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SGM Big Bear High School Education Foundation Alumni Newsletter
June 18, 2007

Foundation Annual Dinner

Sunday evening, June 10, The Stephen G. Mihaylo/Big Bear High School Education Foundation distributed their annual scholarships. $46,000 was given to approximately 38 students. It was overwhelming to see the talent come across the stage and receive the scholarships. Many thanks to Neal Waner, Foundation President for providing leadership for the foundation Board, to Dr. Russ Reynolds who directs the scholarship committee, to Phil Hamilton, Masters of Ceremony for the event, to Marie Wanke who organized the dinner and reservations, to Northwoods who was wonderful to work with for the dinner, to the many contributors who have given so generously for the scholarships and of course a big THANK YOU to Steve Mihaylo who matches every dollar we raise. Neal announced that the Foundation endowment has now reached $1,000,000. We have such a wonderful dedicated board who works hard to continue to raise funds for scholarships and the mini-grant program and the after school program. Neal Waner, President of the Foundation, announced the beginning of a five year capital campaign for scholarships. The goal is to raise $500,000 from alumni and friends of Big Bear High and Stephen Mihaylo has agreed to match any monies given to the foundation up to $500,000. It was a wonderful evening with 260 people in attendance.

Hall Takes Second in the State Meet

Chad Hall finished second in the State 3,200 meter race in Sacramento on June 1. Chad has also been named the National High School Coaches Association Boys Cross County Senior Athlete of the Year. Chad will run his last race for Big Bear High in Greensboro, N.C. at the Nike Outdoor Nationals held from June 14 to June 16. Chad appeared on Television on Prime Ticket the past two weekends running in the CIF finals and the State Finals. He has been awarded a scholarship to Oregon University where he will participate in one of the premiere track programs in the United States. Chad, you make us proud!!!!! I talked to Mickey Hall, father of these nationally recognized runners recently and about his whole family. Theirs is a blessed family!!!!! Way to go Mom and Dad Hall!!!

Another award for Kriss Proctor.

It was great to learn this week that Big Bear High School Football player, Junior, Kriss Proctor was named 2006/2007 San Bernardino County "Athlete of the Year" by the Press Enterprise. Kriss was a three sport star for Big Bear High School this year playing football, basketball and baseball. Remember he is only a junior this year and will lead the Bears Football Team as quarterback next fall. Kriss was really impressive in the summer passing leagues last week along with the receivers. It will be tough to surpass last years 14 - 0 record but we are on our way. Hope you can join us for some of the games next fall. I also just found out that homecoming will be Saturday, September 8th this year. Hope to see you all there. Go Bears!!!!

Capital Campaign for the Foundation

The Foundation announced the formal kick off of a $1,000,000 capital campaign at the annual dinner on June 10th. The goal is to receive both contributions and pledges paid in over a five years with the final result of adding another $1,000,000 to the endowment. With $2,000,000 in the endowment, the foundation will be able to distribute over $100,000 per year for scholarships and mini grants in perpetuity. While $1,000,000 is a lofty goal, the campaign committee working in conjunction with an outside fundraising firm put together a plan of raising $250,000 from key donors, $250,000 from alumni and the community, which would be matched by Steve Mihaylo.

The good news is that the key donors have already committed just over $500,000 to the campaign, and Steve has again graciously agreed to match it. So now the goal is higher and the committee will endeavor to raise $250,000 from the community and alumni. The new campaign goal is $1,500,000. If you would like to be a contributor to the capital campaign, or better yet, be willing to share this great story with your fellow classmates, let us know. You can respond to this email or send us a note (or check) to the SGM/BBHS Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1529, Big Bear Lake, California, 92315. We are non-profit foundation and all gifts are tax deductible. Since inception just nine years ago, this foundation has distributed over $300,000 in scholarships and mini grants. By increasing the endowment we both increase the level of support for students in Bear Valley, and also insure that this support continues in perpetuity.

Big Bear High School - Class of 1968 Reunion
Steve Foulkes if working on a reunion for the class of 1968. Steve can be reached at His winter address is 74-711 Dillon Road, #9115 Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

Big Bear High School - Class of 1987 Reunion
Our 20-Year High School Class Reunion will be held at: Northwood's Resort, 40650 Village Drive, Big Bear Lake, California 92315 TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW WHO WOULD WANT TO BE THERE! September 8, 2007 6:00 p.m.
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