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Modesto Junior College

Foundation celebrates Golden Anniversary at annual Summer Sonata

The Modesto Junior College Foundation is celebrating its 50th Anniversary at this year’s Summer Sonata which is slated for Thursday, July 19 at Greens on Tenth, located at 947 10th Street in downtown Modesto. The elegant evening will feature dinner by Greens, a selection of fine wines and a program co-chaired by the Foundation’s first president, Ray Simon, and Maria Sheehan, president of MJC when the first Sonata was held.

The event, held in Green’s banquet facility, begins with a reception and silent auction at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 p.m.  After dinner there will be a program and a live auction.

The cost to attend is $150 per person and table sponsorships are available. Event proceeds benefit college programs, campus projects and student scholarships.

The Summer Sonata is the premier fundraiser for the Foundation and since its inception 22 years ago, it has provided more than $2 million for MJC student scholarships, program grants, equipment and educational activities not provided by the state.  A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 1968, the Foundation exists to generate financial support for and to increase community awareness of the students, programs, and activities of MJC.

To donate auction items or for information on sponsorship opportunities, contact George Boodrookas, MJC Foundation Executive Director, at (209) 575-6714 or To purchase Sonata tickets call the Foundation Office at (209) 575-6068.