Culinary staff smiling
Two people with tickets


The Annual President’s Holiday Gathering felt more festive than ever this year, as 2022 marks the first time that this event has been held in person since the start of the pandemic moved most campus events online. District and campus employees gathered in the newly-renamed Lois Carson Campus Center ready to mingle and bid on baskets donated by various campus programs and departments. 

The total number of baskets exceeded last year’s fully virtual roundup, with a total of 28 baskets thoughtfully crafted and assembled by the morning of the event. The long-standing tradition of witty names and puns to describe the contents of the seasonal baskets did not disappoint, with “Bake My Day” being the highest-value basket featuring baking supplies donated by SBCCD district office colleagues.

The Holiday Gathering was a resounding success in raising funds for SBVC students, with the total value of donated baskets setting a high bar for future years. The value of all baskets donated was approximately $8,300, which, combined with $6,400 in funds raised through ticket sales, generated over $14,700 in total event proceeds.