West Hills College Coalinga's annual "Coaches Vs Cancer Night," raising funds for the American Cancer Society, was named the top donation event for the 2017-18 basketball season among California community colleges.
The top four schools were presented with certificates at the California Community College Athletic Directors annual convention in Lake Tahoe on June 6.
WHCC generated $1,920 on Jan. 31 in a home victory against Merced College - through ticket and t-shirt sales, pledge cards, and concessions revenue donated by the Falcons' football program.
Other top CCCAA schools included Long Beach City College ($1,880), Pasadena City College ($1,700) and Citrus College ($1,038).
"Congratulations to West Hills College Coalinga and all of the participating schools in the CCCAA," said Cesley Tafoya, American Cancer Society's Strategic Director for Regional Sports and Entertainment in the West Region.
"Every donation counts towards making a difference in finding a cure for cancer and providing support for every local area of each community college."
WHCC associate dean of athletics Eric Mendoza accepted the award on behalf of the school. He is also the director of Coaches Vs Cancer CCCAA campaigns working with the men's and women's basketball coaches associations.
Since the 2010-11 season, WHCC has raised $11,590 - the second-highest total in the CCCAA and the most in Northern California.
"A large amount of credit goes to our coaches and staff members, including coach Mark Arce and senior secretary Gina Jason for promoting our Coaches Vs Cancer events and rallying support over the years," said Mendoza.
"We enjoy great athletic support in Coalinga and this recognition is for our local community as well. The WHCC athletic department will continue to support the American Cancer Society and its Coaches Vs Cancer campaign. We are already planning for next season's event."
CCCAA schools have raised more than $270,000 since the first season of campaigns started in 2010-11.
Photo, from Left to Right: Cesley Tafoya (American Cancer Society), Eric Mendoza (WHCC associate dean), Randy Totorp (Long Beach City College athletic director), Tony Barbone (Pasadena City College athletic director), Jeanne Calamar (CCCWBCA management council representative).