramble golf, lunch, dinner, gift bags, raffles, game holes, putting contest and more.

Celebration of Donors & Scholars

This in-person event is canceled for 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Bid a Brighter Future

When: March 5, 2021
Where: Virtual/Hybrid
Time: to be determined

This annual KCC employee auction and raffle began in 2004 and nearly $160,000 has been contributed by KCC staff, faculty and administrators for the benefit of KCC student scholarship awards or emergency needs. Special activities such as a wine pull and games add to the excitement of the event that already features a silent auction of over 100 items, prize and cash raffles. The 2020 Bid a Brighter Future theme, “1980’s”, featured bright colors, great 1980’s trivia, and some fun throw back toys. Many thanks to the KCC employees and community who donated items, served on the committee, and helped raise over $10,800 for the Beyond Tuition Fund for student emergency needs and the Bruin Basket Initiative. To make a donation to this event for 2021, please complete this form and drop it off to the KCC Foundation office in Roll Building. Donations are being accepted on Monday’s from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Starfish Awards

The Starfish Award program was established in 1999 and is based on the classic Starfish Story of a young man who sees an old man picking up stranded starfish at the beach and throwing them back into the sea. The award recognizes a Kellogg Community College faculty or staff member who has played a significant role in a student’s educational career at KCC. Nominations are submitted by graduating KCC students in the spring and recipients are typically announced at the college’s annual commencement breakfast. In 2020, the winners were notified by video (see below).

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees:

  • Gerald Case-Blanchard, Faculty in Vocal Music, nominated by Jaden Brown
  • Steve Casselman, Faculty in Welding, nominated by Ben Gorton
  • Ronda Falknor, Adjunct Faculty in Business and IT, nominated by Clinton Pappas
  • John Hoye, Faculty in CET/Networking, nominated by Chester Dalski
  • Pat Kopf, Faculty in Math, nominated by Sierra Thurmond
  • Tim Krueger, Faculty in Industrial Technology, nominated by Kenneth Gilbert
  • Kimberly Madsen, Faculty in Business, nominated by Maryanne Eddy
  • Georgina Thomas, Faculty in Nursing, nominated by Mariam Ramadhani and Britney Hayes
  • Joe Vitanza, Faculty in Business, nominated by Karley Goodenough-Tyner
  • Jonathan Williams, Faculty in Political Science, nominated by Maria Beltran-Lujano

2020 Starfish Award Winners

  • Nursing Instructor Melissa Burke, nominated by Christina Valles and Devon Bogdan
  • Director of Nursing Education Elizabeth Fluty, nominated by Hilary Anthony
  • Librarian Rebekah Love, nominated by Amy Dowd
  • Director of Public Safety Education Robert Miller, nominated by Tristen Rivera
  • OIT Professor Thomas Rose, nominated by Matthew Gipson
  • Dental Hygiene Professor Stacey Schramm, nominated by Kaitlyn Watz