SRJC Petaluma to Host Sixth Annual Building Community Breakfast

Petaluma, CA — The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Friends of Petaluma Campus Trust is presenting the sixth annual Building Community Breakfast and Fundraiser on Thursday, June 8 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m.  More than 250 business, education, nonprofit and community leaders are expected to attend. The breakfast takes place in SRJC Petaluma’s Physical Fitness Center located at 680 Sonoma Mountain Parkway.

The breakfast celebrates SRJC Petaluma on its beautiful Sonoma Mountain Parkway site, in Petaluma’s “College District.”  SRJC Superintendent/President Dr. Frank Chong will deliver opening remarks. Dr. Jane Saldaña-Talley, Vice President of the Petaluma campus, will present the “State of The Campus” address including an update on current activities, new and future plans for SRJC Petaluma.

Ali Afshar, movie producer, writer, actor, former SRJC student, Casa Grande High School graduate and Petaluma native, is the featured speaker for the morning.  Ali’s early passions included auto racing, wrestling and acting, and eventually led him to produce a number of full length feature films, including Born to RaceThe Wrong Side of RightThe Wizard starring Oscar winner Jon Voight, Running Wild starring Sharon Stone, and Pray for Rain starring Jane Seymour.  More recent film credits include DirtRide and The Dog Lover filmed in Petaluma.  Ali’s love of Sonoma County and Petaluma inspire the stories he tells through film and often bring him back to the area to shoot or premier his latest production.

The event will also feature short films from two of the Ninth Annual Sonoma County Student Film Festival winners who have been invited to provide a perspective on their experience at SRJC Petaluma.  These films had their world premiere on May 6 at the Film Fest Petaluma, in downtown Petaluma’s famed Mystic Theater. SRJC Petaluma Film and Media Professor Mike Traina, who has directed the annual Film Festival Petaluma short-film showcase and the fall/spring SRJC Petaluma Cinema Series since 2008, will speak about the innovative and cutting-edge programs his department provides at SRJC Petaluma, which are offered at no other community college in northern California. 

Silver-level sponsors for this year’s event include Clover Sonoma, Exchange Bank, Lace House Linen Supply, Inc., Mahoney Davison Co. Property Management, Pacific Union and Christie’s International Real Estate, Pure Luxury Transportation, and Torkelson & Associates, LLP, Certified Public Accountants.

Tickets are $40 per person and table sponsorships are available. Registration is available at www.santarosa.edu/foundation. Under News and Events, click on "6th Annual Petaluma Campus Building Community Breakfast.”

Check-in begins at 7:00 am.  Breakfast and program are from 7:30 – 9:00 am. Parking is free.  The event is an opportunity for attendees to explore the impact of SRJC Petaluma on the surrounding community. It also provides the chance for those unfamiliar with the campus to connect in a personal and welcoming manner. Tours of the campus are provided upon request.