ECC Foundation Gala

2022 ECC Foundation Gala

We are thrilled to announce the Elgin Community College Foundation’s 2022 Gala: Dare to Dream presented by OTTO, raised more than $110,000 in support of ECC students, including funding for scholarships and mini-grants for innovative faculty projects. 

More than 200 guests attended the event which featured several student performances as well as a showcase of some of the different career pathways that ECC offers. The EYSO/Hanson String Quartet opened the evening reception while guests were able to visit instructor / student-led demonstrations.  Automotive, Culinary Arts, Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Nursing, Ophthalmic Technician, and Performing Arts were all represented.  During the program, a demonstration about creating and decorating cake pops was given by the ECC Culinary Arts department led by instructor James Guzzaldo and students Narisha Lara and Tanya Teeter. Attendees left the event with a cake pop and the ability to make them at home.

The event was emcee’d by Gala Committee Co-Chairs Robin Seigle, Foundation Board Member, and Dr. Linda Hefferin, ECC Professor Emerita, with Guest Speakers Dr. Eric Larson, Foundation Chair, and Corey Dixon, Elgin City Councilman. During the evening’s events, multiple recognition awards were presented and ECC President David Sam, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M., shared a state of the college update. The program also included ECC student scholars, Laureano Escobar and Sierra Edwards, who both spoke on the personal impact of what it has meant to be a recipient of a Foundation scholarship and a beneficiary of community generosity. 

The gala honored recipients of the 2022 ECC Foundation Awards:  

  • ECC Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award: Kayla Chase, PhD, ‘06
  • ECC Esteemed Recent Alumni Award: Jacob Arndt, ‘13
  • ECC Friend of Education Award: Tom Roeser, President, OTTO Engineering
  • Exceptional Friend of the ECC Foundation Award: Jeanne Sigman
  • ECC President’s Lasting Impact Award: John Duffy, ECC Trustee & JPMorgan Chase

Please look at the videos and photos (coming soon) of the 2022 Gala. 


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Thank you again to our 2022 ECC Foundation Gala Presenting and Premier Sponsors. Please save the date for next year's Gala; Saturday, September 23, 2023!

Presenting Sponsor

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Premier Sponsors


              IHC Construction Companies, LLC, Lundstrom Insurance, Middleby