Meal of the Year supports the dreams and aspirations of COCC students by raising funds for scholarships that will open doors once closed and change the students’ lives forever. In 2019, this black-tie affair netted $337,000 for scholarships and honored Jack and Barb McCown, who have been funding scholarships at COCC since the late 1970s.
We are delighted to be honoring Lori and Rod Ray at this year’s Leap for Success gala. The Ray family has a rich history with Central Oregon and COCC, including Rod serving as 2017 commencement speaker and their decades of support for COCC Foundation scholarship students. Rod and Lori have and are currently deeply involved in making Central Oregon a better place for all through charity, science, industry and educational efforts. Lori serves as a board member of the High Desert Museum (finance chair) and was formerly a board member at the Bend Science Station. Rod moved to Bend in 1965 and served as CEO of Bend Research (now Lonza).