Pat Halberstadt is Garden Grove Citizen of the Year for 36th Americana Awards from Cypress College Foundation

Marc S. Posner
Friday, February 04, 2011
Pat Halberstadt is the Citizen of the Year from the City of Garden Grove for the Cypress College Foundation’s 36th Annual Americana Awards. The Americana Awards, sponsored by Union Bank, N.A., will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011 in the Disneyland Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.

Halberstadt’s journey of enriching children’s lives began over 35 years ago. She is responsible for merging the Girls and Boys Club of Garden Grove together. She goes beyond her organization and is willing to reach out to other clubs and share her expertise.

Halberstadt was instrumental in starting the Orange County Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, and allowed that organization to operate under her umbrella for several years. She currently serves on the Executive Secretary of the Orange County Area Council and works closely with BGCA.

As Chief Financial Officer and the only employee of the Girls Club of Garden Grove in 1974, she had an annual budget of $29,000 and her first two paychecks bounced. Under Halberstadt’s leadership the club began to grow, and soon had two locations, a membership of 600 and served an average of 250 youth per day. Over the years, partnerships were developed with the Garden Grove Police Department, Garden Grove Unified School District, Juvenile Justice Center, Truancy Reduction Center and CHOC. The Girls and Boys Club of Garden Grove now has a budget of $10 million, 452 employees, and serves over 5,000 children a day from 18 months to 18 years old.

Tickets for the Americana Awards are available from the Cypress College Foundation for $225 per person with various sponsorship levels also available. Information is available by calling (714) 484-7126 or at http://www.CypressCollege.edu or http://www.Facebook.com/AmericanaAwards. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with no-host cocktails and a silent auction. Dinner is served at 7 p.m.

At the awards, Frank Garcia will be honored as the Man of the Year. The owner of La Casa Garcia Mexican Restaurants in Anaheim, Garcia is known as an altruistic businessman who serves those who are less fortunate through his “We Give Thanks” organization.

In addition to the Man of the Year, the America Awards salute citizens of the year from the eight cities in the college’ primary service area. Along with Halberstadt, citizens of the Year are: Patricia Pina, Anaheim; Diane Scheerhorn, Ph.D, Buena Park; Frann Shermet, Cypress; Ron and Elfriede MacIver, La Palma; Alice B. Jempsa, Los Alamitos/Rossmoor; James C. Caviola, Seal Beach; and Sandra Stubban, Stanton.

In July, Union Bank, N.A., strengthened its partnership with Cypress College, agreeing to serve as the title sponsor of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Americana Awards. Union Bank has a long-standing leadership role at the college with representation on the Cypress College Foundation Board of Directors. Union Bank’s three-year commitment to Cypress College totals $75,000.

For more information about the Americana Awards, please call the Cypress College Foundation office at (714) 484-7126 or visit: http://www.cypresscollege.edu/about/Foundation/.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College has motivated the minds of students since 1966. For nearly a half-million people — including actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses and teachers — Cypress College has been a springboard to their dreams. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice and for others it provides essential training for a rewarding career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,500 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College offers 58 university-transfer majors, 145 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 55 areas of study. The college’s traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs just $26 per unit — just $78 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Financial aid and scholarships also are available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 110-campus California Community College System. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Stanton. Michael J. Kasler is the president.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22 and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

More information about Cypress College is available by calling (714) 484-7000 or by visiting the campus Web site at http://www.CypressCollege.edu.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.

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