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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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Feb 7 2015
Morris Lawrence Building
The Annual WCC Foundation Mardi Gras Celebration takes us "Down on the Bayou" on February 7, 2015, so mark your calendars to be a part of what is sure to be a foot stompin' time! View here a recap of last year's event that helped raise more than $100,000 for WCC students.
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Aug 19 2014
Fox Hills Golf & Banquet Center
Our 21st annual golf outing drove a true hole-in-one for our WCC students, raising $92,000! Visit golf outing page for more information.
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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