POMONA, Calif., (March 7, 2013) – Bright Prospect, a college access and success program working with over 1500 students in Pomona, Montclair and Ontario, will host a 10-Year Anniversary Luncheon at 12pm on Thursday, March 7th, at the Sheraton Fairplex Conference Center in Pomona.

Local leaders and community partners will gather to celebrate our students who have journeyed from high school through college graduation and show their support for the students who will also graduate from college, thanks to Bright Prospect. The event will feature the inspiring stories of 10 students, one from each graduating class, but also share the updates from over 150 alumni who are using their college degrees to positively impact their families and communities.

Stories will be shared in a commemorative booklet. Stories like Ryan who came to California at age 15 knowing no English whatsoever, but Bright Prospect became his second family and coached him through the process of making friends, taking more challenging classes and getting to and through Dartmouth University. Or Adriana, who watched her older brothers drop out of college, but managed to persist through community college and successfully transfer to Cal Poly Pomona where she will graduate with a major in Hospitality. And then there is Armando, who worked hard to help support his family by working at Stater Brothers throughout high school, and now he works in commercial real estate and completes transactions in excess of $650 million. Hear these stories and watch the highly anticipated Bright Prospect short documentary which will be available on our website after the event – http://www.brightprospect.org.

Speakers will include: Richard Martinez, Superintendent of Pomona Unified School District, Cameron Kinslow – alumnus of the program, Albert Chavez – current college student in the program, and Eric Garen, President and Founder.

Sponsors include Fairplex and  Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (Platinum Level), University of La Verne (Gold Level), Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Silver Level), Casa Colina, Val & Rich Crean, Ann and Steve Morgan, Technip, Pat and Mark Warren, and Western University of Health Sciences (Bronze Level).