Faculty members Thornton Perkins, History instructor, and Kiela Samuels, pharmaceutical PHOTOS BY LYNN MONSON technology instructor, dance to the sounds of L’USA.

Faculty members Thornton Perkins, History instructor, and Kiela Samuels, pharmaceutical technology instructor, dance to the sounds of L’USA.

It was a night of elegance, exquisite food and special toasts as the 2016 Golden Mardi Gras celebrated two milestone anniversaries – the 50th anniversary of Washtenaw Community College and the 30th anniversary of the Washtenaw Community College Foundation.

As in years past, the food and desserts showcased the talents of WCC’s culinary students, who worked under the guidance of WCC program instructors and guest chefs from Ann Arbor restaurants, the University of Michigan, and Katherine’s Catering Company. Music was provided by the WCC Jazz Combo and L’USA. Honorary chairs for the event were WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca, Elizabeth Petoskey, chair, WCC Foundation Board and Anthony and Dawn Procassini. Anthony was a former WCC Trustee and Foundation Board member.

Proceeds from the event will support scholarships for WCC students. Over the years, the WCC Foundation has awarded more than 10,000 scholarships – totaling more than $6.2 million. “It was a magical evening,” said Dr. Bellanca. “We are so appreciative of the support of our community and our Foundation members. We know that behind each dollar raised is a person who shares a passion and enthusiasm for our college.”

WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca welcomes attendees from the Mardi Gras stage.

WCC President Dr. Rose B. Bellanca welcomes attendees from the Mardi Gras stage.

WCC culinary students, guest chefs and employees of a local catering company worked hard to make the event a success.

WCC culinary students, guest chefs and employees of a local catering company worked hard to make the event a success.

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WCC culinary students received high-fives for a job well done.

WCC culinary students received high-fives for a job well done.

Members of the WCC Jazz Combo kept a lively beat.

Members of the WCC Jazz Combo kept a lively beat.

Richard J. Landau (far right), Chair of the WCC Board of Trustees was joined at the gala by his wife, Kristen Tsangaris, and their friends, Andrea Kehrer-Bates and Don Bates.

Richard J. Landau (far right), Chair of the WCC Board of Trustees was joined at the gala by his wife, Kristen Tsangaris, and their friends, Andrea Kehrer-Bates and Don Bates.

PHOTOS BY LYNN MONSON