John and June Rogers, longstanding partners with California State University, Stanislaus, are lending their leadership as chairs of a six-week fund drive called One Purpose.
“Supporting education and providing opportunities for students to achieve success and reach their full potential is important,” John Rogers said. “One Purpose will provide outstanding students with a valuable resource to succeed in their education: scholarships.”
More than 300 volunteers from the campus and Turlock community are coming together to carry out the vision of One Purpose, which launches Aug. 28.
Matt and Maria Swanson made a $250,000 seed gift to establish the One Purpose endowment, which looks to raise $1 million. A sign with the $1 million goal now sits on the corner of Geer Road and Monte Vista Avenue on the CSU Stanislaus campus.
The six-week drive will utilize teams of volunteers who will invite individuals to pledge their support; the funds raised through One Purpose will go toward scholarships that will be available to outstanding students in all majors.
“It would not be possible to launch an effort of this magnitude without the enthusiasm and support of leaders from both our campus and the community,” said CSU Stanislaus Vice President for University Advancement Shirley Pok. “John and June Rogers are steadfast supporters of education, and their leadership will uplift our volunteers and inspire others to give. Together, we are raising the bar for student success, and that success will build a bright future for our region.”
The Rogers are joined by Steve and Nancy Jaureguy, supporters from the campus community, and George and Karna Petrulakis, community leaders, who will serve as leaders for the two divisions — each with 12 teams under their responsibility.
The volunteers have dedicated their time to not only enhance the student success at CSU Stanislaus, but also to improve economic resources in Turlock and surrounding regions.
“One Purpose has the potential to change our community for the better in so many ways. When a group of dedicated volunteers come together for a common cause, our impact is amplified,” June Rogers said. “The goodwill of volunteers paired with the generosity of donors will result in scholarships that will be awarded to our best CSU Stanislaus students. Those students will then be empowered by their education to reinvest in our community.”
The One Purpose campaign's division leaders and team owners are as follows:
George & Karna Petrulakis – Left Brain Divisional Leaders
Left Brain Team Owners
John & Edith Jacinto – Team Lincoln
Vito Chiesa – Team Reagan
Mani & Jas Grewal – Team Kennedy
Pete & Bev Finley – Team Roosevelt
Dave & Cindy White – Team Eisenhower
Ed & Diane Persike – Team Washington
Brett & Diane Dickerson – Team Forbes
Adrian Harrell – Team Parks
Bowen & Michelle Cardoza – Team Churchill
Drew & Ashleigh Volk – Team Earhart
Curt & Sally Souza – Team Thatcher
Tony Dossetti – Team Ford
Steve & Nancy Jaureguy – Right Brain Divisional Leaders
Right Brain Team Owners
Jim Tuedio – Team Kahlo
Ashour Badal – Team Mozart
David Lindsay – Team Einstein
Oddmund Myhre – Team Galileo
Reza & Behraz Kamali – Team Aristotle
Mike Matoso – Team Newton
Frank Borrelli – Team Sinatra
Sharon Silva – Team Picasso
Paul & Carrie Melgard – Team O’Keeffe
Debbi Agresti – Team Hemingway
Nelson & Debbie Gomez – Team Da Vinci
Mike & Alison Allen – Team Shakespeare