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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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22nd Annual WCC Foundation Jerry Jernigan Memorial "Drive for Education" Golf Outing
Aug 17 2015
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
Last year the golf outing drove a true hole-in-one for our WCC students, raising $92,000! This year we are determined to raise the score! Mark your calendars for August 17, 2015 to participate. Visit the golf outing page for more information.
Mark Your Calendars to Experience the Annual WCC Foundation Women's Council Luncheon
Apr 21 2015
Morris Lawrence Building
The 19th annual luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 11:30am. Plan to attend to experience the heartfelt and inspiring stories and hear keynote speaker, Mary Sue Coleman, tell the rest of the story! Visit here to learn more about the luncheon and the work for the Women's Council.
All Had a Cajun Good Time, "Down on the Bayou"!
Feb 7 2015
Morris Lawrence Building
The Annual Mardi Gras Celebration took us "Down on t he Bayou" on February 7, 2015, for a foot stompin’ Cajun good time! View here a recap of this year’s event that raised over $110,000 for WCC students.

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