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Americana Awards


42nd Annual Americana Awards

Sponsored by Union Bank
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom

Make your Americana reservation and payment online (Note: You will be directed to an external website to complete the transaction).

Kickoff - Group photo
Front row, left to right: Karla Galindo, Union Bank; Marilyn McCorkle, Anaheim; Laura Ellsworth, Seal Beach; Mavis Ethans, Stanton; Gail Poen, La Palma; Pam Scherer, Union Bank. Back row, left to right: Rick McAuley, Buena Park; Lamont Miya, Cypress; Catherine Sorensen, Woman of the Year; Rick Lerma, Garden Grove; Kenny Brandyberry, Los Alamitos.

2017 Americana Awards Recipients


Catherine Sorensen

Past Orange County “Philanthropist of the Year,” Catherine is an alumna of Cypress College. Over the years she has been active and supported the YMCA, the Assistance League of Anaheim, Nanz Kids, the Community Foundation of Orange, Grandma’s House of Hope and the Orange Public Library (where she funded the children’s wing).



Marilyn McCorkle

Marilyn McCorkle
Chairman and past treasurer, by-laws chair, and membership chair of The Guilds of Segerstrom Center (20 chapters); past president, treasurer, secretary and fundraising chair of the Assistance League Anaheim; member of Philanthropic Educational Organization, Chapter BP Anaheim; Annie Accolade Award recipient, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce.


Buena Park

Rick McAuley

Rick McAuley
Active supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Buena Park; Jonathan Jacques Children’s Cancer Center at Memorial Hospital, Long Beach; Salvation Army; Urban Youth Workers Institute; Pacific Symphony; and OC Memorial Hospital, Huntington Beach. He also attended Cypress College.



Lamont Miya

Lamont Miya
A Kiwanian for over 30 years, he’s advisor for Key Clubs at Cypress High School, Los Alamitos High School, Magnolia High School and Oxford Academy; assistant advisor to Key Clubs in North Orange County, Division 30; has taken classes at Cypress College.


Garden Grove

Ric Lerma

Ric Lerma
Businessman; member of the Main Street Association Board of Directors; member of the Garden Grove Community Foundation Board of Directors; active with the Lion’s Club and at St. Columban’s Church and School. Studied Aeronautics at Cypress College.


La Palma

Bert and Gail Poan

Bert and Gail Poan
Bert’s been a Volunteer in Policing, active in La Palma Neighborhood Watch, La Palma Library and Helping Other People Every Day food bank in Cypress. Gail’s been active with Neighborhood Watch, HOPE food bank, School Site Council at Los Coyotes Elementary School, and was program coordinator for the Pursuit of Excellence program at Kennedy High School PTSA. Both are Arts Ambassadors at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts.


Los Alamitos

Kenny Brandyberry

Kenny Brandyberry
A hero at Casa Youth Shelter in Los Alamitos where he has served in numerous leadership capacities, Kenny has donated more than a half-million dollars to Casa over the years. Purchased 100 trees to help beautify the City of Los Alamitos, and has sponsored the City’s July 4th Fireworks display.


Seal Beach

Laura Ellsworth

Laura Ellsworth
Activities include Seal Beach Lions, Chamber of Commerce, Save Our Beach, Police Foundation, and the Animal Care Center, to name a just a few. Chaired the City’s Centennial Committee and served as Grand Marshall for the 2016 Seal Beach Christmas Parade.



Mavis Ethans

Mavis Ethans
Active with Stanton’s Women’s Group (formerly the Chamber of Commerce Women’s Division), helps the Stanton Homeless Collaborative and the Lion’s Club, her church and the Americana Silent Auction Committee.


About Americana

The Americana Awards is Cypress College’s signature event, attracting 600 guests. Held at the Disneyland Hotel, Americana is now in its 42nd year. Proceeds support the work of the Cypress College Foundation. The Foundation funds student scholarships, student book loans and emergency assistance, faculty grants, endowment development, and more.

For more information about the 42nd Americana Awards you may call 714-484-7126 or email us at foundation@cypresscollege.edu

Contact Information

Cypress College Foundation
Cypress College Complex Building
Room # 304

Valley View side of campus between Lincoln and Orange

Phone: 714-484-7126
Fax: 714-236-0911

Student Spotlight

Danielle Nava
Outstanding Alumna, 2009

Danielle Nava has enjoyed a career in the not-for-profit sector for 15 years while serving the Orange County community.