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Heritage Society

The Heritage Society is comprised of extraordinary individuals who have committed major resources to the future health and viability of State Center Community College Foundation.

Heritage Members are a prestigious group of donors who have given $100,000 or more cumulatively in support of scholarships, academic programs and capital campaigns.

Legacy Circle Members are individuals who have graciously included State Center Community College Foundation in their estate plans. There are many tax-advantage ways to benefit the Foundation in your estate plan to include:

  1. Naming State Center Community College Foundation as a beneficiary in a Will or Living Trust.
  2. Making a gift of cash or appreciated securities to establish a charitable gift annuity with the Foundation.
  3. Creating a charitable lead trust or charitable remainder trust (CRT) and naming the Foundation as a beneficiary.
  4. Naming State Center Community College Foundation as the beneficiary of a paid life insurance policy, retirement account or IRA charitable rollover.

The Legacy Circle and Heritage Membership Societies were created to recognize these special individuals, whose planned gifts and tremendous generosity ensures a prosperous future for our students in giving them the opportunity to study, learn and become our leaders of tomorrow.

November 10, 2016, at the Heritage Society Dinner, the Foundation was privileged to honor three exceptional philanthropists — Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU), Minoru and Rinko Yoshioka (posthumously), and Terry Barthuli at our Heritage Society event held at Fort Washington Country Club. These extraordinary donors have committed major resources to State Center Community College Foundation either through gifts in their estate, current donations to help fund projects, scholarships or programs or have established endowments to support students in perpetuity.

We are very grateful to these honorees for their investment in our students. EECU was honored for their cumulative giving of more than $730,000 in support of scholarships, academic programs and capital campaigns. Joyce Yamaguchi, Executor of the Minoru and Rinko Yoshioka Estate graciously accepted our gratitude for the Yoshioka estate gift in the amount of $342,000. Per the Yoshioka’s wishes, the gift was combined with their previously endowed nursing scholarship they established in 2009 for nursing students attending Fresno City College.

The last honoree of the night was newly inducted Honored Board member, Terry Barthuli. Terry is a remarkable person who has shown throughout the years her dedication in helping students work to achieve their academic goals and in helping them become leaders in our communities. She served on the Foundation board for more than 15 years and was voted upon this year to become a distinguished Honored Board member. Terry joins an elite group of previous board members who have made a difference in the history of the Foundation and continue to assist and help guide the Foundation in supporting students for future generations to come.

The night ended on a wonderful note when Terry announced during her speech that she and Wally (husband) have established a planned gift in the amount of $100,000 allocated to Reedley College.

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