Cuesta Foundation Celebrates 50 Years

Written by Estero Bay News

April 23, 2023

The Cuesta College Foundation invites the community to its 50th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 4, at Oyster Ridge in Santa Margarita. The event will raise funds to establish an endowment for the Cuesta Assistance for Student Emergencies (CASE) Fund, which provides critical financial support to students facing emergencies.  

“Our students are facing unprecedented challenges, particularly during the pandemic when we saw an increase in requests for emergency funds,” said Shannon Hill, executive director of the Cuesta College Foundation. “It’s more important than ever for the community to come together and support our students to ensure they have access to a high-quality education.”  

The program also recognizes the 2023 Honored Alumni recipients: Adam Watkins ’91, Caren Ray Russom ’88, Evan Norton, Psy.D. ’12, and Karl Wittstrom ’75. The Honored Alumni Awards were established in 1989 to recognize former Cuesta College students’ outstanding professional achievements and volunteer service. “

It’s fitting to recognize our alumni, who are a significant part of the college’s history, at this celebration,” said Hill.  

The event includes a cocktail hour with live music, a silent and live auction, plated dinner prepared by Trumpet Vine Catering, and a premier selection of local wine and beer. Tickets cost $150 per person or a tables of eight cost $1,200. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Go to the event website at or contact Katie Osman, Director of Philanthropy, at (805) 546-3915 or, for more information. 

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