May 26, 2007

No better place on earth - Part I

As the crimson sun set over the blue shores of the Pacific Ocean last Thursday evening, a capacity room of 250 Bruin alum, led by Cheerleader Emeritus Geoff ("Every Man Woman and Child") Strand, as well as popular, longtime Bruins' radio announcer Chris Roberts, whooped and hollered their enthusiasm for both the UCLA football and basketball programs, as they listened intently to speeches by Head Football Coach Karl Dorrell and Head Basketball Coach Ben Howland.

Dining on crab cakes and chicken filets, while bidding on an amazing array of Silent Auction items, the combined memberships of The South Bay Bruins and the Chancellor's Associates raised over $15,000 for the Junior College Transfer Scholarship Program.

The evening entertainment began with an inspiring short film produced by the UCLA Athletic department, lauding the recently accomplished 100 national championships milestone, which featured Bruin coaches from various programs relating their views on the feat, and culminating with The Wizard of Westwood, himself-legendary coach John R. Wooden, whose brief appearance at the film's end brought the house down when he simply stated, "UCLA-"there's no better place on earth to be."

Almost on cue, Strand jumped onto the stage and rang his famous bell, summoning a rousing eight-clap from the already frenzied crowd, before introducing Coach Karl Dorrell as "a coach who embodies the moral values and tremendous spirit of this UCLA Football team."

Coach Dorrell began his remarks by praising his alma mater UCLA as "a university with a pedigree with a remarkable amount of success-100 championships in its 87 years of existence."

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