Award-winning broadcast journalist Pat Harvey will address the San Gabriel Valley Alumnae Panhellenic at its benefit luncheon, “Dollars for Scholars” at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 14 at the Santa Anita Golf Club in Arcadia.
This is the seventh year the “Dollars for Scholars” luncheon has been held with net proceeds used to provide merit scholarships to young women high school graduates who opt to attend a four-year college or university.
Harvey, whose television anchoring, investigative reporting and documentaries have garnered 18 Emmy Awards and five Golden Mikes over her 20 year career, is a co-founder the Good News Foundation. The Good News Foundation also raises funds for young college women, but its focus is on aspiring journalists. Her appearance at this luncheon is a continuance of her interest in promoting higher education among women.
The luncheon supports efforts of the San Gabriel Valley Alumnae Panhellenic in its scholarship program. In the past, the program has provided monetary awards to close to 200 high school senior women. The award program began in 1939, though the luncheon event was started in 2005.
Chair of the event, Margie Totten, says, “We are delighted that Pat Harvey has accepted our invitation to speak to our group. Ms. Harvey is a popular co-anchor and has an extraordinary background in broadcast journalism. With a distinguished career and her willingness to reach out to college women makes her an ideal speaker.”
The group’s merit-based scholarship winners last year were Aubrey Closson, Mayfield Senior School; Emily McQuaid, Arcadia High School, Laura Barrero, La Salle High School; Sabrina Consiglio, Arcadia High School; and Allison Anne Forillo, La Salle High School. Each young woman received a cash award of $1,000. Net proceeds of the “Dollars for Scholars” luncheon will be used to continue the scholarship award program.
The event will be held at the Sunset Room of the Santa Anita Golf Club, 405 S. Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia. Tickets for the luncheon are $40 and can be purchased by calling (626) 355-1376.
The “Dollars for Scholars” committee includes Chair Totten, Debbie Anderson, Sally Butler, Betty Giles, Kathleen Kerger, Sandy Killian, Rita Lopez, Pat Myers, Teddy Oldham, Gay Place, Rosemary Plamondon, Benita Schwartz, Bev Street, Lauragene Swenson, Jean Weiss, Marty Wetzel, Jane Lynn and Alise Ralston.