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Kathy Sanderson loves creating an image from an idea. When she learned about the opportunity to develop a look for the 21st Annual Mardi Gras, "Rendezvous in Rio," for her graphic design class, she dove right in. But then she got sick and missed a few classes.

"I worked on it at home, but I didn't have the class feedback and I couldn't see what the others were doing," remembers Sanderson.

The class had been given words like fun, colorful, and energetic to help them create their works. And maybe it was because Sanderson was at home, without outside influences that she came up with a unique design of a silhouetted showgirl that made both her instructor and Rose Bailey, WCC Foundation event coordinator for the Mardi Gras, take notice.

"When I saw Kathy's work it popped out at me as the perfect image of what Mardi Gras in Rio is all about," says Bailey. "It was vivid, with a sense of joyful abandon that comes to mind when thinking about Brazil."

The showgirl set the stage for the 400 guests as they got ready to party in Rio.

"I was happy to try and put a little extra effort into the project because it was for the WCC Foundation. They had supported me in the past with a scholarship and it was meaningful to me to give something back," says Sanderson.

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Approved by Board of Directors March 9, 2010
Next Annual WCC Foundation Jerry Jernigan Memorial "Drive for Education" Golf Outing
Aug 18 2014
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
Join us at this 21st annual golf outing as we again honor Jerry's passion to help many WCC students have a brighter future. Visit golf outing page for more information. Read more on Next Annual WCC Foundation Jerry Jernigan Memorial "Drive for Education" Golf Outing
Thank You for Visiting the Island With Us!
Feb 12 2014
Morris Lawrence Building
This year's Mardi Gras helped raise more than $100,000 for WCC students. Thanks to all who came out in the snow and slush to enjoy our island warmth. Stay tuned for photos which we will post soon!
Judith Hommel Emergency Fund
Feb 11 2014
The Foundation has received several inquiries about how to make a contribution to the Judith Hommel Emergency Fund. For online gifts, visit the Make a Gift link at the top left of this page. Be sure to note in the "gift designation" box that the gift should be applied to the Judith Hommel Emergency Fund. Read more on Judith Hommel Emergency Fund

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