July 2006


Mt. SAC, City to Honor Community Philanthropist Sophia Clarke

WALNUT, Calif.—With July 16 to be officially proclaimed “Sophia B. Clarke Day” in the City of Walnut, the longtime Mt. San Antonio College supporter and community philanthropist will be honored at a special musical performance of The Pirates of Penzance on that Sunday at 2 p.m. in the campus theater that bears her name.

Following the Mt. SAC Theater Department production, Clarke will be honored for her support and commitment to many projects on the campus and throughout the community. Representatives from the offices of Congressman David Dreier, Assemblyman Bob Huff and L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich are expected for the reception, which will be hosted by the Pacific Palms Resort. The event also celebrates the 10th anniversary of Mt. SAC’s Performing Arts Center.

Clarke, who will turn 96 in November, was the primary contributor to Mt. SAC's performing arts theater and has a long history with the College. Her association with Mt. SAC began with her concession business selling popcorn at the College’s athletic events. Later, she became a member of the Mt. SAC Foundation and was the major contributor to the construction of the College's James T. Clarke facility at Brackett Field, which opened in 1991. The $400,000 facility, named after her son, affords classrooms and a hangar for Mt. SAC's Aircraft Maintenance Program. In September 1996, she participated in the opening ceremonies for the Clarke Theater, for which she donated more than $200,000 for its construction.

Previously, Clarke was honored by the College as the “Outstanding Citizen of the Year” at the Mt. SAC Friends of the College program in 1989 and received the President's Special Award at the Foundation awards program in 1993. At the College’s commencement in 1998, she received the first honorary associate's degree ever given by Mt. SAC and was honored by the YWCA as a “Woman of Achievement” later that year.

She also has been committed to a number of other community organizations, including the Pomona Soroptimists, Friends of the Pomona Library, Brackett Field, Fairplex, the Salvation Army and St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church in Covina.

The Mt. SAC production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance–which also shows July 13, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m.–is the first public event celebrating Mt. SAC’s 60th anniversary in 2006-07. For tickets and information, call the Performing Arts Box Office at (909) 468-4050.

Mt. SAC Offers Child Care Food Program

WALNUT, Calif.—For the twelfth consecutive year, the Child Development Center at Mt. San Antonio College is offering a free and reduced-cost Child Care Food Program to all children who attend the center.

Through this federally funded program, the center serves nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks to approximately 200 children from birth to age 5.

Income eligibility guidelines require a family of four to earn no more than $37,000 annually to qualify for the program. Complete eligibility guidelines are available from the center.

For more information, call the Mt. SAC Child Development Center at (909) 594-5611, ext. 4920.