GateWay Community College is gearing up for its annual gala, the 8th Annual Runway to Success, on Friday, Sept. 29, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. This critical fundraiser will be held at The Clayton House, 3719 N. 75th St., in Scottsdale.

An initiative that has seen tremendous support over the years, the event plays a crucial role in generating funds that bolster the college’s programs, provide scholarships, and ensure student success and retention. The evening, hosted by Event Chair Lisa Andrus and emceed by Carey Pena, will offer guests an immersive experience with a silent auction, dinner, and a unique segment where GateWay students take center stage. Through their stories, attendees will hear firsthand how GateWay transformed their educational dreams into tangible realities.

For over half a century, GateWay Community College, a celebrated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), has been a beacon for education and workforce training. The institution, where over 50% of the students identify as Hispanic/Latinx, offers a vast selection of over 160 degrees and certificates tailored to diverse interests, passions, and schedules.

Ann Blatté, the development director at GateWay, expresses her hopes for a strong turnout this year, emphasizing the event’s significance. “Our students’ stories underscore their incredible journeys and the heights they’ve reached with their education at
GateWay. We’re eager to showcase these successes and raise funds to help develop tomorrow’s workforce.”

With a commendable economic impact of $85 million, GateWay propels over 1,500 graduates into the workforce annually. The college is especially recognized for its programs in nursing, healthcare, apprenticeships, and trades, which often lead to lucrative careers without the need for a four-year degree.

The impact of GateWay’s programs on its students is profound, as exemplified by alumna Robbie Mathews-Pierce. Having navigated her academic journey at GateWay, Mathews-Pierce achieved her associate in applied science in radiologic technology and subsequently completed her bachelor’s at Grand

Canyon University. Today, she is employed as a radiologic technologist at HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center, attributing her success to GateWay’s comprehensive approach to education and abundant scholarship opportunities.

The upcoming Runway to Success is anticipated to be a highlight of the season, with its vibrant ambiance, touching student accounts, and the imperative mission to augment educational backing for future professionals.

For those interested in attending, tickets for the event start at $125, with sponsorship opportunities commencing at $1,500.

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