ECC Foundation Gala

2021 ECC Foundation Gala

Stay tuned for more details on the 2021 ECC Foundation Gala to be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at the Q Center in St. Charles, Illinois. 

2020 ECC Foundation Gala Highlights

  • Goal
  • $100,000
  • Amount Raised
  • $107,904
  • Students Funded
  • 107
  • Number of Donors
  • 162


Last year's Gala was a success! With nearly 200 registrants and many more attendees, the live virtual event that took place on Saturday, October 17, allowed the Foundation to surpass its goal of raising over $100,000 for the Student Success Fund by the end of 2020. The Foundation raised nearly $40,000 that night, pushing the overall Student Success Fund total to over $108,000 raised! A huge thank you to all that attended, participated, and helped us achieve our goal. We would not be where we are today without our supportive community, sponsors, and donors.

The event also delivered a heartfelt State of the College from Dr. Sam, an uplifting program of talented student performances, and a flurry of colorful face masks in our audience. We also featured several ECC Foundation award winners: ECC Distinguished Alumni of the Year, Linda Dearing Dean (Class of ’81); ECC Friend of Education, Robert Malm; Exceptional Friend of the ECC Foundation, Adrienne Butler; and ECC President’s Lasting Impact Awards: Mike Shales and Ed Hunter. Please take a moment to watch the captivating videos and visit the Awards & Honors page to see more on our prestigious award winners.

If you were unable to attend the Gala, donations are still welcome using the online donation form on the Student Success page. Together we will continue to achieve greatness with a common goal in mind: our ECC Students. Thank you again for your support. It was truly a night to remember!!

We look forward to seeing you at our next Gala to be held on September 18, 2021, at the Q Centre in St. Charles, IL.

To see the spectacular Gala event in its entirety, along with individual videos of our student performances, Award Winners, and Dr. Sam’s State of the College, please visit the Foundation's YouTube page.

About the Gala

For nearly 75 years, Elgin Community College has been steadfastly serving this community as it has evolved and grown. Today, we’re proud that over 45,000 credentialed alumni have come through our doors and back out into the city to do great things.

ECC alumni are your nurses and firefighters; your truck drivers and statisticians; your businesspeople and welders; and ECC alumni are your friends and neighbors. That’s why the Foundation Gala is so relevant and meaningful to continue to support students striving for a bright future.

Sponsorship Opportunities PDF

Please see the ECC Foundation Signature Event Sponsorship Opportunities form to find the sponsorship opportunity that is right for you or please call the Foundation at to create your own sponsorship package.