President Dr. Jackie Fisher and AVC Foundation President Lena Grand Weber request the pleasure of your company at the 2013 AVC Achievement Awards Dinner: Springtime in Paris

Our Sponsors

Benefactor Sponsor

Lockheed Martin

Leader Sponsor


Wells Fargo

Ambassador Sponsors


Kaiser Permanente


Northrup Grumman


Partner Sponsors



Payden & Rygel

Piper Jaffray

Rio Tinto Minerals


Fred and Deneese Thompson

Friend Sponsors

Dr. Karen Cowell

Douglas B. Weber, DDS

Lynn DuPratt

Wanda Gallerson

Granite Construction Company

Senator Steve Knight

NTD Architecture

Shirley and Gerry Sayles

Southern California Edison

Union Bank

On behalf of the Superintendent/President Dr. Jackie L. Fisher Sr. and Antelope Valley College Foundation President Lena Grand Weber, thank you for supporting the AVC Achievement Awards Dinner.

We are sincerely grateful to all our honorees, those who contributed, attended and supported the evening, for your continued generosity and kindness toward our students and our college. Over 240 people attended the event, which netted more than $65,000 in support for our students.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Antelope Valley College students with scholarships, equipment and program support through the AVC Foundation. For more information, please call the Antelope Valley College Foundation at (661) 722-6300, ext. 6391.

The Award Recipients

Gary L. Bryant
Distinguished Alumnus
Gary L. Bryant (’64),
Retired, Federal Service

Gary Bryant

Stockton native Gary Bryant moved with his family to the Antelope Valley when he was 6 years old.

His father, Arnold, tried his hand at alfalfa farming before going to work on test planes at Edwards Air Force Base. Gary Bryant attended Eastside Union Elementary School and Antelope Valley High School before continuing his education at Antelope Valley College in 1962.

As it did for a number of area residents, Antelope Valley College played a significant part in Bryant’s life as well as that of his mother, Dorothy.

John E. Berry
College Service
John E. Berry,
Professor Emeritus, Business,
Management and Economics

John Berry

Professor John Berry’s influence extended beyond the classroom during his 21 years of full-time service at Antelope Valley College.

The same “will to succeed” that had been nurtured in Berry by his mother was passed on to a new generation.

Berry mentored more than 50 students who he helped to gain admission, scholarships and grants to historically black colleges and universities, as well as traditional schools such as Michigan State and Purdue.

Dennis Wick
Community Service
Dennis Wick,
Teacher/Program Specialist/Area
Director, AV Special Olympics

Dennis Wick

For more than 30 years, the name of Dennis Wick was synonymous with Antelope Valley Special Olympics.

Wick spent his career as a teacher and advocate for special needs youth and adults. As a teacher/program specialist for 37 years with the Los Angeles County Office of Education he established the first class for special needs youth on a local high school campus. In addition, he established the first Transition Like Skills class for special needs young adults on a community college campus in Los Angeles County – a program hosted by Antelope Valley College.

Lynn S. Harrison
Public Service
Lynn S. Harrison,
Former Mayor, City of Lancaster,
Comunity Resource Manager,
Dept. of Corrections

Lynn Harrison

As a lifelong resident of the Antelope Valley, Lynn Harrison sought to make a difference in her community and ran for a Lancaster City Council seat in 1982.

She was elected to office and ultimately served eight years on the city council, including one-year terms as mayor in 1986 and 1990. While on the council, Harrison addressed issues regarding land use, infrastructure, finance, regulations, law enforcement, emergency response and “laying a solid, quality foundation for our citizens.”

Cherie A. Bryant
Professional Achievement
Cherie A. Bryant,
Vice President & General
Manager, Antelope Valley Press

Cherie Bryant

Cherie Bryant’s career in newspapers began at a weekly newspaper in Georgia where she preformed a variety of tasks including photography, writing, page design, typesetting and commercial printing.

That variety of job experiences provided the foundation for what she would encounter when she relocated to Southern California to join the Antelope Valley Press in 1972. She was hired as a receptionist by the company to help the paper during its transition from old hot lead type to offset printing.

David Rehmann
American Spirit Award
David Rehmann,
Rehmann Realty Group, Inc.

David Rehmann

Publicity can be good or bad. In David Rehmann’s case, it was likely a lifesaver.

The Antelope Valley College graduate was on a combat mission as a radar intercept officer in Vietnam when the F-4 Phantom he was flying in was shot down. Rehmann was reported missing in action and presumed dead.

AVC Foundation Legacy Award
In Memory of Wayne Ekimoto and
Dennis Ekimoto, Presented to the
Ekimoto family


Event Photos

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